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Alumni baseball game has line drives and able pitching arms

By Staff | Aug 17, 2018

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Line drives from athletes long-removed from their high school diamond days. Able pitching arms relishing the chance to once again visit a pitching mound.

And some of the expected banter between former Jefferson High baseball players who came together last Saturday evening at Sager Field for the annual Alumni Baseball Game.

With the game being streamed live on Facebook and the Baseball Boosters Club doing enough with concessions to take in $300, the players disregarded the light rain that had fallen about 75 minutes before game began.

Although the grass was wet and there were some stumbles and fielding errors, for the most part each team’s hitters pounded out line drives, doubles and RBI safeties, producing 11 runs between the two sides.

Most of the pitchers stayed away from throwing breaking balls, but did offer the 19-to-61-year-olds a variety of strikes with decent fastballs.

Names from the game with at least two hits were Josh Colvin, Stevie Peters, Brian Collins, Brian Maxfield, John Lowery, Jr., Eric Jones, Josh Hines, Tom Mercer and Stevie Nicks.

There were about five baseball alumni who didn’t play, but did chores like coach third base, make sure the action was seen on the internet and provide morale support from the first base dugout.

Many participants had played on state championship teams with several being members of at least two state title winners.

The game ended with Mercer making a long, running, over-the-shoulder catch as he neared the left field fence.

After gathering in a post-game group in the outfield behind second base, the gathering of about 27 former players traipsed off to Charles Town and ate together at the Glory Days Restaurant, to rehash some of the night’s highlights.