Fans of both Moore County Middle School and Tullahoma Middle School baseball teams are urged to join their favorite squads at Waggoner Park in Tullahoma on Saturday morning for the first Batting for Joe Memorial baseball game.
The Raiders and Wildcats will meet at 11 a.m. in a game dedicated to the lasting memory of the late Joe Strasler, the former Moore County High School student who lost his life in an auto accident in February 2012.
Admission if $5 and all proceeds from Saturday’s game will be donated to the Batting for Joe fund, which is being used to build the “dream” — a new indoor hitting and pitching facility at Moore County High School. Strasler, who played his youth baseball in Tullahoma, would have been a senior at MCHS this year.
During Saturday’s game, there will also be a silent auction, which will include a signed jersey from former Tullahoma High School standout and current Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Bryan Morris.
Morris — currently in MLB Spring Training in Florida — made his Major League debut with the Pirates on Sept. 12, 2012, pitching a scoreless inning against the Chicago Cubs. The jersey he has donated is the one the Pirates gave him to commemorate his MLB debut.
Bids are currently being taken online at <www.facebook.com/battingforjoe> or by sending an email to Dianne Darlington at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. You do not have to be present to win. Bids will end at the completion of the game.
Anyone who can’t make it to the game, but is still interested in helping the Strasler family and the Moore County baseball community continue to build the “dream,” may make a donation to: Batting for Joe, P.O. Box 1000, Tullahoma, TN 37388.
Construction crews have already broken ground on the hitting/pitching complex, which is being built along the third baseline at Moore County’s Jim Burton Field on the MCHS campus.
—By Robert Holman, MCN Editor (Robert Holman may be reached at email@example.com)