Game to benefit HV baseball team

By Kim Richardson
Star Correspondent
krichardson@starhq.com

   It will be a noon showdown this Saturday at Cannon-Gouge Park, as some of the many stars of days gone by take to the diamond in a doubleheader to benefit the Happy Valley baseball team.
   "Well, they need the money, and we sure do need the exercise," said former Warrior standout Roger Snodgrass. "We'll give it all we have, and then it's bring on the Ben Gay and heat pads."
   Snodgrass expects many players from recent and not-so-recent years to show up for another shot at stardom.
   "We had to give it up a long time ago, but there's nothing like a jog around the basepaths -- well, that is provided we can still hit that little baseball," Snodgrass said.
   All the players will be playing for one cause, and that's to benefit their high school's athletic program.
   "Yeah, we might be older now, but at least most of us are a little heavier," Snodgrass continued. "But hey, it's for a great cause, and that's what this is all about. We're still a county school and money's hard to come by. These guys play their hearts out, so we'll be doing the same for them this weekend."
   "Wings" and the Carter County Rescue Squad are expected to be on hand for the game.
   "I'm sure we'll need them," Snodgrass said. "Heck, after this we might need them just to drive us home. But in all seriousness, I don't know what we'd do without those men and women who show up at our doorsteps during our most serious times of need."
   Questions concerning the game, concessions and other details may be directed to Jon Whitson at 543-6217.
   Whitson, former standout catcher for the Warriors, is expected to be in prime condition come game time.
   "That's for sure," Snodgrass said. "I'm sure Jon and the rest of the boys will all bring their A Game. Jon was a real hind catcher, and hopefully we can round up enough good arms to throw him some strikes.
   In lieu of admission fees, donations will be requested by all in attendance.
   "Players included," Snodgrass said. "Hey, I remember what it was like when I played, so we're all willing to do what we can to help."