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Hyder's Highlights: Busy week ahead for Raiders

Alums expected to return for Homecoming this weekend

September 30, 2013 · @MTAthletics

In this week's Hyder Highlights, the Blue Raiders reach out to the community, participate in the Chuck Taylor Golf Tournament and continue their fall work.

READ TO SUCCEED

On Sept. 20, 15 Blue Raiders participated in Rutherford County's 'Read to Succeed' program. Players attended local elementary schools throughout the community and read stories to students.

It is always a blessing to be able to give back to the community; especially in ways other than sports. These kids look up to athletes of all kinds. When an athlete enters their classroom, it is a special occasion for these students that will not be forgotten.

BATS AWAKEN

Last weekend, the Blue Raiders took advantage of a rare occasion for the fall practice period. With no home football game or other events taking place, the Blue Raiders were able to scrimmage all three days to simulate a weekend series. 

On Friday, the pitching staff did a very good job of dominating the pace of the game, but the rest of the weekend belonged to the offense. Both returnees and newcomers have been making an impact with the metal. The team has been a lot more aggressive on the base paths due to the encouragement from Coach Scott Hall. He is always pushing the baserunners to pressure the defense. 

These Blue Raiders are shaping up to be a fun group to watch. The team will scrimmage later this week on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Come out and join us at the ballpark!

CHUCK TAYLOR GOLF TOURNAMENT

The Middle Tennessee Baseball program helped at the annual BRAA Chuck Taylor Golf Tournament fundraiser last Monday. Taylor played for the Blue Raiders in 1960-61. He reached the big leagues in 1969 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. 

The fundraiser was held at the Stones River Country Club. There was a morning and afternoon flight that had a total of 46 foursomes. We would like to thank everyone who came out to the event.

HOMECOMING 2013

The baseball team will host its annual Alumni Tailgate. The event will be held at the main entrance of Reese Smith Jr. Field. Cajun gumbo will be prepared by former Blue Raider Chris Leguenec. We would love to see as many baseball alumni come out and congregate with their former teammates. The food will be ready by 11 a.m and then you can head over to Floyd Stadium for kickoff at 2:30 p.m.

JOHN STANFORD GRAND SLAM FISH FRY

Just a friendly reminder that the annual John Stanford Grand Slam Fish Fry will be taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 9th, at the Livestock Center. Tickets are $20 and children under the age of six are free. If I were you, I would make an appearance at this event. This very well might be the best meal I eat all fall and that is saying something!

2013 FALL SCRIMMAGE SCHEDULE

Oct. 1 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 3 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 4 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 6 - 1 p.m.
Oct. 7 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 8 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 10 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 11 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 16 - 3 p.m.

2013 BLUE-WHITE WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE

Oct. 19 - Noon
Oct. 20 - 1 p.m.
Oct. 23 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 25 - 3 p.m.
Oct. 26 - Noon

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