Not to take anything away from football, basketball, track, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, archery, fishing, tennis or cheerleading, but this is a baseball community.
We are good or have been good and will be good again in the aforementioned sports, but baseball is the sport that dominates our minds and thoughts in Harrison County.
This was obvious on Saturday night when the first annual Hall of Fame banquet was held by the Cynthiana/Harrison County Baseball Alumni Association.
Saturday night was a celebration of baseball from at least when it became successful to today on the Hilltop on the yet unnamed diamond.
This is where I put the comment that it should be Ron Herrington Field at the Mac Whitaker Stadium with Don Snopek’s name on the press box or something like that.
Anyway, it was a grand celebration that lasted maybe a little long, but for a first time event was ran very well by the alumni association board and the people who helped them.
I am sure Barb Snopek, Cindy Jones and Michelle Fuller had a lot to do with the event and some others along with the alumni association board of Larry Gossett, Ron England, Jim Fuller, Jim Swinford, Buddy Renaker and membership chairman Terry Jones.
The first point of the celebration would be the fact of how many of the first-time hall of fame inductees played for the Lions Club Little League team and Coach Jimmy Ross Whitaker.
Dion Newby’s comment that playing Little League for Jimmy Whitaker prepared him for later playing for Mac Whitaker, both in discipline and fundamentals, was one that really hit home. Although Shon Walker did not play for the Lions, one of the high points he spoke of was beating them.
Secondly, it was apparent that although playing for Mac is not the easiest thing to do and maybe not for everyone, the players who were there on Saturday night were appreciative and understood what he had done for them and their baseball career and life in general.
Mac, of course, was quick to point out that he had a lot of help along the way especially from Jimmy, Don, Ron, Eddie Feeback and his family.
I will say this, that it takes a good coach to surround himself with strong assistants and people who know the game.
The final apparent point was the love and appreciation that everyone associated with the baseball program had for the too-soon-departed Ron Herrington.
Each speaker, some more than others, included a few minutes about the man that was the good cop to Mac’s bad cop and the glue of the program.
The inductees were all very deserving and considering the fact that a player must be out of school for 15 years included everyone that I can think of in the first class except for Brian Williams.
He was the one omission, but I have heard talk of his understanding of the system and feel sure that he will be in the next class. It was a grand night for baseball and the fans of Harrison County High School.