Bobcats participate in Juco World Series Opening Ceremonies

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-05-28 10:38:11

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ENID, Okla. – All the pre-tournament hype is over.

It is time to ‘play ball’ in the NJCAA Division II World Series.

The Jones County Junior College baseball team participated in the Opening Ceremonies here Friday night before a jam-packed house at David Allen Memorial Ballpark. Head coach Christian Ostrander’s team entered from the first base side and Ostrander received a Region 23 Coach of the Year plaque at home plate.

Ostrander then won a coin toss with Des Moines Area Community College (Iowa) head coach Dan Fitzgerald to see who would be the home team in Saturday’s 4 p.m. contest between the two teams.

Fans can listen to the audiocast of the game at with Lance Pittman on the call.

JCJC catcher Ryan Roberts then represented the Bobcats in the Home Run Derby and did quite well by hitting a couple of home runs. The contest was won by Western Oklahoma’s Manny Marmol who beat Des Moines’ Robbie Rushing in a playoff. Each player hit four home runs in the opening round and Marmol had three home runs compared to one for Rushing in the playoff.

A rousing fireworks display then capped off the evening.

The ceremonies began with a hamburger dinner served to all the players and fans.

A giant American flag – 160 feet by 300 feet – was unfurled on the field and an American bald eagle named Challenger flew from centerfield to the pitcher’s mound while “The Star Spangled Banner” was sung by the Emmanuel Baptist Church choir.

Challenger is a non-releasable bald eagle cared for by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation headquartered at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. He is named in honor of the space shuttle crew that lost their lives in the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle in 1986.

Earlier in the day, the Bobcats and the other competing teams were treated to a breakfast courtesy of the local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the Central Fire Station. JCJC then headed over to Oklahoma Bible Academy, a local private school, for an early afternoon practice session.


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