Dale Willis is humble Hall of Famer

Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 07:56 PM.

His 1979 Laurel Hill baseball team is the only baseball team in school history to play in the state final four.

Proud grandfather

In retirement, Willis watched his grandson continue the family tradition of excellence as Donofro helped lead Crestview to the 2013 district championship.

When asked what was more special — his playing days or watching his grandson pitch — Willis quickly said it was sharing Roman's experience.

Full circle

Forty-five years after helping lead William Carey to the 5-3 win over LaVerne, Calif., for the national championship, Willis found himself coming full circle and fully able to appreciate the experience.

"I would say it was (the crowning achievement of his baseball experience)," Willis said. "I really enjoyed the coaching at Laurel Hill when we got to go to the state tournament and that kind of thing.

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