High school rivals play together for former player diagnosed with ALS
Posted April 19
Updated April 20
Raleigh, N.C. — High school baseball teams from across Raleigh are coming together this week to score for ALS research.
A Thursday night doubleheader featuring Broughton, Millbrook, Sanderson, and Leesville high schools has been dubbed the Chris Combs Baseball Classic in honor of a Broughton and NC State alum diagnosed with the disease in last spring.
Combs, a 1993 graduate of Broughton High School, played baseball at State and in the minor leagues before being diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Over time, ALS claims the nerve cells that control muscle movement, eventually paralyzing the sufferer.
Combs, an associate athletic director for the NC State Wolfpack Club, is the inspiration for a team that will include area high school baseball players from four schools participating in the annual Triangle ALS Walk on Saturday.
Before the walk, the teams will play at NC State’s Doak Field on Thursday night – Sanderson vs Leesville will play at 5:30 and Millbrook vs Broughton will play at 8 – with ticket proceeds to benefit the ALS Association of NC.