Former Tiger Ike Blessitt to appear at Oregon Eagles’ tryouts
Ike Blessitt, a former Detroit Tiger outfielder and ex-Toledo Mud Hen, will be attending the Oregon Junior Eagles 9U baseball try outs Sat. Aug. 3, and Sun. Aug. 4, at the Oregon Recreation fields. Blessitt will be bringing along a couple of tickets to an upcoming Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park for one lucky youngster.
Blessitt played on the American League Eastern Division championship team before the Tigers lost in the title game to the Oakland A’s. He went on to play in the Oakland Athletics and Milwaukee Brewers organizations before finally signing a pro contract in the Mexican Leagues. He played 20 seasons there.
|Former Detroit Tiger Ike Blessitt.|
He is a regular instructor at the Tigers’ Fantasy Camps and works as a private hitting instructor for teams based between Detroit and Toledo.
“I really enjoy working with the kids,” he said. When asked about coming south to the Toledo area Blessitt said, “I’m a Mud Hen too. We played at the old Lucas County Rec Center and the Toledo area is like an old home for me. You have some very good baseball teams in and around Toledo.”
Last year Ike Blessitt and former Milwaukee Brewer pitcher Ron Rightnower participated in a community baseball clinic at the City of Oregon Recreation Complex. At the tryouts, Blessitt will be observing batting practice, signing autographs, and doing what he loves most, “talking baseball”.
Tryouts for the Junior Eagles travel baseball team for boys nine years and younger, are open to all area players. Complete information is available on the team’s web site at www.junioreagles9.com.
The “Friends of Riverview Nursing Home Levy Committee” announced its first annual “Lenny Appelhans Open Golf Scramble.”
The event will take place on Aug. 17 at Oak Harbor Golf Club. The morning begins with a shot gun start at 8 a.m. and includes lunch and other activities throughout the morning.
The event is being held in memory of Lenny Appelhans (also known as the “Voice of the Oak Harbor Rockets”). Lenny was the staff acountant at Ottawa County Riverview Nursing Home at the time of his passing on July 3, 2011. All proceeds benefit the “Friends of Riverview Nursing Home Levy Committee”.
The cost is $60 per person, which includes golf, dinner and two drink tickets. The winning team of this scramble will enjoy a four-person round of golf and lunch at the Catawba Island Club Golf Course.
Hole sponsorships of varying levels are still available. The committee will also be looking for door prizes for the participants on the day of the event. For more information call Kendra German at 419-967-0219.
The Owens Community College men’s golf program has announced two Texas Hold ‘Em Open Two-Person Golf Scramble fundraiser events.
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The events, which will be held Aug. 17 at Lakeland Golf Course in Fostoria and Sept. 28 at Heather Downs Country Club in Toledo, will consist of the same format. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and cost $55 per person.
Coordinated by the Owens men’s golf program, the event will have players receiving a playing card for each stroke under par for the 18-hole round. They must select only two cards to play the hand. Every team will receive two cards regardless of score and best hand wins.
For more information, call Owens men’s golf head coach Josh Williams at 419-356-4874. All proceeds from both events will go directly to the Owens golf program.
The Owens men’s golf team had one of the best seasons in program history under the direction of Williams last year. They captured 12 conference tournament championships, were undefeated in conference play, won the Sub-Region XII and Region XII tournament titles and finished 10th at the NJCAA D-II National Tournament.
The Genoa Little League will be conducting U12 tryouts Aug. 18 at noon at Hayes Field. Contact Joe Large at 419-309-0768. U14 tryouts will be Aug. 4, 11, and 18 at noon on Padge Field. Players must make at least two sessions to eligible to make the team. Contact Brett Scott at 419-466-5226 or Jeff Dominique at 419-283-3551 or visit www.leaguelineup.com/genoa.