The Charleston RiverDogs will be honoring a pair of champions this week.
South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner will be honored tonight prior to the start of the Charleston RiverDogs game against the Greenville Drive at Riley Park.
Tanner, whose USC team won the 2010 College World Series championship, will be recognized by Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. with a proclamation prior to the start of the 7 p.m. game, and Tanner will then throw the ceremonial first pitch to one of his former players, RiverDogs left fielder DeAngelo Mack.
The Charleston Battery, winners of the USL Second Division Championship, will be honored before the RiverDogs' 7 p.m. game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Friday night at Riley Park.
The Battery defeated the Richmond Kickers, 2-1, this past weekend to capture the club's third USL title. The Battery won the USL Pro League title in 1996 and the A-League crown in 2003.
Ian Fuller, who had an assist and scored the eventual game-winning goal Saturday while collecting game co-MVP honors, will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Players will also bring the championship trophy.
"We are eager to help our friends at the Charleston Battery celebrate their championship," said RiverDogs general manager Dave Echols. "Championships on the professional level are a rarity in Charleston, and we feel that this recognition for the Battery and their accomplishments is both deserving and appropriate. "