June 4, 2013
All-star game to be dedicated to soldier killed in Afghanistan

The Evening Optimist Club of Sacramento is dedicating this Saturday's 42nd Annual High School Baseball All-Star Games at McAuliffe Field to United States Army Specialist Ray Ramirez.

Ramirez, 20, was killed by an improvised explosive device on Saturday in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

Ramirez attended Florin High School, where he pitched and caught for the Panthers' baseball team.

Ramirez participated in the 2010 Optimist Game.

His father, Jose Ramirez, will throw out a memorial first pitch at the first of two all-star games featuring graduated seniors.

Game 1, for smaller enrollment schools, will be played at 4 p.m. Game 2 will start at 5 p.m.

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