MUSKEGON COUNTY, MICH. - Muskegon Heights is looking to build on the success of its youth baseball program, which started last year.
That effort is getting a boost from another program on the other side of Muskegon County.
Ravenna recently received a donation to improve the youth baseball fields in the village and pay for new equipment for the players. Managers of the teams did not have space for the old gear that is still in good condition.
Cara McMahon the Ravenna Summer Recreation President says, "It was still useful and good and we were not sure what to do with it."
The players and parents started looking for area teams that needed gear.
Teresa Wingard, the Summer Rec. Treasurer, adds, "We had a gentleman who said he knew who could use it and it kind of snowballed from there."
He directed them and the gear 15 miles to the west to Muskegon Heights. The fledgling program in Muskegon Heights needed equipment to help it grow.
Erran Briggs, one of the youth coaches in Muskegon Heights, says the gear will help them double the number of teams they can offer and the players won't have to share equipment like last year. He adds, "This year is going to be wonderful, going to double it up this year planning for eight teams, we ordered jerseys for eight teams, this extra equipment right here is going to be wonderful for the kids."
Players in Muskegon Heights like Tomaurie Hutchrson say the new equipment will help them reach goals they have set for on the diamond, "I want to be a great pitcher this year."
Ravenna player Nick McMahon says the donation allowed them to have a lot of equipment allowing them to help other communities. He hopes, "That little girls and boys can use it and have fun, just like we do."
McMahon says she hopes it helps them develop a love of the sport.
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