On Saturday, the Central Christian College baseball team will take the field for the first time this fall in a scrimmage against the Hesston College Larks. Start time is 11 a.m. and will be played at Light Capital Diamond.
All the proceeds from Saturday's scrimmage will go to help defray some of the medical expenses of Graham Greenbeck and his family. As a freshman last season, Graham was the starting shortstop for the Tigers. He hit .311 and had a slugging percentage of .399. He was 23rd in the nation in the NAIA in assists per game and 38th in total assists. For his efforts he was named the A.I.I. conference's second-team shortstop.
Two days after he returned home from completing his first year of college at CCC, Graham was diagnosed with leukemia. For the past four months he has endured chemo therapy and has gone through a bone marrow transplant. At this point the treatment seems to be working and the prognosis is positive.
The Tigers have a good core of players returning from last year's team that went 18-35, doubling their win total from coach Derk Kremer's first year at the helm. They also have a lot of new faces, players with talent, that the coaching staff is eager to see how they fit in on the field.
"We look forward to playing this Saturday,” he said. “We get the opportunity to see where some of our guys are at this point in the fall."