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Players honor former athlete at Trey Altick Tournament

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Forty-eight high school baseball teams have traveled to the Twin Cities for the 4-day Trey Altick Tournament.

"In that press box up there, there's a big picture of him," says Matt Reeves, "and when I was a Freshman we would dedicate every game to him."

Matt Reeves' freshman year, would have been Trey Altick's senior at Neville High School, but Altick's sophomore year, was the last he played with the Tigers. In May of 2008, Altick was in a fatal jet ski accident on Bayou Desiard.

"It was just shock around the whole community really," says Clay Barefoot another Neville student, "it just came out of nowhere, nobody expected it."

It was the first time many students had to deal with the death of a classmate.

"I had never been through of anything like that, and I like being a part of something with his name on it too," says Altick's coach at Neville, Tim O'neal.

He's now the coordinator of the tournament named after the player. The tournament has grown to 12 different schools hosting over 48 different teams.

"I think 34 teams travel in, and they probably bring 20-30 parents with them," says O'neal.

It brings thousands of dollars into area hotels and restaurants, but more importantly, it allows Altick's name to live on.

"We should take pride in dedicating our season to him, and playing for him and their family," says Matt Reeves.

Although many of the current players, never had the chance to meet Trey Altick, they are honored to call him a brother and play ball in his name.

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