The King and His Court to play finale at Borleske

Walla Walla native Eddie Feigner formed the exhibition softball squad in 1946, and it plays its final game Saturday night at Borleske Stadium.

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WALLA WALLA - The final performance of The King and His Court traveling four-man softball team is coming to Borleske Stadium Saturday night.

Walla Walla native Eddie Feigner started his legendary team, as highlighted in the recent ESPN.com article by Jim Caple, with a bet in a bar in Pendleton in 1946.

Since then, according to the team's website, the exhibition team has played more than 14,000 games in more than 100 countries while traveling more than 4 million miles.

Feigner died in 2007. The current team of pitcher Rich Hoppe, who has been with the team for three decades; catcher Charlie Dobbins; first baseman Mike Branchaud; and shortstop Ron Davenport, will play a team comprised of nine players with Walla Walla ties on Saturday.

Facing the four-man squad will be Jeff Cirillo, former MLB All-Star and member of the Walla Walla Sweets ownership group; J.C. Biagi, Sweets manager and Walla Walla Community College assistant coach; Mark Michaud, Sweets and Whitman College pitching coach; Cesar Lopez, Sweets assistant coach and former DeSales High standout; David Meliah: Sweets assistant coach and WWCC head coach; Zachary Fraser, Sweets general manager; Jordan Paden, Sweets Stadium Operations Coordinator and former Wa-Hi and Ohio University softball standout; Ashlyn Lyons, current DeSales softball standout, 2011 Washington Class 2B honorable mention all-state and first team all-league member as a freshman; and Alyson Ambler, current Wa-Hi softball standout, 2011 Washington Class 4A Player of the Year and first team all-state member as a junior.

Festivities for the finale begin with an autograph session with original King and His Court player Mike Meilicke and Sweets team members at the Sweets Shoppe in downtown Walla Walla from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, meet current and past King and His Court players and Sweets members for photos and autographs from 2-3:30 p.m. at Borleske Stadium.

Borleske Stadium gates open at 6 p.m., with first pitch of the final The King and His Court performance at 7:05 p.m.

For more information on The King and His Court, see website www.kingandhiscourt.org.

For an historical video on Feigner and his team, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWkUk4mYN9w.

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