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Taylor family plays ball at fundraising event

Brianna and Brice Taylor Brianna and Brice Taylor
Brice and Brianna Taylor both wore No. 5 Brice and Brianna Taylor both wore No. 5
A softball fundraiser brought out 14 teams. A softball fundraiser brought out 14 teams.
The fundraiser sold more than 550 t-shirts. The fundraiser sold more than 550 t-shirts.

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Brice and Brianna Taylor loved the diamond field. A Facebook tribute page shows a picture of them in the dugout. They both played second base.

"Both kids were extremely quick," their uncle, Dean Taylor, said. “That position fit their suit really well."

It's been a month and a half since 17-year-old Brianna died. She was hit by a suspected drunk driver. Less than two weeks later, her older brother Brice would pass after an ATV crash.

"It's just a tragedy and now we're living in it," Dean said.

The number 5 they both wore on their jerseys was on display as the Taylor family got on the mound.

Brianna's uncle found himself in the same kind of rundown play as she once did.

"Defense performed excellent but yet Brianna made it back to second,” he recalled. “And it was heartfelt, that I got in that situation, but I got out. But I felt Brianna," he said.

Saturday, 14 teams signed up to play, which included teachers and coaches.

"I had them both in elementary school and, as good of kids as you'll ever meet," Elizabethtown High School coach Tim Mudd said.

The event was organized by the school's student council and raised about $4,000. More than 550 t-shirts were sold.

"We sold out of all of our extras,” event organizer Morgan Dalton said. “We've had probably 50 more orders."

Half the money raised will go to Mickayla Harig. The teen is still recuperating from the crash that killed Brianna.

To the Taylors, the support has been overwhelming.

"It's just a great event from a great community," Dean said.

Dean scored two home runs Saturday. He was very proud of that and even prouder of his community.

Brice and Brianna's parents were out of town, but Dean said that it's faith and the community's support that getting them through.

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