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Murphy resident and PESH Varsity middle infielder/pitcher Sam Alvey uses a power washer to clean the bleachers at Rusty Franklin Field - Plano East Senior High

Many Murphy residents in the Plano East Senior High baseball program recently joined members of the Plano East Baseball Booster Club to prepare the baseball fields and facilities at McMillen, Williams and Plano East high schools for the upcoming spring baseball season.

“I was very proud of the young men in our program,” said Jordan Byrd, Plano East Baseball Head Coach. “They sacrificed their Saturday morning and worked hard for hours cleaning, repairing and painting to get everything ready at all three of our schools. They’ve worked hard in the off season to get in the best shape and hone their skills… all while keeping their grades up and volunteering in the community. Now they’re ready to compete against other area high schools in the spring baseball season. I’m excited to see these guys play at a very high level.”

Members of the community are invited to participate in the 2018 Panther Baseball Home Run Derby starting at noon Saturday, February 3. For a $20 donation, participants will get 10 swings for a chance to hit one out of the park. Register the day of the event at the Plano East Baseball field. Contact Coach Byrd at jordan.byrd@pisd.edu with any questions. All money raised will benefit the Plano East Baseball program.

The Plano East Baseball season kicks off February 6 with a 5 p.m. Varsity scrimmage against Trinity Christian Academy at Plano East. PESH Junior Varsity has a 4 p.m. scrimmage against Trinity Christian Academy at TCA. McMillen will scrimmage Wylie East at 5:30 p.m. at Wylie East, followed by a 7:30 p.m. scrimmage between Williams and Wylie East. District play begins March 13. Complete schedules are online at planoeastbaseball.com

The Plano East Baseball program is under the direction of Coach Byrd, Assistant Varsity Coach Scott Castleman, Junior Varsity Head Coach Michael Martinez, Assistant Junior Varsity Coach John Lubow, McMillen Head Coach Cole McLean, McMillen Assistant Coach Ryan Henderson, Williams Head Coach Shane Kesler and Williams Assistant Coach Jonathan Gill.  For more information, go to planoeastbaseball.com

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