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Feb 19, 2014 11:10 PM by Steven Albritton

Lafayette High Baseball Team Working To Move Forward, LHS Looks To Help Victims Families

The Lafayette High baseball field was a little quieter than usual Wednesday afternoon. In Saturday's crash, at least 14 of the players suffered concussions and some are still out of school recovering.

"Little by little, we're going through the evaluation process and getting 2 or 3 back here and there. It's just an ongoing thing and we can't rush it," Head Coach Sam Taulli said.

For those with concussions, it's a six day process to get back on the field. Players must pass certain tests to be cleared for play. Some may not be cleared before the season opener next week.

"Monday's the opener against Dutchtown at UL. We'll see how things go Saturday and go from there," Taulli said.

Lafayette High Principal Dr. Patrick Leonard says the safety of these kids comes first before getting them back on the field.

"Even if the doctor does release the student as a patient, but they cant substantially pass that test they don't go back on the field or practice," Dr. Leonard said.

Thursday, Coach Taulli hopes to have more players back on the practice field. He hopes it will be another step forward from this weekend's tragedy.

"Just ready to get back after it and get back to baseball related activities."

Lafayette High will hold a collection and "Remembrance Day" for relatives of the victims killed in Saturday's crash. All employees and students, as well as members of the community, are asked to donate at least $1. The money will be deposited into the "Cheatham-Escort" benefit account at Whitney Bank. Donations can be brought to Lafayette High anytime Friday and Monday. You can donate HERE or checks can be made out to the "Cheatham-Escort" benefit fund.

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