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HCC's players excited to play on stadium field

April 04, 2005|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

Like many of the players on Hagerstown Community College's baseball team, Matt Tedrick has fond memories of trips to Municipal Stadium.

"I remember going to the stadium with my grandfather," said Tedrick, a North Hagerstown High School graduate, "and getting to play on the same field with the team I grew up watching is amazing."

For the first time, the Hawks and the Hagerstown Suns will play each other in an exhibition game Tuesday evening at 6:30. It's a game all of the Hawks - many who played their high school ball within the Tri-State area - have anxiously been waiting for.

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"It's a once-in-a-lifetime deal," Tedrick said. "How many guys can say they played against professional athletes?"

"Our guys are realing looking forward to it," HCC coach Scott Jennings said. "It will be a neat experience. It's a win-win situation for both of us."

While the Hawks won't get to hit against Suns pitching - New York Mets management didn't want to risk one of their prospects getting hit by a comebacker off an aluminum bat, so each team will be facing its own pitchers - HCC's players are looking forward to the opportunity to use the Suns as a measuring stick.

"I'm excited to see how we do against them, to see how we compare against minor-league talent," said Nathan Himes, a Boonsboro High graduate. "Just watching them will help us. When you observe good baseball, you learn from it."

"I'm excited," said Drew Counselman, one of the Hawks' leading hitters. "It's a professional team, and it's really going to show you where you're at."

Tickets cost $5 and are available in advance through the HCC athletic office at 301-790-2800 ext. 289, or at the HCC Bookstore. Proceeds from advance ticket sales benefit the HCC baseball program. Tickets will also be available at Municipal Stadium before the game.

"It seems like it's going to be a pretty good crowd," Counselman said. "We each got five tickets, and mine are gone and most of my buddies' are gone, too."

"It's a great opportunity for the community to come out and see the college team play the minor-league team," Tedrick said.

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