THS baseball skipper wasn’t the only local coach hosting a wide-ranging diamond tournament this weekend.
Thomasville softball coach Ron O’Quinn also entertained various South Georgia schools in the sixth annual Dog Days of Summer.
In fact, O’Quinn’s event herded twice as many teams and literally ran from sun up to sun down.
“It’s all about the preparation, and I have awesome help from my parents and boosters,” O’Quinn told the Times-Enterprise.
O’Quinn has anchored the event since assuming his role in 2009.
He viewed it as an opportunity for players to improve with in-gane experience, but more importantly, raise money for what can quickly become a pricey season.
THS amassed over $2,000 during the three-day event – through participation costs, ticket sales, and concessions – which will directly fund its endeavors for the 2014 season this fall.
The THS softball program aims for one “big ticket purchase” each year, and relies on Dog Days to do so. Last year’s investment went to new windscreens at the softball facility.
“We’re not sure yet what we’re going to do this time around,” the coach said.
O’Quinn generated the Dog Days idea with former Thomasville baseball assistant Tommy Holloman, who left in 2009 to take over the Early County program.
The duo had a ‘if you host one, I’ll host another’ outset, and successfully formed an alliance along with Cook coach Scott Ray to tally a summer trifecta.
Early hosts its event the final week of May to coincide with schools letting out. Thomasville follows with its tournament two weeks later. And Cook caps the summer series with its event during the last week of June.
“We wanted to keep everybody local and be able to play,” O’Quinn said. “This gives us the opportunity to get good practice, raise money and not have to travel very far.”