Paint Branch twin brothers Will and David Smith played with heavy hearts through the beginning of baseball season for Paint Branch. But the seniors have played well in the wake of their father, Michael Smith, passing away Sunday night after a battle with colon cancer. He was 51.
Paint Branch Coach Tommy Rey gave the Smith brothers the option of playing in the Panthers’ games this week, sitting them out or rescheduling the games. The decision, though, was easy.
“They wanted to play,” Rey said. “It was one of those things where they said their father would have wanted them to play.”
Rey said the Panthers (2-1) have dedicated their season to Michael Smith and players are wearing maroon wristbands with inscribed with his initials and a black patch. He is writing the boys’ jersey numbers, 12 and 22, on each scorecard.