NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College baseball coaching staff and a few members of the team took time out of practice to talk to the Crooked Creek After-School Program in nearby Chapin, last week.
The scarlet and gray baseball players; Derek Bley, Thomas Berryhill and Brandon Petty all spoke to the group of after-school students about playing college baseball and performing well in the classroom.
Following each speech about their experiences in college baseball, Bley, Berryhill and Petty teamed with hitting coach Jay Snyder and pitching coach Chris Youngberg and instructed the students on different baseball skills including hitting, pitching and fielding.
To conclude the event's festivities Head Coach Bob Rikeman gave each student a baseball card, which featured the 2008 team. Each student then went around to each player and coach and enthusiastically asked for their autographs.
Coach Rikeman said of the event, “Anytime you can get involved in your local community and get public recognition for your program it's a win-win situation for both parties involved.”
The Newberry College baseball team will open up their 2008-09 season on February 1 at 1 p.m. against Limestone College at Smith Road Complex.