Ben Soto

Cate head baseball coach Ben Soto and headmaster Ben Williams stand by a plaque honoring former Cate parent Dr. Mark Montgomery, who passed away during the Montecito mudslide.

The Cate baseball team played their last home game of the season and beat Newbury Park Adventist, 19-9. The game was highlighted by a pre-game ceremony and unveiling of a plaque honoring Dr. Mark Montgomery, a former Cate parent who passed away in the Montecito debris flow. Montgomery’s son Duffy played baseball for the Rams from 2013-16. Montgomery regularly attended the games when Duffy was a student.

“To see the love Dr. Montgomery had for his son (and his daughters) was amazing...to attend all games, home or away, showed how much he cared about his family,” said Cate coach Ben Soto in a statement prior to the ceremony. The plaque was placed in the location where the doctor would cheer from, while attending his son’s ball games. Cate headmaster Ben Williams was also there to address the players and crowd. “Big ‘thank yous’ go out to the following for helping to create the plaque and honor this great man: John Swain, Dave Soto, Tano Vega, Joy Doyle, Monica Fumanski, Ben Williams,” explained Soto.

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