Two sports teams from Music City will soon be battling for softball supremacy as the Nashville Predators and Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team meet in the “Smashville Showdown” on September 19th.
According to a press release, the event will take place at Hawkins Field, the home of Vandy’s baseball team, and will feature players from both the Preds and Vandy. The format will be a home run derby followed by a softball game with a mixed squad of Preds and Vandy players. John Hynes and Tim Corbin will be the coaches.
From the release:
“We are incredibly excited to collaborate with Vanderbilt University and bring our two organizations together for a unique project benefitting the local community,” Predators Vice President of Community Relations Rebecca King said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun for Predators fans to see their favorite players trade their hockey helmets for batting helmets and step up to the plate alongside Vanderbilt student-athletes, all while helping a great cause. We hope this event will make a big impact in our community and be a staple of our preseason schedule for years to come.”
“Needless to say, we are thrilled to collaborate with the Nashville Predators on what we both hope to make an annual event for the community,” Vanderbilt Baseball General Manager and Chief of Staff Brooks Webb said. “This has been a vision for several years now, and it will be an exciting evening watching some of the best from the Predators and Vanderbilt on Hawkins Field become a reality.”
Preds and Dores meeting again
The Preds and ‘Dores have met on the baseball diamond before. Last year, several Preds players participated in a home run derby at Hawkins Field. Tanner Jeannot, who played baseball and volleyball growing up in Oxbow, Saskatchewan, stood out among the top players.
The event went so well last year, the two teams decided to make it an annual event, adding in the mixed squad softball game.
Expect Jeannot to return, along with Roman Josi, Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen, Matt Duchene, and potentially newcomers Ryan McDonagh and Nino Neiderreiter. On the Vandy side, standout leadoff centerfielder Enrique Bradfield Jr. will surely be in attendance.
Tickets will cost $25 (can be purchased here) with proceeds to benefit the Predators Foundation, the Vandy United Fund, as well as several local charitable organizations.
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