On Friday, February 7, 2020, two members of the University of South Carolina-Union softball team, sophomore catcher Grace Revels, and freshman third baseman Mia Stokes, were killed in a car crash in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
The Lady Bantams softball program announced this week that it is raising funds for a new scoreboard honoring the two players as well as name the softball field in their memory.
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Grace (20), from Lancaster, South Carolina, was an NJCAA 1st Team All-Region pick last year and was planning on studying Special Education. Mia (18), from Charlotte, North Carolina and whose twin sister, Mallory, and another teammate, Devyn Royce, were injured in the accident, was looking to major in Physical Therapy.
Mallory broke her arm in two places and needed surgery while Devyn, daughter of head coach William Royce and the driver of the car, received a serious concussion and badly sprained wrist. Both are recovering from their injuries.
Coach Royce gave more details on the loss of his two players and the plans for the scoreboard:
"On February 7, 2020, Grace Revels and Mia Stokes lost their lives in a tragic accident and became our Angels in the Infield. In honoring their legacy as USCU softball players, we will be naming our softball field after these two amazing players. On behalf of the USC Union Athletic department, the field will be named The Revels-Stokes Field."
"In celebrating this honor," the coach continued, "we have designed a 9.5 foot by 20 foot score board which will honor Grace and Mia. In addition, we are retiring of the jerseys numbers #1 and #22. The numbers will be placed in memoriam on the outfield fence. The USC Union Athletic department is asking for donations to help this honor become a reality."
The Stokes family issued the following statement today:
“Our family would like to thank everyone who has prayed for us and supported us through this difficult time. We are grateful that the school and softball program at USC Union would honor the lives of our daughter, Mia Stokes, and her teammate and friend, Grace Revels, by naming their field, The Revels-Stokes Field. We want people to remember Mia and Grace for their love for the sport of softball and the impact they had on the lives of all who met them.”
To watch a touching WBTV news piece on Mia and her family, Click HERE
On behalf of our staff at Extra Inning Softball, we strongly encourage those in the softball community to make a donation of any size to this great cause. We'd also like to thank Leah O'Brien Amico for her help with providing information for this article.
--- Brentt Eads, President & Executive Editor