Former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones sponsored a celebrity softball game at Buckeye Field to raise funds to fight cancer.
Former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones sponsored a charity softball game at Buckeye Field on Saturday afternoon to raise funds to fight cancer. He and former quarterback J.T. Barrett highlighted to former Buckeyes to participate, as they captained both teams – named Team Cardale and Team J.T.
Other former Buckeyes that participated were James Laurinaitis, Boom Herron, Beanie Wells, J.J. Sullinger, Zach and Jacoby Boren, Bobby Carpenter, Jake Ballard and several others.
Team Cardale and Team J.T. take a group photo before festivities begin. pic.twitter.com/Ta4sFMfToA— Taylor Lehman (@TaylorRLehman) July 13, 2019
To help raise funds, each ticket cost $20, and the volunteers sold raffle tickets as well as auctioned off signed jerseys – two Barrett jerseys alone raised more than $1,200. As soon as Barrett arrived, he signed several pieces of memorabilia that were sold to spectators.
The event began with a Home Run Derby that featured three rounds that dwindled down from seven batters to two. Jake Ballard and Zach Boren made it to the finals, and Boren won, with 12 home runs in just over a minute.
Everyone that hits a home run gets a beer at third base. This is JJ Sullinger after a third inning homer. pic.twitter.com/8u4M9QPzk0— Taylor Lehman (@TaylorRLehman) July 13, 2019
During the game, Drew Basil hit four home runs, but Team J.T. scored 20 runs in the top of the sixth and final inning before winning, 35-25.
Barrett has been working out in Dallas and is preparing for his summer with the New Orleans Saints. He talked to Eleven Warriors about what it meant to be back in Columbus for the charity softball game.
See more photos from the event in the gallery above.