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Teammates focus on great things Blaine leaves behind

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An Owensboro baseball team whose players are only between eight and ten years old are mourning a teammate on Monday.

Eight-year-old Blaine Jewell drowned at a birthday party Sunday at Diamond Lake.

Amy Espinosa's son, Aiden, was right by his friend's side with a group of other children who helped pull Blaine out of the pool after he drown.

"The first thing he said when he came home is, 'I just couldn't get him'," Espinosa said. "And it was hard for him watching his best friend knowing he was hurt."

Connor Hall never expected his eighth birthday party at Diamond Lake Resort Sunday to end with losing his best friend.

"Blaine was my next door neighbor and were on the same team," Connor said.

Connor says he'll miss his friend, but his mother, Brandy Hall, says like other kids at the pool Sunday, he struggles to understand why.

"The first thing he says to me is, 'mom, Blaine is so much nicer than me and a better guy. Why would that happen?'" Hall said.

"I'm so happy he got to go to heaven, but I'm going to miss him a lot," said Kaylyn Sowders.

So now, Blaine's friends and teammates say they're focusing on the good things Blaine leaves behind.

His great sportsmanship.

"When you hit a home run, he'll say good job," Connor said.

His friendship and good spirit.

"He was just one of the best kids I knew, knew wrestling just like I did, and loved baseball just like I did," said Kaylyn.

The Daviess County Coroner says Blaine was pronounced dead at the hospital after several attempts of CPR by another parent.

"It's a parents worst nightmare knowing something could happen like that. It could happen to anybody," Espinosa said.

Preliminary reports say Blaine and another child were playing when he slipped through an inflatable and drowned.

While the Daviess County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate, family and friends still struggle with why, too.

There will be a memorial service for Blaine Jewell at the Eastern Cal Ripken League fields in Chataqua Park Monday night at 8:00 p.m. 

All of tonight's games are canceled.

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