The Virgin Valley High School Baseball program had to postpone the big party last week. The team planned to hold a big fundraiser dinner for Saturday, January 15. But the event had to be canceled at the last minute as the Clark County School District went into its “5-day hiatus” due to the pandemic.
But now that schools and sports are back in business, so is the Bulldogs Baseball Bash. The big fundraiser has been moved to Thursday, January 20, starting at 6:00 PM at the Eureka Resort Grand Canyon Ballroom. All the public is invited to come and cheer on the VVHS Baseball Team.
Two guest speakers will be present during the event.
The first speaker is Wick Udy, who played professional baseball for the Seattle Mariners organization. In college, Udy played for Dixie State College and later the University of Utah.
The second speaker at the dinner is Gorman Heimueller, a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Oakland Athletics. Heimueller also worked as a pitching coach and Minor League coordinator for more than 35 years.
The VVHS Baseball Program has undergone some important changes in the coaching staff for next season. Dan Wright, who previously was the team’s assistant coach, takes over as Head Coach for the program. Assistant coaches John Felix and Nate Porter will remain in their positions. New assistant coaches Nick Montoya and John Hoover will join the program.
“We have big plans for good training coming up,” Coach Wright said in an interview with The Progress. “We have some good kids in the program and we’re just excited to play some baseball. We look forward to continuing the tradition we already have with Bulldog Baseball.”
Wright has been involved in baseball for most of his life. He got a low-round draft pick from the high school Atlanta Braves. But he decided to go to college instead. He played baseball for two years at Dixie College, where he was recognized as a Junior College All American player. He then went on to play for the University of Nebraska. As a Cornhusker, Wright was part of the team that went to the Big 12 Championships in 2000.
Wright currently serves as Director of Commercial Banking at the Bank of Nevada Mesquite branch. He has served as president of the Virgin Valley Little League for the past 8 years.
Wright said he hopes the upcoming fundraising event for the upcoming season will spark some community interest and involvement in the VVHS program. Despite delay.
“It wasn’t really how we imagined this,” Wright said. “But sometimes you have to roll with the punches.”
“We’re just looking for a little more excitement about Bulldogs Baseball in the community,” added Wright. “We expect to share some great stories and give a little bit of advice for the kids. It should be a fun event.”
Dinner tickets are $35 per adult, $25 per student (K-12). Children five and under are free with an adult.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting one of the Bulldog Baseball coaches. They are also for sale at the door on the evening of dinner.
A raffle will be held for a number of prizes, including VVHS baseball hats and batting jackets, rounds of golf, and two VVHS-branded Louisville Slugger maple bats.
For more information about the event, contact Dan Wright at 702-349-5017.