Former players at Saturday's alumni game.
The Liberty Baseball program welcomed its alumni back to campus this past weekend. Held over two days, the event was highlighted by the dedication of a bust of Al Worthington, the program's founder and first head coach, and an alumni game. The weekend also included a golf outing, a dinner and a tailgate before the Homecoming football game.
The weekend began Friday with a golf outing at Ivy Hill Country Club in nearby Forest, Va., with 30 alumni taking part in the golf scramble. After the golf outing, tours of the new Liberty Baseball Stadium were conducted. In addition, over 25 former Flames took batting practice on the new AstroTurf field at the stadium. In the evening, the Liberty athletics department and baseball program dedicated a bust of Worthington. The bust, which sits in the courtyard at the main entrance of the new Liberty Baseball Stadium, honors the contributions of Worthington, a Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame member, to the baseball program. Several of Worthington's former players unveiled the bust at the end of the dedication. Over 100 former and current players, coaches, administrators and their families were in attendance at the dedication, which was followed by a dinner celebrating Liberty baseball's past and present. At the dedication, Pastor Dave Bream, a member of the Flames from 1982-85, offered a prayer for the new stadium, followed by remarks by current Liberty athletics director Jeff Barber, current head baseball coach Jim Toman, Worthington and several others.
Saturday morning with 50 alumni in attendance, the weekend continued with an alumni game. Over 30 former Flames took to the Liberty Baseball Stadium turf for the contest, with former head coach Johnny Hunton and Worthington, heading up the sides. The weekend then concluded with a tailgate before Liberty's Homecoming football game. At the contest, Worthington served as an honorary captain for the Flames football team during the pregame coin toss, while former Liberty baseball players, David (1995-98) and Jason Benham (1995-98) and their families, raised the 71 flag before the contest. Later, all baseball alumni in attendance were recognized during the first quarter. "It was great time to renew friendships, fellowship and celebrate what the Lord has done for our program," said Toman. "I would like to thank all those who participated and to my staff for their efforts in organizing the weekend. In addition, I would like to give a special thank you to Coach Worthington for his attendance."
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