RiverHawk baseball’s alumni weekend is on deck
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RiverHawk baseball’s alumni weekend is on deck

Published 10/2/17

Emily Osborne

TNE Writer

NSU baseball is expecting a full weekend when the alumni come to town. The first weekend of October will be packed full of events for the RiverHawks. From junior college scrimmages and a home run derby to a golf tournament, there will be something for all the alumni returning to Tahlequah.

Alumni weekend is nothing new for the RiverHawks.

“We have been doing an alumni day since well before I got here,” said Jake Hendrick, NSU baseball head coach. “We are trying something new this year by trying to create a fun weekend that includes a couple scrimmages where you can get a preview of the current team, as well as a golf scramble and alumni dinner.”

Friday afternoon will kick off the weekend with a scrimmage against Carl Albert Community College. Saturday there will be a two-man scramble golf tournament, a home run derby and a dinner for the families of the players and the alumni. Sunday afternoon they will end the weekend with a scrimmage against Independence Community College.

The RiverHawks have been playing intrasquad scrimmages for a few weeks now, but this will be the first time they will have the chance to play another team this season. Each of the players will be looking to see how they compete and how each player works when they are under pressure.

“I am hoping to see that we can play together as a team against competition,” said Dustin Burrong, senior right-handed pitcher from Fort Walton Beach, Fla. “I am excited to see some of the younger guys get into the game and see their competitive drive come out. It will be fun and exciting to start really playing.”

With former players from other years coming back to play, it gives the players, new and old, a chance to make new connections and also reconnect. The RiverHawks get to meet up with old teammates and get a chance to have a little competition with them again.

“I am most excited about seeing players from recent years that I’ve played with,” said Zack Hammock, NSU alumnus. “Once you are done playing it is tough to stay connected with your buddies. Even if you stay connected, it it hard to see each other. Alumni weekend gives us a chance to come back and see one another and remember the glory days.”

It is not just the alumni who are excited to see each other again. The players are too.

“My favorite part of alumni weekend is seeing all of my old teammates and seeing how many people still care about the program, and want to see it have success,” said Burrong.

History is an important part of this program for Coach Hendrick and the rest of the team, and alumni weekend brings history with it.

“I think history is important in any program and alumni weekend always bring that history to the front of everyone's mind,” said Hendrick.

The golf tournament is a two-man scramble and will be played Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon will be the home run derby, which is open to students to come watch. The scrimmage times will be on the RiverHawk baseball’s Twitter. Each of the scrimmages is open to the public for students to come watch.

The RiverHawks will have a few more scrimmages throughout the fall semester and will start their regular season in February. Follow the RiverHawks on Twitter for upcoming events @NSUBaseball32.

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