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Aggie Baseball Helps Host Special Game Day

By Matt Sparks, Panhandle State Collegian on 10/12/2017 Panhandle State Baseball players gather around Austin Ronne after he threw out the first pitch at the Special Game Day on October 8 in Goodwell. —Photo by Alexis FarisPanhandle State Baseball players gather around Austin Ronne after he threw out the first pitch at the Special Game Day on October 8 in Goodwell. —Photo by Alexis Faris

Goodwell, Okla. — Special. Few words could better describe the atmosphere at the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Baseball Complex Sunday, October 8 as crowds of people gathered to witness and to be a part of the Aggies Special Game Day. Partnering with Main Street Guymon and local businesses, Panhandle State put together a wonderful opportunity for over 60 special needs participants to come to campus and learn about baseball from the Aggie team in front of a capacity crowd at the Baseball Complex.

Fifteen year-old Austin Ronne got to throw out the first pitch of the game on his birthday to kick off the event. Members of the Special Team lined up at home plate to showcase their batting skills as the Aggie Baseball team tried their best to keep up. Participants of all ages took part in the event wearing the specialized t-shirts provided by Panhandle Counseling and Health Center in Guymon, Okla.

In addition to more than 60 participants, the stands at the field were packed with spectators for the event. Though the sun was shining and hot, the crowd never wavered in their support of the Special Team as the participants continuously sent home runs flying toward the outfield.

It was difficult not to smile as the crowd cheered in support of the team. One group in particular, was the Panhandle State Men’s Basketball team, who made sure to voice their support by listening closely to the crowd to find out the name of each batter on the Special Team so they could cheer each of them on by name as they stood at the plate.

It was truly a blessing to bear witness to such an uplifting event in these difficult times and to see the support given to the players as they learned how to play baseball with some of the finest players that the Oklahoma Panhandle has to offer. The residents of the Panhandle can be happy in the knowledge that Panhandle State and area businesses are willing to go to great lengths to insure that everyone is included, everyone has fun, and that everyone is picked for the team.