Former Puyallup High School student-athlete, Eli Sevener, passed away Wednesday afternoon after he was taken off life support. Eli, who graduated from PHS in 2019, was hospitalized due to complications with the Coronavirus.

Eli played both Football and Baseball for the Vikings. He really shined on the diamond, where he was a pitcher. During his senior season in 2019, Eli helped lead Puyallup all the way to the State Tournament in Pasco. He posted a 3.98 ERA with 43 strikeouts and 4 wins in that season.

Eli’s brother, Zach, took to Twitter to disclose that his brother was taken off life support on Wednesday. “It breaks my heart to inform everyone that Eli has been taken off of life support and has passed on to heaven this afternoon.” Zach went on to say that Eli had so much more to give to this world and that he wants people to never forget his brother.

Via their Twitter account, Puyallup Baseball announced that they will be dedicating their 2021 season to their former pitcher. “The Puyallup Viking baseball family’s hearts are broken by the loss of one of their own. Eli will forever be missed, and we wish his family and community love and healing.”

It was also announced that Eli’s #21 jersey will be retired during the dedication season.

The tragic passing is a reminder of how devastating this virus can be, but more importantly, it reminds us of how precious life can be.

By Brandon Brown

Content Director for Eli Sports Network

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