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Blazer Blast

The Valdosta State baseball and softball teams got together for the annual Blazer Blast at Billy Grant Field and Steel’s Diamond at Blazer Park on Sunday.

Both teams welcomed 150 children, from ages 12 and under for the free clinic.

VSU players were dressed in full uniform along with the coaches to give the youngsters a taste of what it’s like to play with the Blazers.

Participants partook in tracking down fly balls, hitting off of tees, and even threw in the bullpen.

According to Ric Sissler, director of marketing and promotions for VSU athletics, invitations went out to over 14,000 elementary school students in Lowndes County.

“You never know what the turn out will be in January,” Sissler said. “We compete with church, the weather and family time. We have had up to 300 kids before and sometimes we are lucky to get 100. Luckily, we have great weather and got a lot of kids to come out today.”

Baseball and softball are both set to open their seasons on Saturday. Baseball plays at home at 3 p.m. while softball will be in Pensacola for a 10 a.m. game.

This article was written by Alex Tostado.

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