The first annual Cobras Alumni Game on Sat., Oct. 19 was a day of friendly competition and reminiscing about college baseball for more than 30 Virginia Intermont College baseball alumni. It was also a chance for alumni to interact with current players, and likewise, the Cobras team enjoyed meeting and talking with those who previously had been part of the baseball program. For everyone involved, it was a great day.
The event started with alumni taking batting practice on the field at Devault Memorial Stadium for an hour and a half session, followed by a half hour of fungos. During this time, alumni and current team members also had a chance to visit and share game stories.
For the big game, alumni were separated into two even teams, although both the “home” and “away” teams shared the first base dugout. It was a well-played game on both sides with only one error coming on the day. In the end, it was the away team coming away with a 2-1 victory on a RBI single from Jeff Stack in the top of the 9th inning.
Following the game, attendees continued socializing and took photos while the current VI Cobras prepared for their inter-squad scrimmage. During that time the alumni enjoyed food and drinks under the pavilion while watching the team play.
That evening the Virginia Intermont College Baseball team hosted a meet-up for alumni and families at Stateline Bar and Grill. At the meet-up, VI Head Coach Jeremy Christian said, “It has been a great day for our Cobra baseball program. We had a wonderful turnout of alumni, and everyone seemed to have a good time. Hopefully we can make this an annual event and continue to grow it each year. It’s extremely important for our current players to meet and get to know the guys who came before them – the guys who laid the foundation for a successful program at Virginia Intermont College. Once a Cobra, always a Cobra!”