Activities begin at 6:30 p.m. in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria in preparation for the new season, which begins Tuesday, Feb. 10, as the Warriors travel to Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Ala., in doubleheader action starting at Noon.
The home opener is scheduled at 2 p.m., Friday, February 13, when East Central will hosts a double-header against St. Louis Community College at Clark-Gay Memorial Baseball Complex in Decatur.
Neal Holliman, now in his ninth year as Diamond Warrior head coach, anticipates another great turnout for the First Pitch Dinner, which features retired Major Leaguer Scott Sullivan.
“As always this will be a great night for our program and to have Scott Sullivan as the keynote speaker just adds to the excitement,” Holliman said. “Scott is a personal friend and is one of the most quality individuals that I know.”
A native of Carrollton, Ala., Scott Sullivan debuted in the Major Leagues just two years after being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. He went on to play nine full seasons, including seven with the Reds, after appearing in three games during his debut season of 1995.
In 558 career appearances, he went 40-28 with nine saves and a 3.98 ERA in 737.1 innings. His 494 appearances on the mound in a Reds uniform still ranks second in franchise history, behind Pedro Bourbon.
From 1996 to 2003, Sullivan was one of the Cincinnati Reds’ most durable relief pitchers and was looked upon as a clubhouse leader. He set a club record by pitching at least 100 innings of relief every season from 1998 to 2001. His best season came in 1999, a year in which the Reds won 96 games but did not make the postseason after losing a one-game playoff to the New York Mets. That season, Sullivan set or tied career highs in saves (3), appearances (79), innings pitched (113.7) and ERA (3.01).
Sullivan was drafted out of Auburn University in 1993 after compiling a three-year ERA of 3.84 with 138 strikeouts in 124.1 innings, mostly out of the bullpen. During his junior season he led the Auburn pitching staff with a 2.55 ERA before being drafted.
He is married to the former Leann Lewis, and they have three children – Seth, Lauren and Lily.
Tickets to the ECCC First Pitch Dinner are $30 for adults and $15 for children age 12 and under.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Coach Neal Holliman, 601-635-6374 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 374. His e-mail address is email@example.com.