Former Moose Jaw Miller Express pitcher Austin Tasler, 36, was found dead after a boating accident on Lake Conroe in Texas.
Tasler was reportedly boating on March 13 with several others when they decided to go for a swim. Tasler went under and never resurfaced.
His body was eventually found on March 16 in Lake Conroe.
According to a Facebook post by Tasler’s father, Michael, he jumped into the water to save a friend in trouble, but couldn’t save his own life.
Miller Express general manager Cory Olafson fondly remembered Tasler as a member of the ball club.
“Every time he took to the mound he was playing to win. He had a lot of fight in him,” Olafson said.
“What I remember more about Austin was we used to call him the 'Mouth of the South.' He was one of those kids that was always moving his mouth and just very well-liked by the coaching staff and his fellow players.”
Olafson said Tasler played for the Miller Express around the 2005-2006 season.