Nov. 16, 2014
THE FLATS- The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team defeated a team of Georgia Tech Celebrities in a charity softball game to benefit the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team by a score of 22-8.
It was a fantastic day at Mewborn Field where fans were treated to incredible feats by the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team and appearances from Tech greats in softball, football, and basketball. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team consisted of veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Fans were delighted to see Joe Hamilton, Kelley and Randy Rhino, Roddy Jones, Lucius Sanford, and Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson on the field for the Celebrity team.
Head Softball coach Shelly Hoerner felt the day was a success on so many levels, “Today was just absolutely amazing. It was very humbling and very emotional actually. What the Wounded Warriors have sacrificed and what they can do in the athletics world is unbelievable and you saw that by the score. It was a great day and lots of fun. I thank the GT Celebrities for coming out and the softball alums. Of course we thank the Wounded Warriors for an amazing few days with them and it puts life in perspective. We are honored to have them here at Georgia Tech.”
Cody Rice of the Wounded Warriors led off the fifth inning with a solo shot to leftfield. Gary LaFon followed with a two-run dinger and Rice went yard again with a three-run blast again to leftfield to give the Wounded Warriors a 13-7 lead after five innings. The nine runs in the inning would prove to be enough with a great display of defense by the Wounded Warriors the remainder of the game.
Both teams found the scoreboard early with a 3-3-tie heading into the third inning. Men’s basketball head coach Brian Gregory and Joe Hamilton each had a web gem catch in the top of the third and Hamilton followed up his play in the field with a two-out, two-run double to cap off a four-run bottom of the third for the Celebrities.