American Idol alums suited up for the annual City of Hope Softball game on Saturday (June 9) in Nashville. Current winner Maddie Poppe, runner up Caleb Lee Hutchinson and season 15 winner Trent Harmon played for Team Opry while Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina and current 2nd runner-up Gabby Barrett played on Team iHeart. Trent sang the national anthem, while finalist Cade Foehner cheered on from the sidelines.
City of Hope joined Music Row to strike out cancer at the 28th Annual Celebrity Softball Game at First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds. In a friendly competition for a great cause, Team Grand Ole Opry defeated Team iHeart 6-5 in extra innings.
Big Machine Artist and Season 15 Winner of American Idol, Trent Harmon kicked off the event by singing the National Anthem. BBR Music Group duo Walker McGuire led with the traditional coin toss. Team Captains were Bobby Bones for iHeart Media, and Bill Cody and Brian Lambert for Grand Ole Opry.
Guest announcers Naomi Judd, Jeannie Seely, Tim Rushlow, and Charlie Monk joined by iHeart Media radio personality and Master of Ceremonies, Gator Harrison called the play by play.
Additional talent in attendance were: Adam Craig, Adam Doleac, Brandi Cyrus, Brett Kissel, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Charles Esten, Drew and Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s The Property Brothers, Eddie Garcia and Ray Slater of The Bobby Bones Show, Gabby Barrett, Jackie Lee, Jay Cutler, Jennifer Fiedler, Lauren Alaina, Liz Rose, Lucas Hoge, Maddie Poppe, Marc Mariani, Megan Alexander, Seth Ennis, Shawn Parr, Tegan Marie, Trey Smith, and Uncle Si & the Si-Cotics, which includes Si Robertson, Marsha Robertson and Bridgette Tatum.
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City of Hope patient and acute myeloid leukemia survivor, Brian Lambert met his life-saving donor for the first time. The traditional “meeting at the mound” hit a little closer to home than usual for Nashvillians as Lambert is a well-known executive of the Warner Music family and a long-time City of Hope volunteer through its Music, Film & Entertainment Industry group which has raised more than $118 million for City of Hope over the years.
Nearly 50 fans signed up as potential bone marrow donors with Be the Match at City of Hope.