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Wakulla County dedicates baseball field to Crum family

Posted at 7:28 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 07:29:22-04

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla.(WTXL) — A dedication to an entire community.

The Wakulla County's Youth Baseball League is honoring a couple who they say spent their lives helping others.

Corey and Shanna Crum were always seen out on the baseball field, helping out and coaching kids in the area.

That all changed when they got electrocuted while fixing a scoreboard damaged by Hurricane Michael.

Baseball was everything to Coach Corey Crum.

"He was trying to beat you every single play. As hard as he could beat you 110%. And then when you stepped off of the field, you were best friends again," said Josh Brown.

He also impacted the lives of hundreds of other players between Wakulla County and Liberty County before his life was cut short.

On March 10, 2019, Liberty County High Schoool Baseball Coach Corey Crum and his wife Shana were trying to replace a scoreboard damaged by Hurricane Michael when they were electrocuted and killed.

"The longer you thought about it, the more fitting it seemed to me that they were together because that's the way they did everything. But still something that seems not possible and hard to think of," said Brown.

Almost a year later, the Crum legacy will live on.

The Wakulla County Youth Baseball League dedicated the coach's favorite field at Medart Park, renaming it the "Corey and Shana Crum Field".

Friends and family packed the place sharing stories about the couple's kindness.

"Corey said if we built a baseball field at Wakulla Christian, he would install the lights for free," said Jason Lawhon.

And he stuck to his word.

"We actually started having practices at night. Coach wanted us to get used to the lights. Corey would come out to watch us," said Lawhon.

Wakulla Christian went to state that very year.

"We're always going to have that from Corey there. Whenever I see those lights, that's what I think of. He was there for long days doing that," said Lawhon.

And now any player that steps onto Field 7 at Medart Park will share a bond with Corey Crum.

Each year the group will give one player with "the same giving spirit as Corey and Shanna Crum" a Legacy Award