COD softball goes pink

The College of the Desert softball team will host San Diego City College and Glendale C.C. in a “friendly” to support breast cancer awareness this weekend. The Roadrunners will be sporting pink uniform jerseys and socks.

On Saturday at 10 a.m., the Roadrunners will play San Diego, then take on Glendale at 2 p.m. Glendale will play San Diego in between.

On Sunday, COD will face Glendale at 10 a.m.

The event was designed to honor a couple of local softball coaches who are breast cancer survivors.

Some members of the La Quinta High School softball team will participate in the fundraising event along with coach DeDe Grutz.

“We are going to have a “singles for singles” jug in which we are asking fans to donate $1 when one our players hits a single,” said COD coach Thomas Armstrong whose team just kicked off the season as the defending Foothill Conference champs. “We’ll also be playing $5 Bingo-style cards and gathering prizes for the winners.”

Armstrong added that all proceeds will assist local softball teams with their cancer awareness programs.

“We hope to get a lot of people out to the ballpark this weekend and raise money to buy (pink) jerseys for the local teams,” he said. “The games should be great; San Diego City is a top notch team and Glendale is a powerhouse that is coming off an impressive tournament championship at their host tourney this past weekend. After our great season last year we have really stepped up our schedule and are playing mostly playoff teams from last season.”

 College of the Desert features local players from four Desert Valley League schools this season; Coachella Valley, Cathedral City, Palm Springs and Indio are all represented.