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Tommy Watanabe, former Bella Vista pitcher headed to Nevada, dies at 20

Tommy Watanabe, a former Bella Vista student headed to Nevada on a baseball scholarship, died on Saturday.

The 20-year-old was found unresponsive in his home in Gold River on Saturday morning, according to the San Mateo Daily Journal. Watanabe pitched the last two years at the College of San Mateo.

Watanabe had spent Friday hanging out with friends, but never woke up on Saturday, according to CBS Sacramento.

The right-handed pitcher played for the Wenatchee AppleSox in Washington this summer, appearing in three games. He left the team prior to the end of the season and returned to Sacramento in late July, according to the Daily Journal.

On Monday night, the AppleSox had a special tribute for Watanabe, laying his jersey on the mound and holding a moment of silence before the game, according to CBS Sacramento.

The results of the autopsy and toxicology reports may not be released for a few months, according to CBS Sacramento.

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