Local baseballers chosen to fill Dixie Lions All-Star rostersPublished 12:00pm Friday, May 17, 2013
A handful of Elmore County baseball players will have the opportunity to lace up their spikes for one more game in the 2013 season after being selected to play in the annual Dixie Lions Club East-West All-Star Game Sunday afternoon at 2.
Holtville’s Kevin Hall will coach the West Squad which features Bulldogs Hayden Lott (Faulkner State), Colton Campbell (Washington Lee) and Jackson Geddie. His squad also features Wetumpka Indians (coached by Russ Brooks) Charlie Crenshaw, Sammy Britton, Logan Burdett, Dalton Shepherd and Lee Gunter.
The West also features Prattville Christian’s Adam Pridgeon, Jake Newcomb and Web Bobo as well as players from St. James and Catholic Montgomery.
Both the East Squad (which features players from Montgomery’s Lanier, Jeff Davis and Carver Highs, along with Brew Tech and Montgomery Academy) and the West combine to bring 48 student-athletes together for the one-day doubleheader.
Also, Marbury High players Colton Thomas, Ben Barrett and Michael Peterson are part of the East Squad.
Lions East-West Baseball originated in Birmingham in 1943.
Some of its former participants who went on to pro ball include Mike Mordecai, Rusty Greer, Russ Davis, Jimmy Key, Jeff Brantley, Turner Ward, Brian Meadows, Todd Jones, Jeff Branson, Scott Sullivan, Terry Adams, Kerry Lacy and Reggie Golden.
Game time for this year’s event is 2 p.m. this Sunday afternoon at Paterson Field, and admission is free.
Bringing such a broad base of talent together all at once, East-West baseball has become a major drawing card for scouts seeking the most worthy candidates for their teams’ scholarships and contracts.
In addition to providing opportunities for the players, East-West baseball is a major fund-raiser to support the youth and eyesight related service projects of the Dixie Lions Club.
For nearly six decades, the club has given various forms of assistance to blind individuals, indigent eye patients, and young people. This has included support for guide dog schools, Alabama Institute/Industries for the Blind, and camps for diabetic children, as well as Alabama Lions Sight Conservation and the service projects of Lions International.