Days before his graduation from Pelion High School, a senior and four-year starter on the Panthers' baseball teams has died in a motorcycle wreck.
Cody M. Kyzer died Thursday afternoon when he wrecked on his Kawasaki on Convent Church Road, Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman said.
Kyzer was riding west on the road when for unknown reasons his bike went off the right side of the road on its 200 block around 3:53 p.m., S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said.
Kyzer, 18, was wearing a helmet but died from his injuries at Lexington Medical Center, Harman said.
Kyzer was a leader on the Class 2A team, which is taking the loss hard, Coach Barry Fogle said.
"He was a good leader, energetic, a good baseball player," Fogle said. "He had just signed a letter of intent to play at USC Salkahatchee. He had everything in front of him. That's what makes it tough."
Kyzer started as a freshman at second base, but later moved to shortstop. The team's season ended at the District finals this year in a loss to Marion.
Fogle, coach at Pelion for 11 years, said the school has had extra counselors on staff today to help people having a tough time with the news of Kyzer's death.
"It's affected quite a few people," he said. "I've been a head coach for 24 years and this is the first time I've had something like this. It's not something I ever want to have to deal with again."
A Facebook has been created titled "RIP Cody Kyzer." Find it here.