A great alumni tradition is beginning to take hold as the Statesboro baseball program is set to welcome back former players for a third consecutive season.
Next weekend, all SHS baseball alumni are invited to return to their old stomping grounds to catch up with the program and see some familiar faces.
“I think that this is becoming an event that a lot of people look forward to,” former SHS baseball coach Kenny Tucker said. “It’s great for former players to come back and tell old war stories. It’s also great for old coaches like me to see how players have gone off to become great family men and important pieces of their communities.”
Previous alumni weekends have supported the SHS baseball program, but this year’s event serves an even more important cause.
All donations raised during the weekend will benefit AJ Scott, a local child suffering from Duchenne Muscular Distophy. AJ’s parents are alumni of Statesboro High.
“I talked to (SHS coach) Jim Simmons about AJ,” Tucker said. “He agreed that using this weekend to help him and his family is a great way to use the donations. We’re looking forward to having a great weekend and would love to be able to show our support.”
An alumni game marked the inaugural event in 2012 and increased support and interest is helping to create many more highlights. Last season saw the introduction of a golf outing and a family outing. Both return this year as all alumni can take part in an outing at Forest Heights Country Club on Friday afternoon.
From there, former Devils can treat their families to dinner, bowling and arcade games at The Clubhouse.
On Saturday, things make their way over to the SHS baseball diamond at Mill Creek Regional Park where two games are scheduled.
At 10 a.m., everyone is encouraged to take part in the father-son-daughter game. Starting around 11 a.m., the SHS veterans will go toe-to-toe in an alumni game.
“I guess we’re just going to play until we get tired,” Tucker said. “That might come real quick, or we might have a lot of fun out there. Either way, this is a great way for the Statesboro baseball family to come back together once a year.”
Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9404.