Wichita State is close to starting fall baseball practice and for some that time will always bring up memories of Mitch Caster.
Caster, a Shockers outfielder and pitcher, died in a traffic accident in late August 2010 in West Des Moines, Iowa. He was on his way to Wichita after spending the summer playing for the Rochester (Minn.) Honkers.
Caster’s family started a memorial scholarship soon after his death and raised around $6,000. It is time to rebuild that fund and his family recently opened a gofundme page to raise money. The scholarship goes to a WSU baseball player.
“We wanted to reignite it,” said Susie Caster, his mother.
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Her goal is $10,000. As of Friday, donors, including several former Shockers, donated $1,230.
“When he was young and in high school he couldn’t see himself wearing anything but black and gold,” Susie Caster said. “His passion in life was baseball. We want to carry that passion forward.”
Mitch Caster, who attended Goddard High, played for WSU from 2008-10.