N.C. State will host the inaugural Chris Combs ALS Baseball Classic on Thursday. The high school baseball doubleheader, named after the former N.C. State and Broughton baseball star who was diagnosed with ALS in May 2016, will raise money for ALS research.
Sanderson and Leesville Road will play the first game at 5:30 p.m. at Doak Field, followed by Millbrook and Broughton at 8 p.m.
Student tickets for the games are $5 and all others are $10. All proceeds will go to the ALS Association of North Carolina. Combs will address the crowd between games. Teams have also been asked to participate in the ALS Walk on Saturday in downtown Raleigh.
More information can be found at teamchriscombs.org.
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