Put Me In Coach

Sam Chambers
St. John's Varsity Baseball took on the alumni, who were ready to play.
The 5th annual St. John's alumni baseball game was held on Taub Field on Saturday April 4th.  16 alums, from the classes of 1988 to 2006 arrived decked out in Rebel and Maverick red and black for the game.  Also in attendance was former varsity baseball coach Don Lewis, who guided St. John's baseball teams to three SPC titles ('88, '89 and '91).  The Class of 2001 was out in force, with seven players in the game (Bracewell, Garwood, Pipkin, Rider, D. Tipps, P. Tipps and Walton).  Many thanks to Coach T Riley and this year's Varsity team for arriving early on a Saturday morning to help prepare the field, set up for the post-game barbecue, and for allowing alums to recapture a little bit of the glory of playing baseball at St. John's.  Tremendous thanks also to Jennifer and Jonathan Lee, parents of Ben Lee ('12) for cooking the burgers, dogs, and supplying all the fixings for the feast, to Bill and Penny Louis, parents of Mark Louis ('12) for refreshments, and to all others who pitched in to make the afternoon a success!  And thanks to Coach T Riley for encouraging and supporting alumni efforts to return to campus and share in a fun-filled afternoon of story-telling and friendly competition during the middle of his team's season.  Game MVP honors went to Matt Rider for his valiant effort on the mound, helping the alums secure the 11-7 win. Honorable mention goes out to Blake Benton ('88...the most senior alumnus in attendance) who donned the catching gear and got behind the plate despite lacking one particular piece of protective equipment. A great time was had by all...so much so that discussions of an alumni vs. alumni game or a St. John's vs. Kinkaid alumni game one evening later this spring were tossed around during the post-game "7th inning stretch" at the West Alabama Ice House. Contact Marty Thompson (mthompson@sjs.org) or David Tipps (david.tipps@gmail.com) if you want information on future SJS alumni baseball gatherings.

Alumni pictured from left to right:
Marty Thompson, Don Lewis, Peter Tipps, Michael Pipkin, Will Garwood, Blake Benton, Elan Levy, Zach Smith, Joe Cialone, Bradley Bracewell, David Tipps, Colby Young, Will Grundy, Cole Walton, Matt Rider, Pace Doherty, with members of the 2010 Varsity St. John's Maverick baseball team.