Tribe alumni game brings familiar faces home

Published 9:00am Friday, July 12, 2013

Inspiration can strike in the strangest of places. For Wetumpka’s Randy Belyeu, it struck while he was riding a lawnmower at Lady Indians Field.

Randy Belyeu and the Wetumpka Indians are set to bring the alumni back to diamond July 23 for the first Lady Indians Alumni Game.
Randy Belyeu and the Wetumpka Indians are set to bring the alumni back to diamond July 23 for the first Lady Indians Alumni Game.

“You’re on that thing for hours and thoughts come and go,” said Belyeu, the Lady Indians softball coach. “And one struck, it was something Coach (Rudy) Abbott told us: ‘Don’t forget where you came from.’ Then it dawned on me: Alumni Game.”

Thus came the idea for an alumni game. Wetumpka High is set to welcome back former Lady Indians in the first of what is hoped to be an annual fundraiser for the Tribe.

The game is set for the evening of July 23 at 6. Admission is $3.

“This is a great way to keep involved with the girls that have come through the program,” said Belyeu. “We really don’t hear from them except for the few that come back and watch. I want to get (the alumni) involved more because they are a great resource for the girls. Most of the girls have gone on to play in college;  they can tell the girls in school now what it’s like and what it takes to get to the next level.”

The Alumni Tribe will play the current Lady Indians with the coaches serving as umpires. Belyeu will coach the Lady Indians team and Gary Gregory will coach the Tribe Alums.

“Coach Abbott told us to not forget about the players that come before and this is a good way to honor them,” said Belyeu.

According to Belyeu, Peyton Tyrone, Kenda Orozco, Mercdes Frazier, Keri Hyde, Cassidy Moses and Brittany Moses have confirmed they are going to play.

“It’s a great fundraiser for our program and I hope we can do this every summer,” said Belyeu.

For additional information, contact Belyeu at 334-462-4087.

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