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Raider baseball to host alumni weekend

Seminole State Raider baseball is inviting its former athletes back to campus for a weekend of fun and reminiscing.

The inaugural Baseball Alumni Weekend, slated for Nov. 11-14, will begin with the annual Fall World Series at Jack Pantelias Field on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The three-day, intrasquad competition will pit the Raiders' Navy team against its Gold team in a spirited competition for the "Golden Hammer." Admission is free, and alumni are encouraged to attend for their first glimpse of the Raiders' 2011 squad.

Game times are:

  • Thursday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m.

The final game of the Fall World Series will be followed by the College's first Raider Baseball Alumni Game, a six-inning scrimmage for former players of all ages. Batting practice will begin around 1 p.m., and the game will start at 2 p.m. The event is free for participants and spectators.

"I am really looking forward to having our former players come back to play," says Head Coach Chris Hayes. "They will get to relive old memories on the diamond and see the progress our program has made, due largely in part to the efforts they put forth when they played here. It should be an entertaining game and an extremely fun environment for everyone involved."

An informal social gathering will be held at 7 p.m. at the Garage Bar at Route 46 following Saturday's activities. Admission is free, but attendees must purchase their own food and beverage.

The alumni celebration concludes on Sunday, Nov. 14, with the Raider Run 5K, a family-friendly run/walk around the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. All pre-registered participants will receive a race T-shirt, and proceeds from the event will benefit Seminole State athletic scholarships. More information, including registration instructions and pricing, are available on the Raider Run 5K Web page.

The Raiders' inaugural Baseball Alumni Weekend was organized in response to the growing demand from former players and coaches. The goals, Hayes says, are to reunite old friends and to augment the increasing interest and excitement that have surrounded the Raider baseball program in recent years.

If you have any questions, please contact Seminole State's Athletics Office at 407.708.2090.

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