Comanche County boy takes the mound on Friday in fundraiser baseball game for his late dad

A young Comanche County boy will pitch in a baseball game for the first time on Friday, but someone very important in his life will be missing in the stands when he takes the mound: his father.

Nine-year-old Braxton Pierce and his father, Vinson, spent months preparing for his youth baseball game, which was scheduled as a match-up between two Comanche youth baseball teams, but all of that changed on Sunday, May 27.

Pierce, who was also the principal at Comanche High School, died in his sleep of a heart attack.

The 35-year-old principal left behind a wife, a 13-year-old son, a 12-year-old daughter and 9-year-old Braxton.

"He was excited about seeing his youngest son pitch and that never got to happen," Blake Munroe, a coach for the Comanche Youth Council, said on Thursday. "It's still something I still can't believe."

Braxton was throwing pitches on Thursday at the baseball fields near Comanche City Park, where the game will be held, but he did not want to speak on camera as the emotions from his father's untimely death are still too raw.

Comanche Independent School District Athletic Director Stephen Hermesmeyer said that he spoke with Vinson the night before he died.

"It was a punch in the gut," Hermesmeyer said. "You don't ever expect to get news like that. It was tough."

Friday's youth baseball game has been turned into a fundraising event for the Pierce family.

Several items that were donated to the Comanche Youth Council will be auctioned off, with the funds going directly to the Pierce family, according to Munroe.

A GoFundMe page was set up shortly after Pierce’s death by Hermesmeyer's wife to pay for funeral expenses, which has raised more than $25,000 so far.

Although many people are still grieving over Vinson Pierce's untimely death, Munroe said that there is comfort in knowing that he left a positive impact on the world around him during his short life.

"Obviously, this is something that's not going to be easy to get over for anybody, especially those closest to him," Munroe said. "It's just time [that] heals all wounds."

Friday's game will start at 6 p.m. and after the game concludes, there will be a softball game that Comanche ISD employees will be playing in.

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