Watertown baseball Feb. 7 event --
Lebanon resident and former major league pitcher Jeff Bennett will be the keynote speaker Saturday, Feb. 7 as the Watertown High baseball program holds its inaugural "Lead-Off" Banquet.
The event starts at 6 p.m. in the Watertown High cafeteria and will feature a catered meal, introduction of the 2015 Purple Tiger players and staff, a silent auction, a live auction for big ticket items, tours of the WHS facilities and of course -- remarks from Bennett.
Tickets are $25 each with a table of eight available for $150. All proceeds will benefit the Purple Tiger baseball program. To reserve tickets, call WHS baseball coach E.J. Wood at 615-237-3434 or email him at email@example.com.
Born in Donelson, Bennett became an outstanding two-sport athlete at Gordonsville High School, starring in both basketball and baseball.
Currently a free agent, Bennett signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 16, 2014. He made 21 starts for the Class Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. He went 8-6 with a 3.82 ERA.
Prior to signing with the Dodgers, Bennett was 4-3 with a 2.44 ERA in seven starts with Broncos de Reynosa of the Mexican League, with 33 strikeouts and 13 walks in 43 innings.
Over the previous five years Bennett pitched in the Mexican League, Triple-A and with the independent Lancaster Barnstormers in Pennsylvania.
Bennett, who turns 35 on June 10, pitched four parts of four major league seasons from 2004-2009 with the Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves and the Tampa Bay Rays, going 8-17 with three saves and a 4.30 ERA in 179 games, including six starts, with 154 strikeouts and 108 walks in 228 innings.
He drafted out of high school in the 19th round of the 1998 Major League Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.