SCV News | February 6: 2022 Hart High Baseball Team Preview, Alumni Game

Uploaded: , Tuesday February 1st, 2022

By press release

The tradition of the Hart High Baseball Alumni Game will return to the Diamond on Sunday, February 6 at 11 a.m. for a three-inning game and preview of the 2022 Hart High Baseball teams, including the varsity, junior and frosh teams.

Prior to the game, presented by the Hart Dugout Club, former Hart baseball player Ryan Haag, Class of 2000, will be inducted into the Hart Baseball Wall of Fame.

Haag played second base for Hart Baseball during the “happy day” of the championships, and Haag’s leadership and talent led the Indians to the 1999 CIF D2 Championship.

A talented left-handed second baseman, Haag played three seasons for the Hart Varsity team and continued his high school career with an honor-laden college career at California State University, Northridge and California State University, Fresno before being drafted in 2004 by the New York Yankees.

“Ryan Haag was a winner at Hart and during his college years. I had the pleasure of coaching Ryan in his senior year and his aggressive style on the field motivated his teammates to succeed,” said Hart Baseball coach Jim Ozella. “Ryan was an athlete ready to succeed and on the field his competitive spirit was inspiring. Ryan played the game as a champion and his honor of being selected for the Wall of Fame is well deserved.

The free family event will feature items for purchase at the snack bar, which is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. The national anthem at 11:45 a.m.

Actress, TV personality, and Hart High baseball parent Kelly Packard will perform the national anthem at 11:45 a.m. Packard is best known for her roles as Tiffani Smith on “California Dreams,” as well as April Giminski on ” Baywatch” and co-host of “Believe It or Not Ripley’s!”

Alumni and Wall of Fame presentations will take place at noon, followed by team presentations at 12:45 p.m.

The three-inning alumni baseball game, scheduled to last one hour, begins at 1 p.m.

Hart Alumni Game president John Dow said he expects alumni to include some former Hart Major League Baseball players.

“You never know who’s going to show up,” Dow said. “In 2019, Al Downing was there. He wanted to talk to the players.

Downing, although not a Hart Baseball alumnus, played in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1961 to 1977.

“This is a free community event,” Dow said. “There will be burgers and hot dogs to buy. We want everyone to come see the 2022 Hart High baseball teams.”

Dow said commentary on the alumni game will be provided by Hart Baseball coach Ozella.

“This should be a lot of fun, Coach Ozella has been at Hart for at least two decades and knows all of his former players very well,” Dow said.

Hart High School Baseball Field, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newall, CA 91321

For more information, visit Hart High Baseball.

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