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‘Moyer Warriors’ honor Rushing — First spring memorial game held

The Brookhaven High School baseball team, also known as the “The Moyer Warriors,” hosted their first Chuck Rushing Memorial Alumni Baseball Game on April 7.

Chuck Rushing was a BHS baseball alumnus and a longtime Moyer Field fixture, having graduated from BHS in 1973, and played varsity baseball for four years.

He was able to relive those times in recent years by watching his grandson, Reese Reynaud, play for the Panthers. Reese graduated in 2016, but Rushing continued to support the Panther baseball program up until his death on June 1, 2017.

A well-known gospel singer as part of the Gloryland Quartet, which also featured his daughter Stephanie Reynaud, grandson Reese, and granddaughter Maggie Rose Reynaud, Rushing battled lymphoma for several years.

Those that knew him say that he lived his life for the Lord and for his family, but they also knew that his passion was baseball. The BHS baseball team and boosters were excited to honor his memory through this inaugural event.

Despite unseasonably cold temperatures, the game was played — all seven innings. There were slides, strikeouts and even a home run.  All the alumni seemed to enjoy themselves being back on “their” field, playing the game they love.

But mostly, it honored Rushing, while having fun at one of his favorite pastimes — Panther baseball. The “Moyer Warriors” and their boosters appreciate everyone’s support for this event.

“We have plans to make next year’s event even bigger and better,” Brookhaven booster club president Carolyn Stephens said. “Kudos to David Culpepper and Coach Chad Leggett for providing play-by-play for the game, despite the freezing cold temperatures.”

Alumni in attendance included Reese Reynaud, Peyton Clark, John Sullivan, Andy Hammond, Andrew Culver, Chris Kennedy, Drew Jones, Reed Jones, Landon Partridge, Dustin Walker, Brooks Hall, Bud Britt, Sha Walker, Garrett Smith, Myles Tipton, David Smith, Cody Emerson, Zach Smith, Dewayne Smith, Penn Wilson, Jarvis Wilbert, Tate Walley, Mitch Pappas, Taylor Newman, Greg Bowman, Fred Perkins, John Douglas, Cody Dunaway, Matt Walker and Scotty Smith.