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City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game Hits a Home Run in It’s 26th Year

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Getty Images for City Of Hope

It was a homerun for the 26th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, which saw more than 30 music and sports stars step up to the plate to strike out cancer at First Tennessee Park in Nashville. Team iHeart Country and Team Opry ended in a tie game with a final score of 18 to 18.

Country Music icon Trisha Yearwood led with the national anthem before Lauren Alaina, Craig Wayne Boyd, Danielle Bradbery, The Bobby Bones Show, Bucky Covington, Jessie James Decker, Charles Esten, Nick Fradiani, Vince Gill, Mickey Guyton, Jonathan Jackson, Chris Lane, LOCASH, Scotty McCreery, A Thousand Horses, Tristan McIntosh, Bret Michaels, David Nail, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Jamie Lynn Spears, Mark Wills, Brett Young and former Major League Baseball pitcher Barry Zito took to the field to strike out cancer. The Crook and Chase Countdown’s Lorianne Crook and WSM’s Bill Cody emceed and offered play-by-plays for the thousands of fans in attendance.

The fan favorite game didn’t disappoint, as the bats came alive for both teams throughout the high scoring game.  Memorable moments on the field included multiple inside the park homeruns, double plays, and some crazy antics leading to tying the score up at 18 in the final inning.

The City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, a 26-year tradition during CMA Music Festival, celebrated its first quarter century in Nashville as it honored the game’s founder, music industry veteran Bruce Hinton. The “Champion of Hope Award” was presented to Hinton by President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, Scott Borchetta, for his significant contributions to the event over its quarter century history.

While neither team can walk away with bragging rights this year, it is the patients at City of Hope who are the real winners with more than $200,000 raised for cancer research.

Thousands of fans packed the ballpark to catch the action and antics on the field. Before the first pitch was thrown, the crowds cheered wildly as 8-year old City of Hope patient Aaron Yniguez, who received lifesaving treatment for acute myeloid leukemia more than three years ago at City of Hope, and his genetically matched, life-saving stem cell donor Yolanda Nava, a Southwest® Airlines Employee from Arlington, Texas, traveled to meet on the pitcher’s mound for the very first time.

Bone marrow transplants offer a second chance for people with life-threatening blood cancers and other hematologic malignancies. Since 1976, more than 13,000 patients from virtually every state and dozens of countries have undergone bone marrow, cord blood or stem cell transplants at City of Hope. Support from the Nashville community and its country music artists directly benefit City of Hope’s mission to find cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Those unable to attend the game can still support City of Hope. A variety of unique merchandise including game-worn jerseys signed by the players, and experiences including meet-and-greets with the hottest artists, will be available for bid at Cohauctions.com. The proceeds will benefit City of Hope’s mission to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Idol Alum Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Bucky Covington & Kellie Pickler Return to “American Idol”

Last night Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina, Bucky Covington and Scotty McCreery returned to the show that started it all, “American Idol” for a country medley. Check it out!

Scotty McCreery & Lauren Alaina Return to “American Idol”

Last week Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery returned to the show that started it all when they performed on “American Idol” with current contestants.

Lauren and Emily Brooke performed “Flat on the Floor” while Scotty and Jenna Renea performed “I’m Comin’ Over.”

Lauren Alaina Returns to American Idol Tonight

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Lauren Alaina returns to FOX’s “American Idol” TONIGHT at 8 p.m. ET. Lauren initially captured America’s hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of the singing competition, and now she is back as a mentor to two of this season’s contestants. Lauren reflects on her time on Idol and shares a few pointers she picked up when she was going through the incredible, yet challenging, experience.

“I’m so honored ‘American Idol’ asked me to mentor,” shares Lauren. “It’s really special to be able to go back to the show that taught me the ins and outs of the music business and be able to share what I’ve learned with the new contestants. I love that I get to give back to the show that gave me so many opportunities and tools to set up my career.”

On the episode, Lauren will also sing a duet with the two Idol hopefuls.

Recently, Lauren released highly-anticipated new music on a five-song self-titled EP. Lauren co-wrote every track on the EP including her latest single, “Next Boyfriend,” and the ESPN exclusive promo track, “History,” which was played throughout the network’s extensive college and professional football coverage. To preview Lauren Alaina, visit umgn.us/LaurenEP.

Lauren has also toured with some of the format’s biggest stars including country icon Alan Jackson, who she joins again this spring on the Keepin’ It Country Tour. The tour makes stops in Mississippi, Oklahoma, California and more.

For more information on Lauren, her new EP and music, visit www.LaurenAlainaOfficial.com.

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