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Casper Ghosts Step Up To The Plate

The Casper Ghosts baseball team, the Rookie League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, stepped up to the plate this weekend to support organ and tissue donation. The two-game homestand was a partnership between the Ghosts, the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank, the Wyoming Department of Health and Donor Alliance. This was the program's second year.

Fans were able to get information about donation as well as try on glasses that simulate corneal blindness, the type of blindness treated through cornea transplantation.

Saturday's first-pitch was thrown by Dewey Smith, a Casper resident and cornea transplant recipient. Smith had his cornea transplant in November. While he still has stiches that occassionally give him some blurred vision, his transplant has been a big success. When asked to try on the simulation glasses, Smith exclaimed, "That looks very familiar!"

The Wyoming Department of Health presented the Ghosts with a certificate of appreciation for its work on promoting organ & tissue donation.The department also provided the team with special jerseys to mark the event. The jerseys were auctioned off in a silent auction diring the game. Proceeds benefitted Wyoming Cares, Wyoming Shares, the state's organ and tissue donation education program.

On Friday night, Ryan Roschlitz threw out the first pitch. Ryan is a pro-rodeo cowboy and heart transplant recipient.

While the Ghosts lost 8-1 against the Great Falls Voyagers, the affiliate team of the Chicago White Sox, they beat the Billings Mustangs 5-4 on Saturday. The Mustangs are the rookie affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

See a slide show of the weekend events