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College baseball: Gainesville Braves holding autograph signing, scrimmage August 8 at Chestatee High
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University of Georgia pitcher Jonathan Cannon delivers for the Gainesville Braves during a scrimmage Tuesday at Chestatee High.

The Gainesville Braves will face the Alpharetta Aviators on August 8 in a free baseball scrimmage at Chestatee High with autograph signings to raise money for the Back Pack Love program through Straight Street Ministries. The Gainesville Braves play sandlot games with players from the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Alabama, among others, on the team.

Fans are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear protective face masks.

The Gainesville Braves are managed by MLB veteran and Gainesville High graduate Micah Owings, while fellow former MLB pitcher Cris Carpenter and his son, Sam, are working with Braves pitchers.

Gainesville High graduate Banks Griffith, who will play at Stetson University next year after two seasons at Furman, is on the Gainesville Braves roster.

The game will begin at 10;30 a.m.  and gates open at 10 a.m. 

Each player will sign a baseball card for $1 with all funds going to help the program that feeds families in Gainesville and Hall County. Each backpack provided contains about six meals. 

The event is sponsored by the Gainesville Braves, North Fulton Rotary Club and State Farm. 

Southern Epicurean Food Truck will be present for the event. Music will play between innings for each player to come out of the dugout to sign his cards. 

For more information, contact Rick Clark at 

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