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Rallying to the Color Purple

06/07/2014 12:37 AM -

 It was a night that saw many fan favorites from the Mustang teams of 2009-2013. The 2014 Mustangs in their normal home attire, and the Alumni, donning a bright purple jersey in remembrance of Erin Hook.

Erin Hook was a former employee of the Mustangs who absolutely loved the color purple.  She died tragically in a car wreck in March of 2014.

The night’s game included a 50/50 raffle as well as a jersey auction that had all the proceeds going to the Erin L. Hook Fellowship of Christian Athletes Scholarship Fund.

The night began with one of the most amazing National Anthems you will ever see. Cooper, who has Down syndrome, had always dreamed about singing the National Anthem at the beginning of an event. He got his shot, and wowed all 3,007 Mustang fans.

The first couple of innings saw each team feeling out the other, judging each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

A few of the Alumni players proved that they still had the magic. Starting Catcher, TJ Daily of the 2010 and 2011 Mustangs team showed off his cannon while gunning down Josh Cassidy as he attempted to steal second base .

The first run of the ball game would come in the bottom half the third inning when center fielder Ryan Abernathy hit a single to drive in Matt Johnson. Abernathy would later score on a wild pitch.

The score remained 2-0 in favor of the 2014 Mustangs, until of course, 2009 and 2010 Mustangs player and current coach Johnny Coy came up to bat. Coy, who would later be named the Eagle Radio Alumni Player of the Game, Launched a two run home run over the left field fence to tie the game. Coy’s home run was the first at Phil Welch Stadium this season.

The score would remain 2-2 until the 2014 Mustangs went on a two out rally in the 8th inning. Brady Anderson, The Mustangs Eagle Radio Player of the Game, hit a bloop single over the 2nd baseman’s head to drive in Andrew Standifer for the go ahead head, and eventual winning, run of the game.

The rally continued when Josh Cassidy came up to the plate. With two on and two out, Cassidy rips a liner into left field to drive in a couple of insurance runs and give the 2014 Mustangs a 5-2 lead. This score would prove to be the final as well.

.Throughout the game the Mustangs were doing a 50/50 raffle with the proceeds going to Erin’s Scholarship fund. The raffle was able to raise $1174. The 50/50 split was $587.

The Jersey auction also did very well in bringing in money for the scholarship fund. The purple jerseys that the players and coaches wore raised a total of $2367.

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