Newt Gingrich Throws Out Pitch, Mingles with Crowd at Gardner-Webb Baseball Game

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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.— Newt Gingrich threw out the ceremonial first pitch and mingled with the crowd at today’s Gardner-Webb University baseball game against North Carolina A&T at John Henry Moss Stadium.

The GOP presidential candidate arrived a half hour before the first pitch, donned a Gardner-Webb baseball cap, and posed for pictures with Head Coach Rusty Stroupe and the Runnin’ Bulldog players. He also walked along the edge of the home plate bleachers, mingling with fans and introducing himself to Gardner-Webb students in the crowd.

He then accompanied Stroupe to home plate as an honorary assistant coach for the exchanging of lineups with the A&T coaching staff, before tossing out the game’s first pitch.

Gingrich was cordial and relaxed, joking with fans and members of the media alike.  When asked what sort of pitch he would throw, he quipped, “A ball.”

The event was one of several Cleveland County stops for Gingrich on Wednesday, including lunch with the Kings Mountain GOP at the Cherokee Street Tavern in Kings Mountain, and a visit to Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy in Mooresboro.

Gingrich is expected to continue his tour of North Carolina tomorrow and Friday, speaking to several GOP organizations and visiting attractions like the Penske Racing facility in Mooresville and the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro.  

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University is home to over 4,300 students from 37 states and 21 foreign countries.