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Legends game honors Coach Coots

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By Kristin Beck

Carroll County High School head coach Jay Jones hit a grand slam in the top of the fifth inning to give the black team an 18-8 win over the gold team in the second annual Bob Coots Legends game held Saturday at Panther Field. The score is especially significant because Coots was No. 18 when he was the Panthers’ head coach.

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Jones said Coots coached in the 1980s and 90s and died last year, which is why the game began. Jones said Coots was a pitching coach, but knew all aspects of the game.

“He was funny, smart, witty, straight to the point, stubborn and a players coach,” he said. “He could relate to kids. He was very old school, and he loved baseball.”

Jones said the legends game is an attempt to have the “old guys” and their families in the stands again, telling stories and reliving the glory days. “It is a chance to enjoy some fellowship and remember a great time in baseball and a great person,” he said. 

Jones said the Coots family is a huge supporter of the baseball program and this gives them the opportunity to share their memories and to see the progress of the program.