Community remembers young Denison softball player

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - Those close to 11-year-old Presley Mitchell all say she loved softball more than anything, which is why her tribute from her friends was inspired from the playing field.

"I used to call her 'mother hen' because she seemed to be the one that if somebody was down, she would go and do her best to pick them up," said Presley's hitting coach James Bryant.

Along with being a team leader, Bryant says it was impossible to keep the young softball star away from the field.

"She broke her finger, she had to miss three months before we could let her play again, she had to have a pin in her finger. The whole time, she was at every game, even though she didn't play, she was there to support her teammates, that's just the kind of person she was," said Bryant.

On Saturday evening, Presley's team the Texas Attitude,was in the middle of their 5th game of the day, when Presley collapsed on the field.

She passed away later that night and the tournament was cancelled.

On Sunday, one of Presley's best friends and teammates Abigail Holmes, had an idea to honor her friend, by wearing her softball jersey to school on Monday.

Word got out on social media, and countless kids from as close as Denison, to as far away as Kansas, and Ohio, each wore their jersey's to school, in memory of Presley.

"Its hard to believe for a child to be 11 years old, and made that much of an impact on the community," said Bryant.

A close family friend says the medical examiner has not yet determined a cause of death.

D-BAT Texoma will host a benefit chilli lunch on Sunday, November 10 from 1-4 p.m. Proceeds will go to benefit the family of Presley Mitchell.