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Fallen Teammate Hangs With Damon's

The memory of Steve Pelletier hangs with the Damon Dogs softball team at every game. The team, which lost to the Stamford Police Association in Thursday's championship game, brings his No. 5 jersey and hangs it on the backstop. Pelletier died in 2008 from cancer.

"We've been bringing it to every game for the past few seasons,'' said Larry Becker, who played with Pelletier on the team for 13 years. Teammates also have his number and "Steve-O," Pelletier's nickname, monogrammed on their jerseys.

Becker and Pelletier were teammates on the first Damon team to play in the Industrial League 15 years ago. Becker said Pelletier, who worked with him in the design group at Damon, was a good hitter and outfielder.

"He was a great teammate,'' says Becker, who pitches for Damon. "He'd do whatever you needed him to do. He was a very humble guy."

Damon reached the Industrial League final for the first time this year. Even though the team came up short of winning the title, the effort it put forth in dropping a 24-19 slugfest to the Stamford Police Association would have pleased Pelletier, manager Don Mastronardi said. "We've dedicated the season to him for the past two years, and it was special for us to get to the championship,'' Don said. "I think we made him proud."

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