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Bluffton Baseball Team Memorial

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The top of the Bluffton University baseball memorial is shaped like home plate and has imprints of the cleats of the five baseball players that died in the tragic motor coach accident five years ago.

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A plaque in the Bluffton University baseball memorial titled "Circle of Remembrance" is in front of the five baseball jerseys that are permanently installed on the fence in the baseball field to honor the players that died.

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Tom Sommers, Bluffton University groundskeeper, pauses at the memorial plaque for the Bluffton baseball team while preparing for the fifth year anniversary of the tragedy.

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A cross and a baseball is under a plaque for each of the Bluffton players that died. This cross is in honor of David Joseph Betts of Bryan, Ohio.

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Bluffton University baseball coach James Grandey, who was injured in the motor coach accident that claimed the lives of five student athletes, the bus driver and driver's wife five years ago, sits in the memorial circle. Behind is a plaque to honor baseball player Zachery Arend who died in the accident.

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Coach Grandey puts his hand on the memorial for the players.

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Coach Grandey stands in front of the permanent baseball jerseys that are numbered for the student athletes that died.

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Bluffton University student Estee Arend stands near Riley Creek on Bluffton's campus. Miss Arend's brother Zachery Arend died in the tragic motor coach accident.

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Stylist Bev Shepler, left, shaves the head of coach James Grandey during the St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser on February 29, 2012.

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Hairstylist Heidi Wise, left, reacts at the halfway point of shaving the head of Bluffton University baseball player Ben Roeschley.

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Bluffton baseball player Nick Broyles, left, who went to Whitmer High School in Toledo, gets ready for hairstylist Deb Wentz, right, to shave his head.

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Bluffton University baseball player Greg Franks, left, has his hair tousled by friend Hannah Dusseau, right, before Franks has his locks shaved off.

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