WRHS to let military see baseball games for free

February 27, 2013 

Over at Warner Robins High School, the saying is “Tradition never graduates.”

While a large part of that tradition is the academic and athletic excellence that Warner Robins High has maintained over the years, community involvement is also part of the tradition.

The Warner Robins High School baseball team has found a way to combine athletic excellence while honoring some special community members.

During the 2013 baseball season, all active duty military will be admitted free to the Friday night baseball games at the Demon Diamond.

These Military Appreciation Nights will include opponents from the local high schools: March 1 -- Veterans; March 22 -- Northside; March 29 -- Houston County; and April 12 -- Northside.

Game time for the Veterans game is 7 p.m. The other games will start at 6 p.m.

Along with free admission, there will be other events on the Military Appreciation Nights at Demon Diamond. The national anthem will be performed by special guests, ceremonial pitches will be thrown out by Robins Air Force Base Base VIPS, and Wounded Warriors and the Warner Robins High JROTC will present the colors.

The Demons will unveil special jerseys to wear on Military Appreciation Night.

When the idea was first broached to officials at the base, Ricky Vaughan, president of Demon Diamond Booster Club, said the response was overwhelmingly positive.

“We just wanted a way to honor the military and their service and to build our community relationship with the base,” said Vaughan.

The military appreciation program the Demon baseball team is doing this year comes on the heels of their first annual Demon Tune up, which was part fundraiser and part community outreach.

The event, held at the end of January, was a clinic for baseball players ages 5-14. Participants worked on baseball skills with Warner Robins High coaches in an effort to strengthen their skills and their confidence prior to Little League tryouts.

Head coach Bill Beatty and his assistant coaches worked on hitting, pitching, fielding and base running.

But the young players also received instruction on the other fundamentals of baseball like sportsmanship, positive attitude and the importance of working hard on the field and in the classroom.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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