Monarchs baseball honors fallen soldiers with memorial game

The Monarchs have started off this year’s baseball season 2-3, but this coming Saturday they will be taking the field for a different reason in a scrimmage against Atlee. They will be raising money and honoring Captain Shane Adcock, who was killed in Iraq in 2006. Adcock was an Atlee alumnus and fraternity brother and friend of Meadowbrook baseball coach Drew Walker at Longwood University. This will be the second annual “Game for Shane.”

“Shane was a friend and a great all-around guy, I met him at Longwood,” said Walker. “Glad to be able to do this in his honor.”

Last year, the game raised about $4,000 and the organization is working towards their goal of raising $25,000 to be endowed by Longwood to award the scholarship on a yearly basis. They are about $6,000 away from their goal. Walker figures they should have the money by the end of the summer, allowing the scholarship to become official. 

The game itself will be played this Saturday, March 31, at Atlee High. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tickets are $5. There will be a raffle for prizes, activities and concessions for all of those who attend. Children under 12 will be admitted free of charge.

Meadowbrook, coming into this week at 2-3, is a young team that carries just 13 players. Some are lifelong baseball players and others are just learning the game. However, there have been a number of standouts in their successes this season, most notably staff ace junior Chuck Lafoon who dominated Highland Springs spinning a one-hitter, striking out 15 batters as Meadowbrook cruised to victory. Lafoon also showed well against district foe Matoaca, but according to Walker it was defensive mistakes that led to the unraveling of the game.

Lafoon’s battery mate has also gotten off to a great start. Sophomore catcher Mike Domowicz is hitting .529 thus far this year, leading the team in extra base hits. The Monarchs have also gotten solid all-around play from senior Cameron Taylor, whose versatility has come in handy, as he has played three different positions already and leads the team in stolen bases.

Atlee is a perennial contender in the Capital District in baseball, and has started off their season 2-0, with a 19-1 rout over Maggie Walker and an 8-0 thumping of Clover Hill.

“Atlee is a great team from top to bottom,” said Walker. “Very deep, good pitching, they are a tough assignment.”

Adcock was an alumnus of Atlee, and the game promises to be a good one from a baseball standpoint, as well as for the scholarship. Walker and Adcock were brothers in Longwood’s chapter of Phi Kappa Tau. Shortly after 9/11, Adcock joined the ROTC at Longwood, was commissioned after graduating and was deployed shortly thereafter. The two were roommates and played rugby together.

Saturday will be a great day of baseball and rememberance of a fallen soldier that gave his life for America’s freedom. For more information on the scholarship, please visit www.longwood.edu/advancement/adcock-scholarship.htm.

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