With the Statesboro baseball team off to a great start at 3-1 on the season, the team is giving some of its former players a chance to get in on the fun.
On Saturday, March 17, the Blue Devils will be hosting an alumni game at Mill Creek Regional Park. Former SHS baseball coach — and current football assistant coach — Kenny Tucker is organizing the game and hopes that it will become an annual event for the program.
"We just want to send out the word to all of our former baseball players," Tucker said. "Not only does this provide a chance for some guys to get out on the field and play again, but we’re hoping that we can raise awareness of the current program with our alumni in the area."
The SHS baseball program is looking to reconnect with some of its former athletes, not only offering a day of fun, but keeping them up to date on the Blue Devils of today.
"Former players from this program are still all around, but their lives have gone in many different directions," Tucker — who served as head coach of the baseball team from 1987-98 — said. "Those guys are doctors, lawyers, bankers and preachers now. There are a lot of walks of life, but it will be nice to reunite over baseball and welcome them back to their old school."
The field will open its gates around 9:30 a.m. for players to loosen up and take some cuts in the batting cage. From there, a draft will be held to pick teams and the game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
No set inning or time limit for the game has been listed, but once the playing is done, the festivities will continue. Just a month after the closing of Snooky’s, former owner Bruce Yawn will be out of retirement and on hand to grill up hamburgers and hot dogs after the game.
"I had to make sure Bruce was still up for it," Tucker joked. "We had this game planned before we knew that Snooky’s would be closing. Thankfully, Bruce is gracious enough to still help us out."
Mike Anthony can be reached at (912) 489-9404.