Vermont ballplayer killed in accident after N.H. game

Wednesday August 21, 2013

WOODSTOCK (AP) -- Police say a Vermont man died in a traffic accident hours after he was named the most valuable player of an amateur baseball championship game in New Hampshire.

Police say 22-year-old Jon Ferrero of Woodstock was a passenger in a pickup truck that struck a guardrail, flipped over and hit a tree in Woodstock on Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His best friend, 21-year-old Justin Pierce of Woodstock, was hospitalized. He was in fair condition Monday.

Police said there were alcohol containers recovered from the scene, but they aren’t sure if alcohol was a factor in the crash. They are still investigating.

Ferrero and Pierce were teammates on the Claremont Cardinals in the Connecticut river Valley Baseball League. Just a few hours before the accident, the Cardinals defeated rival Walpole for the league championship.

Ferrero, who played catcher, was named most valuable player, driving in the tournament’s winning run.

Claremont team manager Gerry Thompson called Ferrero "a beautiful person."

"The Cardinals had a tough year with injuries and adversity. It was a struggle to field a very competitive team for a few games, but without Justin and Jon, we would not have been able to finish the season, let alone win the championship," Thompson said.

A memorial service for Ferrero is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Woodstock Union High School.


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