MC hoops team, K-9 unit prep for benefit game

By on July 15, 2015

 

Instead of layups, the Manheim Central boys basketball team will be looking to connect for base hits next week.

With the start of hoops season still four months away, the two-time reigning Section Three champs are looking forward to testing their softball skills against the Manheim Borough Police Department’s K-9 unit in a benefit game on Wednesday, July 22 at the Veterans Memorial Park’s pool field.

The first pitch will be thrown at 7 p.m., with a rain date of the following Wednesday, July 29.

“It’s an honor. (Mayor) Scot Funk’s been a huge supporter of our program,” Barons skipper Chris Sherwood said. “He’s such a nice guy. It’s a heck of an honor to do it and we’re really excited to participate. As soon as Scot brought it up, I was very eager to say yes. It’s a great honor. It’s really neat, it gets our guys out doing something different and I’m excited about it.”

A year ago, the Manheim police jumped out to a 5-1 lead against the Barons’ football team and held on to earn a 5-4 victory in the inaugural contest. The game raised about $2,000 for Manheim’s K-9 unit. Afterward, Funk donned a bite suit for K-9 demonstration.

This year’s contest promises just as much fun.

“We haven’t practiced at all. I think we’re going to hope that Tyler Lyons and Jake Novak carry us home, unless I bring a couple of ringers,” Sherwood laughed. “I have it in my back pocket that if we don’t have enough guys, (Class of 2015 players) Blake Reiff and Dan Wiederrecht are going to get a call.”

Sherwood is still undecided as to whether he will play or not.

“I haven’t made that decision yet,” he said. “If I am, I think first base is probably the best spot for me. Back in the day, I probably could have hit in a good spot in the order, but I think we’ll leave that to guys like Tony Kegarise and Roman Wagner … We’re looking forward to it.”

The Manheim Central boys have been off from team activities for the last week and a half. Starting next week, the Barons will return to do some training with other teams like Ephrata, Palmyra and Muhlenberg.

Playing the Manheim K-9 unit will be a good opportunity for team bonding.

“Absolutely, it will be,” Sherwood said. “It will get the guys out and the coach that harps on them for help-side defense and all those other things will be in a different light &tstr; I think it will be good.”

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