One hundred innings of redemption

WolfPack baseball hosts 100-inning game with hopes of cleaning up their image

Erik Brownell looks on as Ryan Lehman slides in on Isiah McDonald during the 100 inning game at Norbrock stadium on Oct. 12. (Marlys Klossner/The Omega)

Erik Brownell looks on as Ryan Lehman slides in on Isiah McDonald during the 100 inning game at Norbrock stadium on Oct. 12. (Marlys Klossner/The Omega)

WolfPack baseball played a 100-inning game at NorBrock Stadium on Oct. 12 to fundraise for the team’s reading break trip to Arizona.

The 100-inning game has been an annual fundraiser since head coach Ray Chadwick started in 2003.

“The Arizona trip is paid for totally by the players. Each player has to get $700. They go out and get sponsors to make a pledge in their name,” Chadwick said.

“The trip usually costs us from $30,000 to $40,000 each year,” Chadwick said.

The ‘Pack will play against various college teams in Arizona and when they return the spring season will start.

The 100-inning game was open to the community and equipment was provided for anyone who wanted to play with or against the WolfPack.

“We’ve got little kids coming out and we show you how to play roughly,” said team captain Lucais Simpson.

Simpson is playing his third year with the WolfPack and hopes the 100-inning game will help the team’s reputation.

“We had a rough year last year. Guys used to fight off-campus and we didn’t make a good name for ourselves. We’re trying to show that we’re not, pardon my language, the assholes or pricks of the campus that we used to be,” Simpson said. “As team captain this year, I’m trying to change that for the future and make the WolfPack look good again.”

“Last year I don’t think anybody actually turned out. The weather was bad. We didn’t really sell it that much,” he said.

This year, Simpson and the team advertised on Facebook and Instagram. They distributed flyers and posters around campus.

“We tried to spread the word as much as we can. This is a good way to get the community involved with us and show that we are changed in the ways of our past and are making it good for years to come,” Simpson said.

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  1. Roland Scott Oct. 17, 2014
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