The Rapid City Rush announced Thursday that head coach Daniel Tetrault and assistant coach Nello Ferrara will hold the Red vs White scrimmage Oct. 4 at 7:05 p.m.
Doors will open at 6:05 p.m. and there will be no admission charged.
“This will be a unique game for all the fans and our coaching staff,” said Tetrault. “It will be free to the public as well, so we hope everyone will come out and support their team. We have such a short window in training camps in the ECHL, so this will be a good evaluation tool for Coach Nello and myself because we have so many players participating in camp. It also adds another dimension that practice cannot: it’s a real game situation for these players.”
The festivities will begin with a draft on Oct. 3 where, via Facebook Live, Tetrault and Ferrara will select the players for their respective teams. In order to allow the coaches to properly evaluate their players from the stands, the teams will be coached by Rush staff members: broadcaster Mark Binetti and head equipment manager Patrick Dolan will coach the team selected by Tetrault, while the other team selected by Ferrara will be coached by head athletic trainer Cody Lindhorst and training camp attendant Rick Kinstler.
“It will also be really fun to see the Rush staff competing against each other behind the benches,” Tetrault said. “While this is serious for our players and the future of our roster for the regular season, we plan on having a great time and a ton of fun celebrating the start of a new season with all of our fans.”
The scrimmage will be played in two 25-minute halves of stoppage time with a flood in between the halves. The first half of play will feature 5-on-5 hockey from start to finish, while the second half will begin with 5-on-5 hockey until the first whistle with less than 10 minutes remaining. The game will then shift to 4-on-4 hockey, until the first whistle with less than 5 minutes remaining in the half, in which the game will then shift to 3-on-3 hockey until the end of regulation.
At the conclusion of regulation, each player will participate in a shootout, with each goal counting towards the team’s total on the scoreboard. The winning team in the scrimmage will win a dinner provided by the losing team.
Humphries named to Post 320 staff
Post 320 coach Rich Downs has announced Brian Humphries has joined his coaching staff.
“Brian is a new face to baseball in the Rapid City area and I am excited for the community to get to know him," said Downs in a release.
The Boston Red Sox drafted Humphries out of high school as an outfielder in the 19th round. He played his college baseball at Pepperdine University where he was a scholarship three-year starter. A 14th round draft pick by the Colorado Rockies, he spent four years in the Rockies organization, moving from the Tri City Dust Devils low A, to the Asheville Tourists full season low A, then to high A with the Modesto Nuts. Humphries was a mid-season all-star when he played with the AA Tulsa Drillers and finished his professional career in the American Association playing for the Sioux Falls Canaries and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
“Anytime you can get a coach to join your staff who has this kind of experience you jump at the opportunity. Humphries will have many duties as he will coach our outfielders, coordinate our hitting, serve as the head coach of the Shooters and will run our baseball school,” Downs said.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the 320 staff, I can’t wait to open the 320 baseball school and get started with individual lessons, clinics and off season workout programs. I believe I can help each player that I get in front of to become a better player and a better individual and that fits with what coach Downs wants from his coaching staff,” said Humphries.
SDABA Hall of Fame Banquet set for Oct. 1
Tickets are still on sale for the 2017 South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame Banquet scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Canova CARE Center.
Tickets are $20 (if purchased by Saturday) or $25 thereafter. They can be purchased by contacting Dave Gassman at 940-3095 or Ronda Gassman at 360-2382.
The banquet will begin with a social at 4 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony.
The 2017 SDABA Hall of Fame inductees are Allan Oswald of Canova, Kip Coates of Rapid City, Brian Sudenga of Valley Springs, Ted Poncelet of Irene and Melvin Schlimgen of Dimock.