Bethel Night at Diamond Jaxx Held


Dr. David Lancaster, a faculty member at Bethel University, threw out one of the ceremonial first pitches at Bethel Night.

Bethel family and friends traveled to Pringles Park in Jackson on Thursday, April 29 for the second annual Bethel Night at the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx game against the Montgomery Biscuits.
     “We were very pleased with the turnout we had for the evening,” said Glenn Hayes, Bethel’s athletic director. “According to Diamond Jaxx officials, general admission tickets sold out. The Diamond Jaxx people were pleased with this.”
     The night was infused with Bethel people and faces. Renaissance, Bethel’s performing arts group, sang at the entrance of Pringles Park before the event, and the Renaissance gospel quartet sang on the concourse of the park prior to the game as well.
     The Renaissance R & B ensemble sang the National Anthem, while the Bethel University cheerleaders performed on the field just prior to the game.
     A new event this year was the parade of teams from McKenzie and Gleason Youth League baseball and softball.
     There were four ceremonial first pitches. Emily Muse, conference champion for women’s golf represented the Bethel women’s golf team with the first pitch. The Lady Wildcats were the TranSouth Conference Champions this spring. Garry Mason, head coach for the Bethel University Bass Fishing team, threw out the second pitch, while Sam Bradshaw, a member of the Bethel Shooting Team, who had placed ninth in the nation this year, represented his sport with a first pitch as well. Dr. David Lancaster, faculty member and moderator at Bethel, represented the faculty with the final first pitch.
     A 32-inch flat-screen television was also given away to entrant Kristin Boyd of Martin.