Country music’s hottest stars stepped up to the plate to strike out cancer at the 23rd annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge at Greer Stadium during the CMA Festival on Saturday afternoon in Nashville, TN (June 8th).
Players included Florida Georgia Line duo Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, Kree Harrison, Scotty McCreery, Phil Vassar, Lauren Alaina, Jonathan Jackson, Craig Campbell, Brett Eldredge, Maggie Rose, Chuck Wicks, Scott Hamilton and more.
The City of Hope celebrity softball game is a yearly tradition at CMA Festival and raises valuable funds for lifesaving cancer research. 2013 marks City of Hope’s 100 year anniversary and the support from the country music community allows for continued care and discoveries.
American Idol‘s season twelve runner-up Kree Harrison kicked off the game by singing her heart out to the National Anthem. The two teams playing in this year’s softball game were Grand Ole Opry and After Midnite. Team Opry snagged the win with 29 runs Premiere Radio’s After Midnite team had 27 runs. Florida Georgia Line brought their A-game for the Grand Ole Opry team by batting in multiple game-changing runs. Jonathan Jackson from ABC’s drama Nashville hit some powerful line drives and played catcher for team Opry. Maggie Rose was voted MVP of the game by the fans and was given the most valuable player trophy. Scotty McCreery was the #1 fan favorite at the softball game on Saturday– he signed TONS of autographs over the dugout throughout the ENTIRE game!
Photos and footage from the game below.
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