Pioneer baseball taking on city celebs for fundraising effort

March 26, 2010  

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University’s Pioneer Baseball squad will take on a group of local celebrities in a softball exhibition April 11 in support of a national cause.

The Celebrity softball game will be played at Wilder Field on the Wayland campus with all proceeds benefiting the Pioneering Pirates, Wayland’s Relay for Life team, which raises funds for the American Cancer Society and its efforts to improve education, research and support for all types of cancer.

Gates will open at 2 p.m. on that Sunday, with concessions available for purchase including brisket wraps by Woody’s Ballpark BBQ, chips, drinks and other options, all benefiting ACS.

The game itself gets underway at 2:30 p.m., with the national anthem performed by Miss Wayland 2010 Lesley Gatlin, a sophomore from Graham, and the first pitch thrown out by Plainview Mayor John Anderson.

Then the two teams will take the field for a timed, two-hour softball matchup. The Pioneers are coached by Brad Bass, and the celebs will be led by Plainview High football coach and athletic director Marcos Hinojos, who will also be playing on the team.

The celebrity team also consists of Brad Andrews, a WBU alum from Gerling Home Health; Brent Patton, a WBU alum and principal at Plainview Christian Academy; Danny Glenn, President at American State Bank and current president of the Plainview Chamber of Commerce; Gabe Gonzales, Matt Gregory and alum Steve Pond, all of Kornerstone Funeral Directors; Greg Brown, a WBU alum and principal at Hillcrest Elementary; J. Pat Manning of Edward D. Jones; Jeremy Waller, owner of Leal’s Mexican Restaurant; Jim Landtroop of the Jim Landtroop Insurance Agency; Kevin Carter, a WBU alum and interim director of the Plainview/Hale County Industrial Foundation; Kevin Lewis, editor of the Plainview Daily Herald; Ricky Morton of Hubbard Pawn; Ritchie Thornton, principal of Estacado Junior High; Tyke Dipprey, a WBU alum from Morgan-Eaves Insurance; Matt Kelley of Hale County State Bank; and Willis McCutcheon, president of Happy State Bank.

Also assisting for the exhibition will be announcers Kurt Kaiser, a former Lubbock TV anchor, and Eddie Owens, corporate communications director for United Supermarkets and a WBU alum. Wayland’s alumni director Danny Andrews and property management director Danny Murphree will serve as umpires alongside Wells Fargo Bank’s Mike Fox.

“Wayland has been touched in many ways by cancer across all our campuses, so we felt it was important to get involved with the Relay for Life and support for a cure,” said Annette Coon, team captain and administrative assistant in the School of Languages and Literature. “The softball event is a way to involve the community as well in a fun, different activity that supports a good cause.”