Pi Kappa Alpha hits home-run with fundraiser

Derby introduces softball team

By Rosanna Aguilera
On October 27, 2016

Photo by Josh Lopez
Pi Kappa Alpha member prepares to swing at the first Home-Run Derby.

Pi Kappa Alpha, better known as PIKE on campus, held the first ever Home-Run Derby at the Mayer Field Oct. 19 in order to raise money for a local charity while showcasing ASU’s softball team with a meet-and-greet.

The winner of the derby was Adam Hicks, who had a total of seven home-runs.  As a prize, he had the choice of a $100 gift card to Academy or a new softball bat.

Participants paid $10 for 10 softballs and had the chance to hit as many home-runs as they could. The person who hit the most was declared the winner of the Home-Run Derby, and proceeds were donated to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of San Angelo.

“It as a good foundation that we feel very strongly about,” Vice President Austin Franco said.

Franco said that he and his fraternity members like to help out the San Angelo community.

PIKE member Mark Smolka said he thinks the Boys’ and Girls’ Club is a lesser-known organization.

“I feel like they get overlooked,” Smolka said.

Franco said this fundraiser also functions as a meet and greet to spotlight the softball team.

“We are trying to get closer with our fellow student organizations such as the softball team,” PIKE President Matthew Kirby said.

Kirby said the plan was to raise awareness on campus about similar events they have planned throughout the school year.

Smolka said the softball team is inviting the school out to more events, including several barbecues for students.

Smolka also said that a student section is being created in the bleachers this season for students who want to cheer on the softball team at home games.

While the participators were at bat, the softball team was in the outfield catching the balls that were inside the fence to get some practice in while having fun at the same time.

Franco said the fraternity is in discussion of making the Home Run Derby an annual event, and that he hopes to do better at bat next year if the movement passes.

“Next year, I will hit a lot of dingers,” Franco said.

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