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Jessica Loefler, center, watches as her husband, Patrick, plays with their children, from left, Navelle, 8; Kieran, 5; and Quinton, 6, at Sunday’s TinCaps game at Parkview Field.
Having a ball for Father’s Day

Dads bask in TinCaps fun

Players’ families travel to see game

Roy Latigo traveled to Fort Wayne from Benbrook, Texas, this weekend to watch his grandson Payton Baskette pitch for the TinCaps.

Patrick Loeffler became a jungle gym for his children Sunday afternoon as the family sat together in the grass.

Quinton, 6, tackled his dad from the side, while Hugh, 5, jumped on his back. It wasn’t long before Kieran, 5, joined them.

Navelle, 8, grinned as she watched her brothers and then swung herself forward, reaching for her father’s arm.

The family celebrated Father’s Day Sunday by watching the TinCaps play at Parkview Field.

A little playful tackling is part of every day life in the household, Patrick Loeffler explained. Loeffler, his wife, Jessica, and their children live in Fort Wayne.

“We like horsing around outside, going to get ice cream, visiting the splash pads, that sort of thing,” Loeffler said.

Across the field, Alyson Carter and her sister Ashley Putman visited with their father, David Putman.

Now that Carter lives in Nebraska and Ashley Putman is living across the state line in Ohio, getting the family together can be a little tricky, Carter said.

But Sunday, they met in Fort Wayne to visit their father and take Carter’s daughter, Evelyn, to her first baseball game.

“We had to kind of plan this in advance, but it worked out that it was on Father’s Day,” Carter said.

On the field, several players also celebrated Father’s Day as their family watched from the stands.

TinCaps pitcher Payton Baskette visited with his mother, Alexis Baskette, and grandfather, Roy Latigo, after Sunday’s game, a loss for the TinCaps.

“It’s nice that they made the trek out here. It’s good to have a father figure around today,” Payton Baskette said.

Baskette’s father, Tony Baskette, wasn’t able to make the trip up from Benbrook, Texas, but Basekette said he called him at midnight to wish him a happy Father’s Day.

Pitcher Tony Rizzotti’s father drove from Arlington, Texas, to watch his son play over the weekend.

“It’s actually pretty cool because this is the first time he’s seen me pitch since I signed (with the TinCaps),” Rizzotti said.

Rizzotti and his father, Joseph, had plans Sunday night for an Italian dinner – one that Tony Rizzotti said his father owed him for his birthday, but his father thought might be for Father’s Day.

“We’ll figure it out,” Joseph Rizzotti said with a laugh.