Remembering Tyler Alitz: Son, Brother, Baseball Player

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To play short stop a person must be a dynamic player.

They need to be a player that always wants the ball.

Two years ago, on the Roncalli baseball field that player was Tyler Alitz.

"It's a pretty rare find to have a kid like that," said Head Baseball Coach Tom Kupfer.

Kupfer coached Alitz for four years.

"He had a lot of success right away, so you could tell he was going to be pretty good. And then over the years he really matured and became a really solid leader. And ended up being an all state player before he left. And more than anything just made a mark on the program with how competitive he was, and how good of a role model," said Kupfer.

After high school, Alitz played baseball at Garden City Community College. This May brought an end to two great years. Alitz made All Conference and was on his way to play division one baseball at Moore Head State.

But Wednesday afternoon, after packing up from school the 20 year-old was killed in a head on collision.

It's news that brings tears.

"He did everything right, and that is what makes it so tough about the situation, he did everything right. He was a good student, he was a good baseball player, he was very responsible," said Kupfer.

For this coach, the ball park will never be the same.

"I'll just always remember coming to the ball park and seeing Tyler," said tearful Kupfer.

Today, Kupfer said now is the time to pass on Alitz good qualities onto others.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said Alitz's car crossed into oncoming traffic. It's still not clear why.

Another young man from Oklahoma was injured. Fortunately, he is expected to recover.

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