Monday, October 24, 2016

WVU basketball charity softball game

James "Beetle" Bolden batting during Friday's softball game  (Photo Credit: Shanna Rose)

James “Beetle” Bolden batting during Friday’s softball game
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose)

GRANVILLE, W.Va.– The second annual West Virginia University basketball charity softball game had a similar ending to last year, as the basketball staff members thumped the players 14-6 at Monongalia County Ballpark on Friday night.

Bob Huggins and Randy Mazey served as the team head coaches.

It was an evening of dancing, laughing and all-around comical baseball.

The players scored first when freshman Logan Routt knocked in Jevon Carter.

It was a lead that didn’t last long. The basketball team’s defense, or lack there of, proved costly. Outs turned in to triples and balls creeped under three gloves.

Athletic Trainer Randy Meador cleared the bases with a double to put the staff up 4-1 in the second. They would tack on one more before the inning ended.

Base running blunders also helped the coaches escape with a win. Devin Williams reached on an error but was originally called out after missing second base on his way to third. The call was reversed after a vote of the crowd.  Moments later, he was thrown out at home after getting caught in a rundown.

Later in the game, Daxter Miles Jr. was so focused on tagging for third on a fly ball that he missed the base and was doubled off.

To make matters worse, Nathan Adrian landed on his stomach while swinging at a pitch. He connected with the ball but was thrown out at first.

Despite the lack of talent, everyone on the field and in the stands appeared to have a good time.

“They enjoy it,” Huggins said. “It’s good for us. It was Debbie Williams’s idea actually to let us charge a little bit of something and give it to charity, which was a good thing. The people here were fantastic.”

All proceeds of the game were donated to The Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment.



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