Vanderbilt Baseball Attempts To Bounce Back From Tragedy
Coping with death is never an easy process. When Vanderbilt’s baseball team was informed of their pitcher Donny Everett’s drowning just 48 hours before being set to commence their NCAA Regional game, many fans wondered how the Commodores would handle the heartbreaking misfortune.
Donny Everett, originally from Clarksville, Tennessee, was named Gatorade’s Baseball Player of the Year, and previously drafted in 2015 to play for the Milwaukee Brewers. The 19 year old was forced to sit out the first half of his freshman year at Vanderbilt due to injury, but planned to pitch in the team’s upcoming NCAA Regional game. Led by coach Tim Corbin, the Commodores were scheduled to play Friday night against Xavier. But due to extensive rain and thunderstorms, the game was rescheduled for Saturday, June 3rd.
After ascending the mound this afternoon, and even leaving an open spot on the field in remembrance of their teammates passing, Vanderbilt struggled to tame Xavier’s 13-runs in the 7th inning and lost their opening game 15–1. Everett’s family and mourning teammates will be kept in everyone’s prayers over the next few weeks.