Bonita Bearcats Dedicate Home Dugout to Past Player

May 7, 2010
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The new plaque dedicated to Tim Dewhurst that will go up in the Bonita home dugout.

The new plaque dedicated to Tim Dewhurst that will go up in the Bonita home dugout.

A moment of silence on the field in Tim's memory.

A moment of silence on the field in Tim's memory.

Coach Knott with Tim's brother Michael.

Coach Knott with Tim's brother Michael.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the new expanded dugout out that was built and dedicated to the memory of former standout Bearcats pitcher and centerfielder Tim Dewhurst practically was. It was inspired work.

Over one spring weekend, with the help of the Bonita coaching staff, players and Bonita alumnus and contractor Tommy St. Clair, father Peter Dewhurst spearheaded the drive to expand the Bonita dugout with a concrete apron giving the players more room to move around in between innings.

Tim during his Bonita playing days.

Tim during his Bonita playing days.

Before Bonita’s game against Wilson, Bonita Coach John Knott, his coaches and players honored the Dewhurst family and the memory of Tim who was killed in a tragic auto accident on Nov. 22, 2008.

For years, father Peter Dewhurst, a Bonita alumnus who owns Dynamic Auto repair in town, was a fixture at the Bonita field, helping organize everything from the team program to the snack bar. Peter’s son Michael, on hand for dedication and ceremony as well, was also a top pitcher for the Bearcats for many seasons.

“We had 22 boys with picks and shovels,” Dewhurst said about the day the cement was poured. “They picked it out, we poured the concrete and it was done. They called the fence company on Monday, and the fence company put up the fence and that was it.”

In a way, the new expanded dugout could be Tim’s and the Dewhurst’s family’s way to keep giving back to Bonita. With less foul territory now in play, Bonita batting averages have soared this season. This week alone, Bonita outscored Wilson 30-0 in back-to-back games.

Strange, unexplained events happen during the course of the season. The dugout has been blessed and will serve as a reminder of former Bearcats’ players’ past contributions that have helped build Bonita into one of the valley’s best baseball programs.

Former Bonita Baseball alumns Michael with his battery mate, Nathan Surina.

Former Bonita Baseball alumns Michael with his battery mate, Nathan Surina.

 

Tim Dewhurst confidently leaving the field after leading the Bearcats to another victory.

Tim Dewhurst confidently leaving the field after leading the Bearcats to another victory.

 

 

 

 

 

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