Trey Dyson, former South Carolina Great will be the head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks Alumni team taking on the Lexington County Blowfish of three CoastalPlain League on Friday, July 3 at Lexington County Baseball Stadium.
The game gives all the former player as to get together and play baseball, being former teammates and friends. This will be Dyson’s ninth year coaching the team.
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Trey Dyson had this to share,
“Just like every year, we’re very, very excited,” the former first baseman said. “It’s a fun time for us to be able to put on that Carolina uniform again and compete against young kids who are in great shape and play baseball every day of their lives while guys like me are sitting in a desk everyday.”
“Part of the reason that Carolina baseball has been so successful over the years is because of the types of guys they recruit,” Dyson said. “That’s guys that know how to compete and know how to win and who give it their all every single time they step out on the field.”
More important than who wins or loses the game is the fact that it will be for a good cause. Each year, the alumni game benefits an organization or a family in need. This year’s game will benefit the family of Walker Phillips, a child who is suffering from Voltage-gated Potassium Channel-complex Antibody-associated Limbic Encephalitis’ (VGKC-LE), a disease that affects the brain and causes frequent seizures. Walker’s father, Andy Phillips, played baseball at The Citadel and was on Dyson’s Coastal Plain League team (Wilmington Sharks) in 2000.
“It feels great to be able to help out,” Dyson said. “We don’t raise a ton of money, but it does feel great to be able to give back and have the community come together to support a cause that is much bigger than baseball.”
July 3, the day of the alumni game, will mark a year to the day that Walker started having seizures. He and his family are back home and Walker is showing signs of improvement. To help the Phillips family with the immense medical costs accumulated from a year of hospital visits.
Alumni roster is as follows:
Aaron Rawl, starting pitcher Matt Price, John Taylor are on pitching rotation. Garris Gonce, Adam Westmoreland, Adam Matthews and Robert Beary. Landon Powell, Coach of the team.
Count Price had this to say on tonight’s game versus the Blowfish,
“It’s going to be a good time,” said Price, who has been out of professional baseball since March. “Some of us aren’t playing anymore so it’s just good to get back on the field and see some old teammates and actually enjoy the game and have fun.”
First Pitch for Tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:05 pm, Gates open at 6
General admission start at $6 kids, seniors, military(ID) $5
*fireworks show to follow the game
“The fireworks are some of the best that you’re going to find in Columbia,” Dyson said.
Come out and the support South Carolina Gamecocks and the Phillips family, enjoy some baseball for a great cause.
If you would like to donate to the Phillips family please go to gofundme.com/Walker Strong