Navarro's baseball team honored Derwood "Pops" Penney before the team's home opening game Saturday afternoon.
Pops was a longtime volunteer coach for the Bulldogs and much beloved by players and members of Corsicana's community.
He touched the hearts of countless players over the years, and changed their lives on and off the diamond, and was one of the most respected, admired and loved baseball figures in Corsicana.
Pops passed away during the offseason, and his wife Wanda recently passed away. The Navarro players and fans paid tribute to both before Saturday's game.
The Bulldogs are wearing black patches with the number "26" this season to honor Pops.
The Bulldogs, who are ranked No. 4 in the NJCAA Division I preseason poll after finishing third in the nation last spring, opened their home season with a 17-6 victory over Weatherford in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, but fell in the second game 11-3.
Highlights of the day included Navarro’s comeback in the opener as the Bulldogs scored two runs in the first, a run in the third, two in the fourth, seven in the fifth and five runs in the sixth in the mercy-rule victory.
Reliever Gage Walters, who pitched three hitless innings, picked up the victory in relief of Navarro ace Carson Rollins.
The Dawgs had 12 hits in the game, including five extra-base hits off of four Weatherford pitchers. Eight players drove in runs.
Riley Lambert and Jose Gonzales, Jr., each knocked in three runs, while Stacey Bailey, Ethan Ruiz and Alex Vergara had two RBI apiece.
Riley Lambert led the way with a single, double and triple, just missing the cycle. He drove in three runs and scored twice.
Stacey Bailey went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs. Ethan Ruiz went 2-for-2 with a double, drove in two runs and scored two runs, and Alex Vergara had a huge game, going 2-for-3 with a homer. He drove in two runs and scored two runs.
Travis Eashburn went 2-for-4 and drove in a run in the second game, and Lambert drove in a run in th second game for the Bulldogs, who had eight hits in the game.
They play at Blinn at 3 p.m. Tuesday.