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Former Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher killed in car collision

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A former Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher has died in a car crash, just hours after pitching six shut-out innings for the Los Angeles Angels.

22-year old Nick Adenhart died early Thursday morning. Investigators say 22-year old Andrew Gallow was intoxicated and pulled out in front of the car Adenhart was in. Adenhart is originally from Maryland and pitched for the Kernels in 2006.

His death has shaken the major and minor leagues of baseball, as well as the people who knew him best. They remember him as a young man with a bright future, cut tragically short.

In his 14 years of radio broadcasting for the Kernels, John Rodgers says Adenhart was a standout. "He was kind, humble, unassuming, good sense of humor, a team player, a very poised young pitcher," said Rodgers. "He was a tremendous competitor, but he didn't huff and puff and kick the mound, with all sorts of theatrics. He did it in a very professional way."

Thursday's opening game brought smiles to the faces of fans, but Adenhart's passing is too sobering for many. Lanny Peterson oversees the team's host family program, and remembers finding Adenhart a place to live during training.

"It didn't matter if I'd see him in spring training," said Peterson. "He'd always have time to talk to you."

That sentiment was echoed by Kernels General Manager, Jack Roeder.

"He had a lot of composure, and he was very mentally tough," Roeder said. He added that Adenhart was always ready to get involved, especially with kids. Rodgers says he made an impact on the community.

"I just got a call today from a season ticket holder, telling me she was in tears, and her little fourth grade daughter was in tears, because as a first-grader, she still remembers how nice Nick was."

In a statement made by the Angels on Thursday, they said funeral and memorial arrangements for Adenhart were being planned.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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