Date Published

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

CHICKASHA – The Drover baseball and softball programs are hosting both community golf tournament and an alumni weekend for former players to come together socially and competitively.

“I think it’s a great thing. It keeps them involved in our programs and it provides tradition,” Softball Coach Jenn White-Cody said. “And I think people love to come back … It’s a way they can reconnect with the guys and gals they played ball with.”

Baseball and softball alumni will meet for dinner and drinks beginning at 5 p.m. August 28, and will follow with an alumni baseball or softball game, beginning at 1 p.m. the following day at Bill Smith Ballpark. Registration for both is $30. Any additional guests — including spouses — are $15 each.

“It’s important for me that the alumni still come around and stay involved,” Baseball Coach Mike Ross said. “I don’t ever want to lose touch with those guys, (like those) who started the program, even on back to the 70s.”

They had a mini-reunion last year, and Ross said attendees loved the gathering.

“It’s important to me because I want our alumni to always be a part of the program,” he said. “It’s a family and always will be.”

Alumni and community alike can sign up for a fundraising golf tournament set for the same weekend. It kicks off at 8:30 a.m. August 28 at River Bend Golf Club in Chickasha.

Participants will work in four-person teams. Registration, which also includes breakfast and lunch, is $275 for the team before July 20. Late registration will be $325.

Cody said the softball program did a similar tournament last year.

“It was fun,” she said. “It is something that brings recognition to our programs.”

Together, the Drover softball and baseball teams are raising money to build an indoor hitting facility, Cody said. Cody and Ross hope to get enough money to begin construction late this year or early next year.

“It’s a good chance for the baseball and softball teams to (work together) for a common goal,” Ross said. “We’re just excited about it.”
The facility has been quoted at between $500,000 and $600,000, Ross said, but an exact cost has not yet been determined.

Published: July 6, 2010