CHS alumni game, home run derby benefit Crestview family

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2005 Crestview High School graduate Jonathan Stephens attempts to hit another home run during the school’s home run derby at the Crestview High School baseball complex on Monday. Stephens was one of nearly 20 CHS alumni players to play against the varsity team in a 12-5 victory.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 04:44 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Crestview High School's current and former varsity baseball players now know what it's like to share the field.

A number of players gathered at the CHS baseball complex this week for their annual home run derby and alumni baseball game, which benefited a Crestview family.

Monday's game raised $210 for the Barefield family. Drew Barefield, 12, was seriously injured in a boating incident on Sunday and is receiving treatment in Pensacola.

Supporting the family, and having a reunion of sorts, made it a win-win night.

 “It’s a lot of fun to see guys we haven’t seen in a while,” said Tim Gillis, the school’s baseball coach. “It’s neat for all of those (varsity) guys to see the alumni and meet them. It’s a fun time.” 

“This is a great thing to take part in,” said Jonathan Stephens, a 2005 CHS graduate who played pitcher and first base for the Bulldogs.

“(Tim) Gillis and (Dexter) Day were my coaches growing up,” he said. “It’s great mixing it up with these guys.”



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