About 700 fans traveled to Springfield Sunday night for Houston’s annual community night at the Springfield Cardinals.
With the help of her son, Andy, Joleen Durham of Texas County Memorial Hospital threw out the ceremonial first pitch. A contest to select the honoree raised $2,364 that will be used to purchase an Emmett Kelly sign for the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Houston High School baseball team, which finished second in the state, was honored on the field before the game. Several Little League teams were also recognized with a walk around the field.
The HHS women’s ensemble, under the direction of Beth Williamson, sang the national anthem.
“Houston Night is one of my favorite times at the park,” said Dan Reiter, account executive for the Cardinals. “Their amazing spirit and sense of pride always makes it great to have Houston in the ballpark.”
Brenda Senter, executive director of the Houston chamber, presented Reiter a St. Louis Cardinals lamp made by chamber member John Casey. Senter also spent several minutes on the radio promoting Houston.
“This is one of the chamber’s most fun, greatest and easiest fund raisers,” said Senter. “We are so proud of our new fairgrounds sign, and it will be wonderful to put another new sign up in town this year.”
The Cardinals’ Cory Rauschenberger tossed a six-hitter for his second career complete game as Springfield shut down visiting Frisco, 5-1.