Last year’s inaugural Beardstown High School Alumni Baseball Game may have been rainy, but it hasn’t dampened the spirits of the organizers who are planning the event again this spring.
Adam Jamison, a graduate of the Class of 1997, reported that over $1,200 was raised among BHS alumni and friends last spring to purchase new equipment for both the junior varsity and varsity baseball teams.
“Money donated during last year’s alumni game covered the cost of a new backstop pad, new bats and new baseballs for the Beardstown Tigers,” said Jamison. “This year we plan to raise money before and during the game to buy new protective nets for the pitcher’s mound and first base. We also learned that Todd Harmeyer wanted to construct a warming track at Ed Lewis Field. We hope to raise enough money this year to see that happen and dedicate the track in his memory.”
Jamison and fellow baseball alumni planned the inaugural alumni baseball game to coincide with last year’s Alumni weekend. A total of 28 alumni gave a modest donation to participate and each player received a complimentary t-shirt. Last year’s game had to be called in the third inning due to inclement weather.
The 2nd Annual BHS Alumni Baseball Game will take place on Saturday, May 24, at 11:30 a.m. at the high school field. A $30 donation is required to play in the nine-inning game that will utilize a pitching machine. Alumni who graduated in an odd year will play those who graduated in an even year. In addition, alumni baseball players 50 years and older are invited to play a slow-pitch softball game at 10 a.m. as a part of the day’s festivities.
To register for the game or donate to BHS baseball, send a check by May 10 to: First National Bank of Beardstown; Attention: Beardstown Baseball Fund, 300 Washington Street, Beardstown, Illinois 62618. Include in the memo of the check the year you graduated high school. Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Email Adam Jamison at ajamison8 @frontier.com, or call (217) 370-3469 for more information.