BURNT HILLS — The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake baseball team and its community will dedicate its newly-installed scoreboard in memory of former Spartan student-athlete Deacon Martucci on Friday afternoon.
Martucci died before his junior year in a single-car accident on Van Vorst Road in mid-August 2017.
He was a member of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake junior varsity football and baseball squads, planning to try out for the varsity squads during the upcoming school year.
The Deacon Martucci Dreams Foundation was created in 2019 by his mother, Sharon Martucci. The not-for-profit has been active, raising funds through several events involving the school and assisting other organizations, including the Animal Protective Foundation.
“That was something that [Sharon Martucci] mentioned that they wanted to do with Deacon participating in both football and baseball, she really wanted to give back to the program,” Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake athletic director Joe Scalise said. “We were hoping to do it last year, the dedication with the 2020 class, but unfortunately with COVID we weren’t able to do the dedication last year.”
The dedication is scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m. with a senior night ceremony to be held prior to the varsity game against Ballston Spa, weather permitting. Rain is in the forecast for the afternoon.
According to the Deacon Martucci Dreams Foundation Facebook page, the majority of the funds raised came from the first-ever “Forever a Spartan” baseball game in June of 2019 and football game in August that year, both inter-squad scrimmages, supported through the sale of commemorative T-shirts and sponsorships.
“It’ll be a remembrance and a celebration,” Burnt Hills baseball coach Josh Hadcock said. “We’re going to try to get as many of the seniors that would have been part of his graduating class last year, trying to get some of those guys back that are back in town.”
Hadcock coached Martucci at the JV baseball and football levels prior to his death.
“He had his close friends, but he was the one, kind of a goofball, always smiling and was a very talented athlete, almost able to do things like he wasn’t even trying,” Hadcock said.
One memory of Deacon that Hadcock shared with Sharon Martucci was his arm strength in the outfield, making a throw from the furthest point in left field at Mohonasen his sophomore year.
“The ball just came out of nowhere, hit the shortstop all the way on the infield grass and we threw the [runner] out at the plate to end the game,” Hadcock said. “It’s a throw you don’t see out of a ninth- or 10th-grader, he was just somebody that could do it all.”