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Baseball fundraiser features Delabar and CU coach

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By Linda Ireland

 It’s never too early in the season to think about baseball.

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Although the Hawks will not take the field for a couple of more months, their supporters are thinking of ways to defray the team’s expenses.

On Jan. 19, the LaRue County High School Baseball Boosters will host a spaghetti supper and dessert auction fundraiser. They’ll offer also the chance to meet a pair of baseball dignitaries.

The meal begins at 6 p.m. at the LCHS cafeteria but doors open at 5:15 p.m. to give fans the chance to meet Steve Delabar, a pitcher of the Toronto Blue Jays. 

The Boosters will offer bats and photos for sale; fans can ask Delabar to sign them, said Katrina Thomas, Booster president.

Delabar, a graduate of Central Hardin High School, was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 43rd round of the 2002 MLB Draft, but decided to attend Volunteer State Community College. He was drafted in the 2003 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres.

His minor league career was halted in 2009 when he broke his elbow. He returned to Hardin County where he was a substitute teacher and baseball coach at John Hardin High School.

After he mended, Delabar signed a minor league deal with the Mariners in 2011. He was called up from the minor leagues that year and recorded his first Major League win on Sept. 15, 2011, against the New York Yankees.

He was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on July 30, 2012.

On Aug. 13, 2012, he struck out four men in the 10th inning against the Chicago White Sox. He is the first pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the feat in an extra inning. 

Dinner

While diners enjoy a large serving of spaghetti, salad, breadsticks and drink, they’ll have the chance to listen to guest speaker, Campbellsville University Baseball Coach Beauford Sanders.

Sanders is in his 22nd season as head coach of the Tigers, surpassing the 900-win mark last season. From 2000 to 2002, he served as the president of NAIA and has been inducted into two hall of fames: Woodruff High School Hall of Fame and North Greenville Junior College Hall of Fame.

In 2009, he took Campbellsville to its first NAIA World Series appearance. He is one of the longest tenured athletic coaches in Campbellsville University history. 

Auction

Bids on a variety of homemade desserts, prepared by the Baseball Boosters, will be taken through silent auction during the meal. After the dinner, auctioneer Jody Thurman will take bids in a live auction.

“We hope this is a big hit, especially with having (Delabar) there,” said Thomas. “And Mr. Sanders is a great speaker.”

Proceeds from the auction and dinner will benefit the team, Thomas said. The Boosters’ bank account took a hit last year when the baseball field was repaired and reseeded. They’d like to replenish their funds.

Advance tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for ages 17 and under; or a family of four for $25.

Tickets at the door are $15 for adults; $10 ages 17 and under.

For tickets or more information, contact Thomas at katrina.thomas38@yahoo.com or 270-735-7646 or Hawks Coach Eric Allen at eric.allen@laruekyschools.us.