Pink Night well attended
The third annual "Pink Strike Out Cancer" night was held at the Monette ball park Thursday. Proceeds from the gate and the umpires donations go to the Buffalo Island Relay for Life.
The event stated three years ago when umpire Mike Matheny donated his night's earnings to the Relay for Life in memory of his father.
The event has grown with other umpires joining him as well as the youth association joining in for a Pink Night at the Park.
Opening ceremonies were held on each field with Lela Adams Ashley throwing out the first pitch before her daughter's 8 and under softball team, the Monette Dugout Divas, hosted the Manila Legends in league play. Lela, a teacher at BIC and mother of two, is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.
On a second field Scott Lyerly, who is in remission after treatments at St. Jude Children's Hospital, threw out the first pitch for the third consecutive year to kick off the action for the coach pitch Monette Storms.
Other teams playing for the night included Bay softball team, Monette tee ball teams, Manila and Monette baseball teams.
"We appreciate everyone who participated in the event," Brenda Matheny, BI Relay chair, said. "We are all in the fight against cancer."
Matt Rolland, coach and umpire, and several members of the 11-12 year old baseball team volunteered to help with the night. They wore pink "Strike Out Cancer" shirts.
Rolland said he is happy to be a part of the community effort to raise funds for the fight against cancer.
Joining Rolland in pink were umpires Mike Matheny, Tommy Stockton, Steven Benefield and Derek Rolland.
The 14th annual Buffalo Island Relay for Life will be held Friday, June 12, at the Leachville City Park, starting at 6 p.m. There will be food concessions, music, games, luminary lighting ceremony and recognition of cancer survivors who will take the first victory lap around the track.