This year, the traditional Winters High School Alumni Baseball Game is being revived via a Senior Capstone Project.
Winters High School senior Matt Moore said he was inspired to bring the tradition back to the field following a discussion in his Explore class. Moore said the original idea was to host a home run derby. However, the reality of finding success for participants was a challenge.
“We realized if we did it on the little league field everyone would hit a home run, but on the varsity field no one would,” Moore said. “We thought the alumni game would be a good idea to bring back, and a fun event that everyone could participate in.”
The WHS Alumni Baseball Game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the WHS varsity baseball field. Teams will be odd graduate year vs even graduate year.
The $75 player registration fee includes a T-shirt jersey (either black or red) that players will wear at the game. WHS Alumni baseball players can register online via a Google Form at tinyurl.com/5n6wtyvj.
Once the registration form has been submitted online, the fee can be paid through Venmo or contact Moore to arrange payment. All proceeds from the game will be donated to The Cancer Research Institute for bladder cancer research in honor of John Rodriguez.
Moore said to be eligible to play in the alumni game, one must have played at least one year minimum on the WHS baseball team.
According to Moore, he is halfway to the desired number of players. He said the deadline to register has been extended until further notice or until the maximum number of players has registered to play.
Moore’s capstone mentor Andy Pignataro encourages WHS alumni baseball players to sign up.
“Former WHS baseball players should be excited to participate in an event that has been so much fun in years past. This will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and teammates as well as support such a great cause,” Pignataro said. “In addition to reigniting such a fun part of the Winters Youth Day schedule of events, Matt is also rallying the community in recognizing bladder cancer awareness.”
Player registration check-in will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the varsity baseball field on April 30.
The community is welcome to come watch the game, free of charge. A cash-only snack bar will be available during the game.
“I believe the timing of Matt’s event is perfect,” Pignataro said. “As our community continues to emerge from the pandemic, this event will allow folks to get outside and enjoy some fantastic baseball with family and friends.”
Moore said he homes the alumni baseball game becomes a yearly Capstone project and is looking forward to the game.
“I’m pretty excited to see some of the guys come out and play. It sounds like it used to be a really fun event, and I’m excited to bring it back to the community,” Moore said. “If you like Winters baseball you should come out and watch, and compete. It will be fun.”
Pignataro said he’s proud of Moore’s efforts and has enjoyed watching him work through the coordination of the event.
“Matt has dedicated a lot of time organizing his event. Between the coordination of participants and the logistics of the event and facilities he’s been extremely busy,” Pignataro said.