Charity baseball game raises $16,000 for Cancer Care 0
In another classic game at Republic Park, McCain and Simplot did battle on the baseball field as Simplot ended up winning 37-31, but there were no losers in this game.
The charity baseball game raised $16,000 for Central Plains Cancer Care, which received a lot of support from both teams and the community for one of their biggest fundraisers of the year.
Daisy Dowhy, program co-ordinator with Central Plains Cancer Care, said that the turnout was fantastic and the fun event helped to raise some important funds in the battle against cancer.
"It's our ninth year and we're very grateful because funds are very much needed for the community that we serve," she said. "It's an opportunity to have fun because it's a fun rivalry between these players."
As the game got underway both team pounded the ball and were able to take advantage of the some errors on both sides to score that much more runs. After the game was tied at six, Simplot began to pull away a little bit with some home runs and clutch hitting.
Following taking a 16-9 lead, Simplot made sure to match the amount of runs being scored by McCain. However towards the later innings, McCain began to mount a mini-comeback and managed to tie the game at 22 after the 4th inning.
With the game up the air, Simplot stepped up with some more powerful hitting and big runs that helped them maintain the lead for good in this one.
With another fundraiser in the bag, Dowhy said that there's a lot to look forward to this fall as they look to continue their fundraising push.
"We'll be busy because cancer never stops out there. We've introduced some new programs and services already this year but we can never be complacent because it's always a challenge to keep the dollars up so that we can meet the needs," she said.
"A big thanks to McCain and Simplot and all the people who came out to support the event on a windy day."
Chris Tompkins, manager at Simplot, said the game was for a good cause and the event has helped to raise more than $100,000 for Central Plains Cancer Care.
See more on the story in Monday's paper.