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Ryker Fox pitches in Saturday's game between the St. Joseph Mustangs and the Mustangs Alumni team at Phil Welch Stadium.

A byproduct of Saturday night's Mustangs vs. Mustangs Alumni game continues to be the support of the Erin Hook FCA Scholarship Fund.

Though the Alumni fell to 0-2 vs. the Mustangs, the veterans wore purple jerseys for the second straight year and the jerseys were then auctioned off with proceeds going toward Hook's Scholarship Fund.

There were nearly 30 former Mustangs that came back to play in the game and donned the jerseys with the phrase Hook often used -- 'Live with a purpose' -- on the back of the jersey where the last name usually goes.

Many of those who came back to play had ties to either Erin, who worked as an intern for the Mustangs from 2009 to 2013, or to her brother, Ryan, who played on the very first Mustangs team. Ryan Hook led off for the Mustangs Alumni team and played right field in Saturday's game.

And not to mention, Ron and Robin Hook -- their parents -- had been season-ticket holders with seats right behind home plate since the collegiate summer team started. 

"It is the connection we have that is really special," Mustangs manager Matt Johnson said. 

Said Alumni slugger Kris Koerper, "It is a huge honor to play in a game where we honor her and show how important she is."

Before and after the game, a group of more than two dozen ex-Mustangs joined together. Johnson spent more than two hours throwing batting practice to all of his former players.

A family reunion-like atmosphere ensued that saw players from all over the country make a return trip to St. Joseph. Stanten Jones got a few days off from his job working with the Chicago White Sox and made the trip from Illinois.

Johnson said others made the trip from Oklahoma and Texas to play. The Koerper brothers -- Kris and Joe -- both loaded up in a car Friday morning in Las Cruces, N.M., and made the 15-hour trip.

"We both wanted to come back and it is like coming home," said Kris, who runs a gym in New Mexico. "We lived out here a couple of summers. This place has always been a huge blessing in our lives."

The brothers, like many others, head back home on Sunday morning.

"It means a lot to me that this many come back," Johnson said.

Cody Thorn can be reached at cody.thorn@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SJNPSports.