Baseball season is drawing near and the Waxahachie Indians are ready to step on to the field with new road uniforms.

During a busy day at Richards Park on Friday, the Indians displayed their new road uniforms, took photos for ESPN’s RISE Magazine, received a scholarship check from the Mike O’Daniel Memorial Golf tournament and then took the field for a little intersquad scrimmage.

Thank goodness it was a perfect day outside.

Entering his second season as head coach of the Indians, Tracy Wood said the team needed new road jerseys to replace the jerseys the team had been wearing for the last seven to eight years.

The new jerseys are green with Waxahachie sewn in white trimmed with black across the chest in a script font. Along the sides of the jersey there is a white stripe about three inches wide under and above the arms. The front of the jersey has piping that follows the button and neckline.

Last season, the Indians wore green mesh hats with a cursive W on the front. The classic W design remains on the hats this season but the hats will be constructed of traditional wool fabric instead of the mesh.

Pants worn by the Indians will be white with a green pin stripe down the side.

The home uniforms worn by the Indians will not change in 2009 but Wood said he would like to get new home uniforms for the 2010 season. He hopes to attain uniforms similar to this season’s road uniforms with the exception of the jersey color would be white.

Four players, Drew Harrison, Colton Cain, Nathan Schmidt and Zack Hopson, debuted the new uniforms as part of a photo shoot with ESPN’s the RISE Magazine.

The magazine that is devoted to high school athletes will publish a story on the Indians’ success last season and the four returning starters from last year’s team. While at the photo shoot the photographer for the magazine said the article should be published in a month to two months.

In January 2008, RISE Magazine joined forces with ESPN. Founded in 1997 as SchoolSports, ESPN RISE Magazine recognizes the outstanding work of student-athletes both nationally and locally. With 25 local editions and a million readers per issue, ESPN RISE Magazine is distributed directly to 7,000 high schools throughout the country. The magazines are displayed in high traffic areas such as cafeterias, hallways, classrooms and locker rooms.

Waxahachie is scheduled to start official team practice on Friday, Jan. 30. Both varsity and junior varsity practice will be held that day and the first freshmen practice of the season will be on Saturday, Jan 31. Wood said the practices would cover basic baseball fundamentals and the team prepares for the season.

Russell Phillips along with other members of the RBI Club was on hand to distribute the $2,000 check from the Mike O’Daniel Golf Tournament.

“Mike’s tie to the baseball program is that he was a player in his high school days and was the radio announcer along with Ken Roberts for more than 20 years and was always an avid fan of Waxahachie Baseball” Phillips said. “It has been said that three things he enjoyed most were classic country music, fishing, golf and high school baseball. The RBI Club is honored to be a part of continuing his legacy and proud that we are able to contribute to the scholarship fund each year.”

The scholarship fund was started by Mike’s good friends and former classmates at WHS as a tribute to him and his accomplishments and contributions.

The third annual Mike O’Daniel Memorial Scholarship Fund Dance and Auction will be held on March 14 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ennis. All proceeds from the event will go towards the scholarship fund. Music will be provided by “The Final Showdown Band” with special guests Jesse Mears and Kathy McVicker of Fiddlin’ Fever. Tickets for the event are $12.50 and can be obtained by calling Phillips at 972-351-2215.

“As far as other fundraisers for the program, we have several ongoing fundraisers,” Phillips. “Our main fundraisers are the golf tournament (in October each year, The “Classic Country” Mike O’Daniel Memorial Golf Tournament) and selling Texas Rangers tickets.”

Each year the RBI Club purchases 1,000 tickets to a Texas Rangers baseball game. Purchasing the tickets allows our varsity team the opportunity to play one game at The Rangers Ballpark in Arlington each year.  This year’s game at the Ballpark will be March 10 against Grapevine. 

This year the club will be selling tickets to the June 12 Ranger game against the L.A. Dodgers.  After the game attendees will enjoy a fireworks display with music by the Beach Boys played on the PA system.  The tickets will be sold by all WHS baseball players or by contacting a member of the RBI Club.

“We also still have room available for outfield fence sponsors at the ballpark,” Phillips said.

For information on advertising call Missy Phillips at 972-351-3186.

Information on the Waxahachie Indians and the RBI Booster Club can be found online at www.waxahachieindianbaseball.com.