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Rascals to hold fundraiser Saturday

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Bloomfield Rascals baseball team will be hosting a fundraiser Saturday to help support the team in its second year.

The team and staff will be serving breakfast for $5 at the Bloomfield American Legion, located at 125 S. Washington St., from 6 to 11 a.m.

The all-you-can-eat menu will include pancakes, biscuits and gravy, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice.

The money raised will help the team purchase equipment, uniforms, travel bags and tournament entry expenses.

Rascals 8 and under coach Shawn Hall said the traveling baseball team is trying to prepare for its second year of tournament scheduling. The team will also be scheduling a tournament in Bloomfield for the second year as well.

"This (fundraiser) is helping with those start-up costs," Hall noted.

The team will be working even harder to raise money this year, Hall said, because last year's success has enabled the team to expand.

"We've got several invites to several big tournaments because of the way the boys played last year. This time last year we were searching for places to play for our first year, and now people are calling us," Hall said. "We made a lot of connections. We are all very pleased with the boys. They have done a tremendous job."

Between March and August of last year, the 7U team played about 55 games and the 9U team played 40 games.

"They didn't want to quit. In August they were asking us when the next practice was going to be," Hall said.

In total, the teams won a total of 27 games throughout the season. The Rascals also came in second place during the tournament they hosted in Bloomfield.

Hall said fundraising efforts and donations for the kickoff season were able to almost completely fund the season.

"Almost everything was fully funded. The parents barely had to pay anything," Hall said.

In 2012, the team started with 13 boys between the 7 and under and the 9 and under baseball teams.

This year, the Rascals will consist of an 8U team, coached by Hall and Andy Carson; a 9U team coached by John Danzant and Michael Hays; and a 10U team coached by Shane Evans and Jason Pegg.

"The 8U team picked up two kids, the 9U team picked up 10 kids and the 10U team picked up three kids," Hall noted. "This is because of last year's success and we had so many kids interested in playing."

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