Hurricanes Charity Softball Game Recap

On Saturday, May 3, members of the Miami Hurricanes football team participated in the annual Charity Softball Game at Pioneer Park in Deerfield Beach. Funds raised from the game will go to benefit youth programs in Deerfield Beach. There was a sports memorabilia silent auction along with raffles throughout the night. The Canes defeated the Deerfield Beach Community Business All-Stars 19-9 in seven innings.

Walk-on defensive back Michael Langley from Norfolk, Virginia played second base and was named the game's Most Valuable Player going 4-4 with a homerun, two doubles and three RBI's.

Matt Carter, a walk-on kicker from Columbus, Ohio, went 3-4 with a home run and led the team with six runs batted in. Carter had a solid defensive game at shortstop making every ground ball look routine.

Kellen Winslow showed off his speed in the fifth inning with a high pop up that dropped in front of the centerfielder and then proceeded to circle the bases beating out errant throws similar to a typical little league homerun. He also showed off his athleticism at third base fielding a slow roller and making a strong throw to get the runner out at first.

Offensive lineman Chris Myers played first base and hit a home run as well.

Joel Rodriguez did the catching and went 2-3 including an infield hit in which the 286-pound center showed off his speed.

Starting strong safety Maurice Sikes and defensive end David Williams played the two centerfield positions and had a few balls drilled over their heads. The two didn't fair too well at the plate either going a combined 0-6 including Sikes' embarrassing strikeout.

Linebacker Carl Walker played right field and went 3-4. The starting strongside linebacker Rocky McIntosh played left field and went 0-3.

Mascot Sebastian the Ibis even made an appearance. Sebastian had a pinch-hit RBI double and later scored.

Everyone had a good time at the event. Many of the fans were pleased with the turnout of the Miami Hurricanes. The kids in the stands enjoyed seeing their favorite players take a try at a different sport. Radio station WQAM's "The Beast" enjoyed doing the play-by-play. It is good to see players take time out of their schedule to participate in a charity event. It was even better to see them having fun.

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