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First Pitch Luncheon is a Homerun

Brendan Clary, Staff Writer

Feb. 6, 2014
First Pitch luncheon is a success.

Just last week the National College Baseball Hall of Fame hosted Lubbock’s First Pitch Luncheon to signify the start of baseball season. Chaps Head Baseball Coach, Nathan Blackwood, along with area high school coaches and Texas Tech Head Coach, Tim Tadlock, provided area baseball fanatics a sneak peek into the upcoming 2014 baseball season.

Lubbock Christian University is in the midst of transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division II as part of the Heartland Conference, and both the coaching staff and players are more than ready to spend less time indoors and finally have an opportunity to get outside on the field and get to work. This transition also means there will not be any chance at a post-season opportunity for the next couple of years.

The keynote speaker for the event was Texas Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers, who was accompanied by Fox Sports Network anchor and reporter Emily Jones, a native of Plainview and alumnus of Texas Tech University. This year marked the first time that the First Pitch Luncheon has involved high school, collegiate, and professional baseball teams.

Coronado High School baseball coach and LCU alum, Gary Hicks, was one of the area coaches in attendance at the luncheon. He began playing for LCU in 1979 and played in the NAIA National Championship game his senior year. Coach Hicks has been known to come and watch LCU play ball every chance he gets (when he isn’t busy preparing Coronado for a successful run towards the playoffs), and he is currently proud to have one of his Coronado players, Brendon Johnson, play for LCU.

The Chaps 2014 baseball season began with a 2-1 split last Saturday in a triple-header against Adams State University.

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