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TJC is "Hitting for Hartley"

TYLER. TEXAS (KLTV) - In baseball. every hit is important.

But tomorrow, every hit for the TJC Apaches, will have extra meaning.

"If we can get hot and swing the bats, we are going to try and rack them up," said pitching coach Hart Hering.

"At third base, I am going to be waving the arm tomorrow," said TJC head coach Doug Wren.

And it's all because of the letters HRH, you can find them on the players hats, on wristbands and in the dugout.

They're the initals of Hartley Renee Hering, the daughter of pitching coach Hart Hering and his wife Charlene, who was just 6 days old when she passed away.

"You don't ever think that this is going to happen to you," said Hart Hering, "But when it does and for the guys to rally around me and my family and the support that they showed, I was kind of blown away."

"With the circumstances this year and how it affected our team and especially one of our coaching staff," said Wren, "We felt like this would be kind of a cool way, something different, a way we could raise some money and support one of our own here at TJC."

The result is called "Hits for Hartley."

With each hit and each run tomorrow, donations will be made to the Hartley Hering scholarship fund.

"We talked with them about some of the things," said Wren, "We thought about doing in memory and dedicating the season to the Hering family and to Hartley."

"They came to us and said we want to do this "Hits for hartley" and we were like wow, we were really overwhelmed and humbly blessed that they would want to do this for us and our little girl," said Hartley's mother Charlene.

Though her life lasted less than a week.

But because of a baseball team Hartley Hering's memory will last forever.

"Just seeing that and seeing people remember her and remembering her as a life," said Charlene, "It just makes me very happy."

"Times, they get tough, and for those guys to come together and come up with some ideas to remember her," said Hart Hering, "And dedicate the year for her was very special for me and my family."

"Hits for Hartley" will take place tomorrow when the Apaches host Arkansas Baptist in a double-header.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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