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Tigers preparing fund-raisers

The DHS baseball program will host a pair of fundraising events on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the high school baseball field.

The first event, a baseball camp, is open for boys aged 5 to 12 and will run from 9 a.m. until noon.

“We had great success with it last year,” head coach Ben Ramer said of the camp. “We had 150-something kids out here last year.”

Participants in the camp will each be provided a pizza party lunch, a camp T-shirt, a front-row seat to the ensuing Hit-A-Thon and instruction from the high school players and coaches.

“It was a great experience for us and the kids,” senior Jacob Kerby, who worked with the five- and six-year-old group at the camp in 2008, said. “They seemed to have a great time, and I think we had as much fun as they did.”

Registration cost $25 per camper and is due by Feb. 2. Check-in the day of the camp begins at 8:30 a.m.

The second event of the day will be the team’s annual Hit-A-Thon.

The event, which is scheduled to run from 1 to 3:30 p.m., is regarded as the program’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Leading up to the event, players will seek pledges from individuals throughout the community. Those donating funds will pledge to pay a player a certain amount of money per foot that the athlete hits a baseball.

For instance, if an individual pledged to pay a dime per foot and that player’s best hit traveled 300 feet in the air, the pledger would then pay $30 to the DHS baseball program.

“We try to get (those pledging) to come out on that day too,” Ramer said. “We get a good crowd. It’s almost like a game. The concession stands are open.”

Individuals seeking more information on the event are encouraged to contact Ramer at 488-6677, Mike Randall at 341-1258 or Russ Bedingfield at 341-7945.