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Crater pair exchange nuptials at home plate

CENTRAL POINT -- For the past several years, Anhorn Field has been like a second home to Crater High assistant coach John Wiege and fiance Ivy Pigott.

On Saturday, the pair exchanged vows at home plate.

Minutes after the Comets swept a doubleheader from North Medford, the Crater players formed an arch with their bats and the ceremony was on.

When we told the players we planned to get married in May they said we had to wait because it was baseball season, Pigott, 43, said. I said, hey, we'll just get married on the ballfield. I was just kidding, but one thing led to another and here we are.

But this is perfect. I can't think of a better spot to have a wedding.

Wiege, 48, has been an assistant coach for the past eight years, while Pigott has turned into a mother figure for many of the Crater players.

These are the sons I never had, said Pigott, who has two daughters.

Wiege has known Pigott's brother, Jim Bittle, for years but didn't get to know his bride-to-be until they became neighbors in Central Point.

Bittle gave away his sister Saturday; their father, Lou, died four years ago.

John didn't ask me out until he called my brother, Pigott said. I guess he thought he needed his permission.

For the nuptials, Pigott wore a formal green dress, Wiege a suit.

The pair plan to spend a short honeymoon in Brookings, then return home so Wiege can return to coaching. Saturday's sweep clinched a trip to the state playoffs for the Comets.

The Wieges didn't get much in the way of wedding gifts, but they asked for only two: a pair of wins over North Medford.