Elba baseball fund raiser

The Elba High School baseball program kicked off the season Saturday, Feb. 8, in a fun way as the program hosted its annual ‘Old Timers’ Hit-a-Thon and Rookies vs Old Timers game. The day’s highlights also included a ribeye steak sandwich plate sale, which is always a super successful part of the event. The actual start to Saturday’s action was delayed a bit due to rain in the area, but that soon cleared and allowed the festivities to get underway. First up was the ‘Old Timers’ Hit-a-Thon where participants slugged it out for two awards - longest hit and most hits. The longest hit award went to a repeat winner and early 2000’s Elba grad – Marcus Henderson. The most hits went to a recent Elba grad [Class of 2019] – Byron Johnson. The Rookies [current varsity Elba baseball team] vs. the ‘Old Timers’ baseball game was a 5-inning affair this year, with the Rookies coming out on top 7-4 in the end. The Old Timers took an early 1-0 lead in the game, but the Rookies game roaring back mid-way in the contest and jumped out to a scoring seven unanswered runs. However, the Old Timers showed the Rookies they still had fight left in them and rallied in the bottom of the fifth to close the game out with a 7-4 final. As expected, there was quite a bit of ‘smack talk’ coming from both sides throughout the fun-filled game, but it can be reported that all left smiling and still friends in the end. And, all were wishing the 2020 Elba Tigers best of luck this baseball season, which officially begins Monday, Feb. 17, at the Hits for Heroes event in Dothan as the Tigers will take on Geneva. The JV Tigers will host Opp on Tuesday, Feb. 18, and both the JV and Varsity teams will play New Brockton in Elba on Thursday, Feb. 20, beginning at 4:30. The proceeds raised last Saturday from the ribeye steak sandwich plate sales and the Old-Timers event will go directly to the baseball team through the Elba E Club, the booster organization for athletics at Elba High School. E Club parent liaisons for baseball this year are Kelly and Kayron Shehee. “Saturday’s fundraiser was a great success for our baseball program,” Kayron Shehee said. “We were afraid the rain was going to mess us up there for a bit, but it cleared up enough that we were able to continue with our activities. All in all, it was a great day for our baseball program!” The varsity Tigers will be led this season again by Coach Glen Johnson. He said he feels good about this year’s team and encourages all fans to come out and support the Tigers!

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