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Memorial Unveiled To Honor Local Youth

By Staff | May 8, 2018

ANGEL?IN?THE?OUTFIELD - Family and friends of Colby Sandbulte gathered at the Emmetsburg Municipal Fields Sunday afternoon to dedicate a statue in memory of Colby, who lost his life in a tragic accident last summer. The statue features three bats, a ball and glove, with an Emmetsburg baseball cap, accompanied by a plaque in the shape of home plate paying tribute to Colby. -- Dan Voigt photo

It was a perfect day for baseball – the sun shining brightly in a blue sky with a scattering of clouds. A large group of boys and girls, some carrying their baseball gloves and bats. There were also lots of adults to watch the proceedings as well. But Sunday afternoon also held a special meaning for members of the Emmetsburg Little League Association.

A project conceived last Fall was brought to fruition Sunday afternoon as a statue was unveiled to a crowd of around 100-plus at the Emmetsburg Municipal Fields baseball complex.

The statue honors the brief life of Colby Sanbulte, who lost his life last July in a tragic accident. Colby was a baseball player who relished his time on the diamond playing America’s game with his friends.

“We’re here today on a day that Colby has given us, because he’s up there watching all of us,”?noted Val Morton of the Emmetsburg Little League. “We’re here to remember Colby and celebrate his love for baseball.”

Andy Joyce, who spearheaded the memorial effort, explained that the memorial was approximately 300 pounds of bronze, fashioned into three bats, topped by an Emmetsburg baseball cap, with a ball and glove at the base. On the pillar of the memorial is a plaque in the shape of home plate, with an image of Colby pitching.

UNVEILING - Andy Joyce, left, and Val Morton, right, unveil the memorial statue to Colby Sanbulte Sunday afternoon at the Emmetsburg Field of Dreams. A crowd of friends, teammates and community members turned out to honor Sandbulte, #21 the Emmetsburg Pony League’s “Angel In The Outfield.” -- Dan Voigt photo

David Sanbulte, Colby’s father, thanked the crowd for their support of Colby’s family, “it’s meant so very much to us. We thank you all for everything.”