MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University baseball team will celebrate “Senior Weekend” with the final weekend home games Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, but the festivities will actually kick off Friday, as the Bobcat seniors serve as “Game Day Buddies” at the Miracle League games that night.
The Bobcats have struck up a bond this season with the Miracle League and its valuable cause, raising over $500 for the league by hosting “Miracle League Day” March 14.
With the slogan of “Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball”, The Miracle League provides children with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. The league utilizes an ADA approved synthetic rubber turf field that allows all children with special needs an opportunity to play on a “level”-playing surface. The Miracle League allows these children an opportunity to finally play baseball for the first time in their lives.
The 14 Georgia College seniors will accompany the ballplayers as “Game Day Buddies” for the Friday, April 9 game at 6:30 p.m. between the A’s and Astros. Milledgeville native and Midway Elementary student Dy’Lon Rayford is a member of the A’s and also threw out the honorary first pitch at the “Miracle League Day” game at John Kurtz Field in March. For those interested in attending the game, the field is located at 5018 Mercer University Drive in Macon, Ga.
The Senior Weekend festivities continue Saturday with the Bobcat baseball doubleheader at 1 p.m. against No. 20 UNC Pembroke. The one- and two-year seniors will be honored prior to the first game. Then, on Sunday at 1 p.m. the three- and four-year seniors will get their recognition.
The weekend is sure to be special for the Bobcat seniors, with the chance to see their friend Dy’Lon Rayford in action, as well as be recognized for their hard work over the past few seasons.
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