Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, LoCash Cowboys + More Go to Bat for City of Hope
To cap off the 2011 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, stars from all walks of entertainment -- including 'Idol' singers Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina -- gathered at Greer Stadium in Music City on Saturday, June 11 for the 21st annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge. The celebrities were split off into two teams for the fan-favorite event held each year.
Playing for the Grand Ole Opry team were McCreery, Brett Eldredge, Nashville Predators' Blake Geoffrion, Chase Rise, LoCash Cowboys' Chris Lucas, Point of Grace's Denise Jones, Dierks Bentley, Tennessee Titans' Kerry Collins, Robin Meade, Two-foot Fred, Ty Brown and Vince Gill. The Opry's opposing team, After Midnight With Blair Garner, consisted of Alaina, Chuck Wicks, David Nail, Jake Owen, James Wesley, LoCash Cowboys' Preston Brust, Julie Roberts, TV host Shane Tallant, GAC's Suzanne Alexander, Nashville Predators' Nick Spaling and Joe Nichols.
Like in past years, the game was filled with many memorable moments, like when avid hockey player Dierks Bentley decided to bring his hockey gear with him to first base one inning and Jake Owen back-flipped from the announcers table for a cheering crowd.
LoCash Cowboys' Preston Brust manned the catcher position for his team, and enjoyed the small-talk exchanged with his opposing teammates. "I played catcher, which was a pretty action-packed spot on the field," Brust tells Taste of Country. "It got pretty crazy ... I was talkin' smack with Scotty McCreery and Vince Gill, and kicking dirt on Dierks Bentley's cleats, as a good catcher should and could [laughs]!"
Brust did, however, put his athletic skills to work throughout the game. "I had a double, a single and I got somebody out at the plate on a big play," he says, adding, "And I think I made the ESPN game highlight reel when I dove across the announcers table saving a run from scoring!"
Brust's duo partner Chris Lucas played for the Opry team, which had the media buzzing about who would be victorious at the end ... Brust's or Lucas' team.
"The cool thing is we realized before the game started that no matter which one of us won the game, LoCash would be winning no matter what!" laughs Brust.
The final score favored the After Midnight With Blair Garner team, beating the Grand Ole Opry team 9-5. "At least for another year I get to say that I won the game to Chris on the bus," jokes Brust.
"It was a pleasure and honor to be a part of such a positive organization such as City of Hope," LoCash's Chris Lucas, who batted in his team's first run and scored their second run, noted after the game. "We have dreamed about playing this game for a long time, and we had a blast!"
"After being a part of an amazing event and seeing all the fans come out and support City of Hope, I realized it's not about Chris or Preston or LoCash," adds Brust. "Everyone was here to support such a great cause, because in the end, City of Hope won."
See Scotty McCreery Up to Bat at the City of Hope Game