Bombers honor 2015 championsJune 12, 2021
By COREY STOLZENBACH
HUNTINGBURG — One of the greatest summers in the life of Devyn Newberry came in 2015, when he helped the Dubois County Bombers win their first Ohio Valley League Championship.
Newberry's parents, Greg and Donna, flew in from Georgia to League Stadium represent their late son - who lost his life in a traffic accident in December 2019. They gathered with some of Devyn's former teammates for Saturday's Fifth Anniversary Reunion of the 2015 OVL Champions - which couldn't be held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling the season. The ceremony was held before the game - a come-from-behind 6-5 victory against the Henderson Flash.
Former Bombers coach Andy Lasher presented Greg and Donna Devyn's home and away jerseys, as their son's No. 19 is retired and will never be worn by a Bomber again. They left the field together to Devyn's walk-up music, "Georgia On My Mind" being played at League Stadium.
"It means that my child will never be forgotten," Donna said of his retired number.
"I'm glad that they loved him enough, they respected him enough to do that," Greg said. "It's very special to us."
Those who knew Devyn and spoke to the Herald told of his niceties, his Southern charm, the fact that he wore a smile every day to the ballpark.
Lasher hailed Devyn as a great outfielder and maybe the best bunter he ever coached. He spoke before the game about how well-liked Devyn was, but also of his athleticism.
"I remember seeing him doing a backflip - just standing and doing a backflip after a game one day," Lasher said. "He would do things off a diving board that would make you hold your breath. He was an incredibly gifted athlete."
Those who knew Devyn thought this night would've meant the world to him if he was there.
"He would've been ecstatic," said Bombers assistant Willie Poe, a player on the 2015 team. "He would've been happy to see the guys, and we would've been hanging out somewhere after catching up and talking about the good memories and the good times that we had."
Poe said there likely was going to be a reunion out somewhere to catch up on old times. He remains good friends with his college roommate, Brady Pfaadt, from Bellarmine University, and Pfaadt was part of that 2015 team.
However, it's been a while since Poe has seen some of the others.
"You bring a lot of guys in from different areas of the country, then we kind of stay here for two months, then we go our separate ways," he said. "So, it's really cool to create that bond in such a short amount of time."
He noted the chemistry that they had off the field, but also there were both really good players and really good people that factored into it all, too.
The fact that this was the Fifth Anniversary Reunion, and that it's coming on six years since the Bombers won their first championship is hard to believe for those who were part of it.
"It feels like it was yesterday," said Dane Giesler, who was an assistant coach on that team. "...It's nice to get back here and watch another game here at League Stadium, and see some familiar faces."
Though nobody could see Devyn Saturday night, Donna and Greg, parents of faith, don't view their son's untimely passing as a loss. Rather, they just feel their son to got to where they're going before they did.
"He just beat us to our home, and we hope to be there with him," Greg said.
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