Merced baseball game held in honor of twin brothers

A decade after a loss that was doubly tragic for a family in the North Valley, on Friday, surviving relatives honored the lives of twins using the sport they loved.
April 11, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A decade after a loss that was doubly tragic for a family in the North Valley, on Friday, surviving relatives honored the lives of twins using the sport they loved.

Every year since the tragedy, Dave Nannini has helped organize a varsity baseball game in honor of his twin sons between Merced and Golden Valley high schools.

Kevin and Brian were fishing with a friend in the San Luis Reservoir on Feb. 29, 2004, when their boat capsized in the windy weather. The athletic 27-year-olds tried to swim for help, but their bodies were found weeks later. The third man was rescued after clinging to a cooler in the cold water.

"It's been 10 years since we lost the boys. And the idea of this game came up. My boys loved the game of baseball, and I loved coaching them when they were in youth baseball," said Dave Nannini.

The game raises scholarship money for the seniors on both teams. The brothers' foundation has awarded more than $40,000 for higher education over the past decade.


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