Hawks, Indians to pay tribute to military
by Carlton D. White
March 28, 2013 12:30 AM | 1853 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Friday’s baseball game pitting McEachern at rival Hillgrove will have a little more meaning than just positioning in the Region 4AAAAAA standings.

The Powder Springs neighbors will be honoring servicemen and women with Military Appreciation Day and all proceeds from the event will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Wounded Warrior Project raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members and provides unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. The project also helps injured service members aid and assist each other.

Game time is set for 5:55 p.m.

“I had the privilege of coaching (McEachern) coach (Dan) Torrenti when I was an assistant coach at McEachern and he was a player,” Hillgrove coach Dave Richardson said. “We talked last summer and came up with an idea that it would be nice if we could do something to honor the veterans in the area that are serving or did serve, so we came up with this.”

The Hillgrove booster club has been selling tee-shirts with all of the proceeds going to the project. Several former players that are now serving in the military as well as current and former staff members and visitors to the game that are veterans will also be honored. Tee-shirts cost $18.

“I have two former players currently serving in the U.S. Army, so we’ll be able to honor their families in their stead,” Richardson said. “Tyler Andrew graduated in 2010 and he’s stationed at Fort Bragg (N.C.). Daniel Ellis graduated in 2011 and was a member of our state runner-up team. He’s in Alaska, and his older brother, Wes, is an assistant coach at Hillgrove.

“We just thought it would be neat to honor active and former servicemen and veterans for their service. This country was founded on their sacrifices, and I’m so proud of my former players and what they’re doing to protect this country.”

With no rain in the forecast and temperatures anticipated to reach in the low 60s to upper 50s, several fans are expected to be in attendance. Hillgrove (8-6, 5-1) and McEachern (13-3, 7-1) are battling for the Region 4AAAAAA title and the right to host a first round state playoff game.

The Hawks have won two straight, while the Indians have won six in a row. The loser takes a step back in the region race.

“This is a big region game too,” Richardson said. “It’s a neighborhood rivalry, so it’s important and hopefully we’ll see a lot of people out there supporting their teams and our troops.”
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