All-star major league player asks if he can sign home run ball hit by local youth.

Here’s a switch: All-star major league baseball player ASKS if he can sign a home run ball...hit by a little leaguer!

That’s what happened recently to local youth player Andre Ridenhour when his Rolla Sliders’ team was playing in a St. Louis tournament.

Andre’s team was playing against a St. Louis squad which included the son of St. Louis Cardinal standout Matt Holliday, who was in attendance.

During the game Andre ripped a home run, which apparently greatly impressed Holliday. Because the former National League batting champion and current No. 3 hitter in the Cardinals’ lineup went up to Andre after the game and asked him if he could sign the home run ball.

Which, obviously, thrilled Andre.

Now THAT’s how a major leaguer should act. I liked him before, but I’m a much bigger Matt Holliday fan now.

Andre’s mother is Amber Ridenhour and his uncle is Masen Ridenhour, himself a past standout athlete at Rolla High and collegiate All-America wrestler for Lindenwood University.

Among other proud Andre relatives are grandparents Keith and Andi Ridenhour and great grandparents Gloria and Bill Phipps.

Go Watch Tourneys
Slow-pitch softball fans should drive over to the Ber Juan Park Sportsplex this weekend and take in some of the Larry Wilson Memorial Softball Tournament action.

The men’s and women’s tournaments are to be held Saturday, with a large coed field set for Sunday.

There will be a home run derby at 2 p.m. Saturday. Also, there will be a silent auction and drawings both days.

Larry Wilson was a friend and former teammate and is sorely missed in the local softball community. And he was one of the greatest power hitters Rolla has every produced.

Miners Good Sports
Three of Missouri S&T's spring teams were named Thursday as recipients of the Great Lakes Valley Conference's sportsmanship awards for the 2014 season.

Both of Missouri S&T's men’s and women’s track & field teams, as well as the softball team, were named as the winners of the awards for their respective sports. The GLVC team sportsmanship award is determined through a voting procedure conducted by each of the league's 16 member institutions through their Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The conference sponsors this award in each of the league's 20 championship sports.

With the three awards received Thursday, Missouri S&T received the honor in four sports in the past academic year, as the men's soccer team was honored as one of the fall recipients.

Lewis University was named as the winner of the league's overall sportsmanship award.