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Several former Gamecocks to take part in Celebrities vs. Soldiers Softball Game

Former South Carolina star and current Heathwood Hall football coach Marcus Lattimore will be one of the many local stars playing in celebrity all-star game at Spirit Communications Park on June 19, a day before the South Atlantic All-Star game.
Former South Carolina star and current Heathwood Hall football coach Marcus Lattimore will be one of the many local stars playing in celebrity all-star game at Spirit Communications Park on June 19, a day before the South Atlantic All-Star game. tdominick@thestate.com

South Carolina greats Marcus Lattimore and Alex English will test their athletic skills in a different sport later this month.

Lattimore the former USC standout running back and English, a USC hoops legend and one of the NBA’s top scorers, will take part in the Celebrities vs. Soldiers Softball Game on June 19 at Spirit Communications Park.

The game is part of the South Atlantic League All-Star weekend and will be held before SAL home run derby. The game will begin at 6:15 p.m. with home run derby to start after it.

The team of celebrities will be coached by former USC Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers and they will take on group of soldiers from Fort Jackson.

Other celebrities include Columbia mayor Steven Benjamin, former Gamecock, NFL Player and current WACH Fox sportscaster Cory Miller, former Gamecock and New England Patriot and current radio talk show host Rick Sanford, former Gamecocks and current Panthers receiver Damiere Byrd, former Spring Valley and NFL star Michael Boulware and his wife Jessica, a softball All-American at Florida State, former USC baseball player Drew Meyer, former Atlanta Brave Ryan Klesko, Darlington native and former MLB All-Star Orlando Hudson, former Benedict coach Selwyn Young and former Clemson receiver Jacoby Ford. WLTX’s Joe Cook and ABC Columbia’s John Farley also will play in the game.

“What an honor it will be to welcome so many stars to Spirit Communications Park – many of whom have Columbia or University of South Carolina ties,” Fireflies President John Katz said. “Our goal was to create a multi-day celebration of baseball to the Midlands. Adding this event to the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game, this is an event that fans in Columbia and around the South Atlantic League won’t want to miss.”

After the softball game, the SAL Home Run Derby will take place and will include SAL All-Stars and six high school players, who won qualifiers. Midlands players in the HR Derby are Dutch Fork’s Ward Hacklen, Sumter’s Jordan Holladay and Pelion’s Dalton Smith. There also will be one player from the Low Country, one from the Upstate and one from the Grand Strand.

Tickets for the 58th annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game, the Home Run Derby and Celebrities vs. Soldiers Softball Game are on sale now. Visit FirefliesTickets.com, the Spirit Communications Park ticket office or call (803) 726-4487 for more information.

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