Former Little League Coach Remembers Boy Killed in Gibson Co. ATV Crash

Mitchell Steckler's former little league coach says the spot in the dugout is nothing compared to the giant hole left in his family, friends, and teammates hearts today.

Brian Alldredge, former little league coach of Stecker's said,"He played baseball, basketball, and ran cross country he was just your everyday good kid, he was a great kid."

Just a week after winning it all, the little league 11-U tournament, little did Mitchell Steckler's family,friends, and teammates think they'd have that much more to lose.

Alldredge said,"I just couldn't believe it, just sad, just the same way everybody else in town, just heartbroken for the family."

As the eleven year old lost his life with one sharp turn, doing the one thing he loved more than baseball, farming.

Steckler, crushed by his side by side ATV in the field he was farming with his family off county road 350 in Gibson County, but this accident, a little different than the others, according to Indiana Conservation Officers.

Matt Clark, Indiana Conservation Officer said, "it wasn't a situation of him out riding around down the roadway being reckless, its one of those unfortunate incidents where you know an accident happens."

The vehicle also different than in most ATV crashes, as it was a side by side, a vehicle potentially more powerful than a normal ATV.

The side by side's roll cage landed on top of him.

Steckler was not wearing a helmet or seat belt.

Clark said "there's no way we can tell that but I do think that it could have significantly reduced the chances of him being seriously hurt or killed."

Alldredge says the Haubstadt little league plans on remembering Mitchell by playing with his initials on their helmets this season and hopefully for more seasons to come.

(Photo used in story/seen above courtesy of Scott Reid)


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