Waynesville baseball to offer scholarship, honor former player before tonight's game

The Waynesville High School baseball team will honor their former teammate Patrick Clegg before tonight’s game against Springfield Glendale.

Clegg died April 23, 2009 after being hit by a pitch in a game against Lebanon two days earlier.

For the most part, the team hasn’t said much about Clegg this season.

“No, we haven’t really mentioned it,” Waynesville head coach Scott Turner said after last week’s game against Lebanon— a day before the one-year anniversary of that game. “We’re just trying to focus on playing baseball.”

Lebanon head coach Paul Dudley said he briefly mentioned the incident  to his team before their 8-7 win last Tuesday.

“We mentioned it pretty briefly before the game,” Dudley said. “But it was pretty low-key. I thought we handled it pretty well.”

Although this year the Tigers have worn a small black patch on the left side of their jerseys with the initials “P.C. 27”, there was no fanfare in last week’s game.

That will change tonight, as the Tigers will honor Clegg before tonight’s game. It will also be senior night.

It’s no coincidence that they’re holding the ceremony on the 27th— Clegg’s number.

In addition to tonight’s ceremonies, the rest of the Ozark Conference are also going to honor Clegg.

Conference coaches have set up a scholarship fund in Clegg’s honor, to be awarded to one (or more, depending on money raised) senior baseball player in the conference.

Dudley, one of the coaches who help set up the fund, says every conference school will help raise funds for the scholarship.

“Basically, all the Ozark Conference schools are picking a day to help raise money for this scholarship,” Dudley said. “Hopefully people will give and we can give out a couple of scholarships.”

The money will be pooled together and the winner (or winners), who will be selected by Waynesville athletics director Josh Scott and Lebanon athletics director Tim Pezzetti, will be announced at a later date.

NOTES: After tonight’s game, the Tigers (1-13, 0-5 Ozark Conference) have a long two-week stretch of road games— four— before returning home Tuesday, May 11 for a final home game against Jefferson City Helias. After that they travel to Owensville to their final regular season game before district play begins May 17 at Camdenton. ...

As for Glendale, the Falcons were 9-5 overall and 4-1 in conference play. They downed Hillcrest 9-5 in their meeting on Friday. ...

This past Saturday’s games in the Central Bank Wood Bat Tournament were rained out. The Tigers were scheduled to play Timberland plus another team in a trophy game but thunderstorms quickly made Saturday play impossible. The rest of the tournament slate is unlikely to be made up. ...