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The Warren baseball team paid tribute to former player Justin Phillips on Tuesday, April 10. The memorial took place just before the Warriors' game against the Buna Cougars.

Phillips died in an automobile accident on January 17 at the age of 21.

After the starting lineups for both teams were announced, Phillips' brother, Austin Phillips, threw the first pitch, which was caught by his sister, Alyssa Phillips.

The Phillips family was then presented with a banner honoring Justin that will be displayed at Warren High School.

Following the presentation of the banner, a statement by former Warren baseball coach Joe Wofford was read.

"The game of baseball has blessed me with so many great memories, none more memorable than my time at Warren High School," he wrote. "Amongst those memories are a large group of successful young men who not only proved their worth on the field, but more importantly, life itself. Along with his brother Austin, Justin was one of the most respected and respectful young men I've ever coached.

"Justin exemplified exactly what was important to the Warrior baseball program: respect, class, dignity, dedication and hard work. He wore the uniform with pride and made an impact on the baseball diamond. More importantly, Justin always did the little things right, and was a winner in the game of life, which is a credit to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Phillips. He treated everyone he met with the aforementioned respect, class and dignity, and always put a smile on people's face. Rest in peace good buddy!"

A number of those in attendance at the game were wearing Justin Phillips memorial t-shirts in honor of Phillips. Phillips' mother, Christina Phillips, expressed gratitude at the show of support.

"Thanks to the Warren community and Buna for the tribute to Justin," she said.The Warren baseball team paid tribute to former player Justin Phillips on Tuesday, April 10. The memorial took place just before the Warriors' game against the Buna Cougars.

Phillips died in an automobile accident on January 17 at the age of 21.

After the starting lineups for both teams were announced, Phillips' brother, Austin Phillips, threw the first pitch, which was caught by his sister, Alyssa Phillips.

The Phillips family was then presented with a banner honoring Justin that will be displayed at Warren High School.

Following the presentation of the banner, a statement by former Warren baseball coach Joe Wofford was read.
"The game of baseball has blessed me with so many great memories, none more memorable than my time at Warren High School," he wrote. "Amongst those memories are a large group of successful young men who not only proved their worth on the field, but more importantly, life itself. Along with his brother Austin, Justin was one of the most respected and respectful young men I've ever coached.

"Justin exemplified exactly what was important to the Warrior baseball program: respect, class, dignity, dedication and hard work. He wore the uniform with pride and made an impact on the baseball diamond. More importantly, Justin always did the little things right, and was a winner in the game of life, which is a credit to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Phillips. He treated everyone he met with the aforementioned respect, class and dignity, and always put a smile on people's face. Rest in peace good buddy!"

A number of those in attendance at the game were wearing Justin Phillips memorial t-shirts in honor of Phillips. Phillips' mother, Christina Phillips, expressed gratitude at the show of support.

"Thanks to the Warren community and Buna for the tribute to Justin," she said.