At 10 a.m. on Saturday, the Weatherford High School baseball program will kick off its season with the annual Long Ball Contest, a fundraiser for the WHS Baseball Booster Club.
At the event, to be held at Raymond E. Curtis Field located behind the Ninth Grade Center, players on the rosters of the varsity, JV and freshmen baseball teams will be challenged to hit a baseball as far as they can, with each hit being measured with a laser rangefinder. Winners will be named from each team and for the overall longest ball hit.
Players will also solicit donations to the booster club based on an amount per foot of the player’s longest hit or a flat donation. The public is invited to join the Roos in kicking off their season and show their support for the WHS baseball program. Admission is free and the concession stand will be open.
A special event is also being held at 9:30 a.m., immediately before the Long Ball Contest, to retire the No. 11 jersey of former WHS baseball player Colt Hynes. Hynes, a 2003 graduate, posted a 0.97 ERA his senior year for the Roos as a left-handed pitcher and went on to play for Texas Tech University.
After being drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2007, Hynes made his major league baseball debut for the club in 2013, appearing in 22 games out of the bullpen. Since that time, he has been in the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations before recently being acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays. Hynes will report to spring training with the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., next month.
Hynes’ jersey will be the second retired by Weatherford High School. In 2012, the program retired the jersey of Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton, a 2006 graduate.
Additionally, on Feb. 19, the Season Opening Banquet will be held in the WHS Cafeteria beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Fans will have an opportunity to meet the teams and players for the upcoming 2015 baseball season. There will also be a live action with many items such as hunts, Texas Rangers tickets, household items, baseball memorabilia, etc.