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The Mount Enterprise High School baseball team standing in front of their bus as a funeral procession passes. (Source: Facebook) The Mount Enterprise High School baseball team standing in front of their bus as a funeral procession passes. (Source: Facebook)
Center Police and Texas DPS treated the Wildcats to ice cream after their game to show appreciation for the team's gesture. (Source: Facebook) Center Police and Texas DPS treated the Wildcats to ice cream after their game to show appreciation for the team's gesture. (Source: Facebook)
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MOUNT ENTERPRISE, TX (KLTV) -

A picture of an East Texas baseball team is going viral.

People online say this picture shows the people of Mount Enterprise are raising their boys right.

Fifteen baseball players from Mount Enterprise and their coaches stood on a highway Thursday afternoon in Center with their hats off and heads bowed as a funeral procession passed.

“It felt right. Every single police officer was saluting at us, nodding at us, tipping their hats,” said pitcher, Grant Shannon.

The team decided to pay their respects during a funeral procession for Shelby County Pct. 5 Constable Stanley Burgay. Burgay died of natural causes Monday. He was 63.

“I pulled over to stop. And it was the kids who wanted to get out and stand on the side of the road,” said Head Coach Evan Delafield.

“I was about to go to sleep. Somebody said, 'Let’s get off the bus.' I popped up quick. I was like, 'You know, let’s go,' ” said shortstop, Christian Hammett.

Players said it was senior third baseman Ty Grubbs’ idea to get out of the bus and salute. Grubbs, who hopes to go into law enforcement, says the team needed to do more than sit by and watch.

“We needed to show our respect for that fallen officer,” Grubbs said.

Baseball mom Tanya Hammett said she was overwhelmed with joy when she saw the picture.

“We have good kids and they have big hearts. It’s more than just coaching,” Tanya Hammett said.

Players said they had no idea a picture was even taken until after their game.

“It meant a lot to the people that were there. I didn’t think it would make us famous for a day,” said shortstop, Blake Parham.

The team says they had no idea they would catch the attention of law enforcement.

“I wasn’t expecting it at all. When the police came in McDonald’s, I thought we were kind of in trouble. I really did,” Grubbs said.

Officers with the Center Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers simply wanted to thank the team by treating them to ice cream. But these players said their gesture wasn’t for likes and shares. Their motive was to show respect.

“That’s all, just show that you love and care for everybody,” Christian Hammett said.

Because that's how they were raised.

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