By Justin Sokeland
BEDFORD – Bedford North Lawrence’s annual Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser baseball game is rescheduled for Thursday as the Stars host Trinity Lutheran.
The fifth annual game, which is played with wooden bats, generates proceeds for the Lawrence County Cancer Patients Services. This year, the focus is on mouth cancer awareness.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 5:15, starting with a ‘surround the mound’ event to honor cancer survivors and caregivers. Following a moment of silence, a balloon release and a ceremonial first pitch, the game will begin at 6 p.m.
BNL has raised over $20,000 to battle breast, colon and childhood cancers in previous events. The Stars, with last year’s emphasis on melanoma, raised over $5,800 for the American Cancer Society in 2018.
Nearly every family has been touched by the disease, which is vicious and relentless, in one of its forms. BNL takes it to a personal level, as each player will honor a survivor or family member who has fought cancer. Many of those names will be listed on banners or donation signs.
Wooden bats add a unique aspect. While major league and minor league teams still use wood bats, the vast majority of high school and college players now use composite bats.
Two guest speakers – Dr. Nick Weiss of Atrium Dental Center and cancer survivor Kenny Bundy – met with the Stars to discuss the signs and dangers of mouth and throat cancer.
Last year, the Stars rallied for five hits and three runs in the seventh inning to stun North Daviess 5-4.