“Take me out to the ball game…”

School is out and the regular baseball season is wrapping up, but for some of the local youth, it continues. The Orange Youth Baseball and Softball League is gearing up the All-Star Tournaments.

The regular season for the baseball teams started on March 19. Through each game, the coaches were keeping track of their best players. Towards the end of the season, the coaches and OYBS board members got together to vote on which players should make the First and Second All Star Teams and they voted on six alternates for each league.

The OYBS has four softball leagues and five baseball leagues. Each league is made up of several teams (number of teams vary for each league). At the end of the season, the First and Second All Star Teams are announced as well as the six alternates.

“Everything for the All-Star [teams are] funded through the parents,” Rick Compton said.

Compton is the head coach for the Shetland First All Star Team and the vice president for the Shetland league.

“The league gives us $250 and the rest we have to come up with,” Compton said. “I think it’s a good idea to give [the All Star players] helmets, all matching bat bags embroidered with their names on it, and I was to even try to do cleats.”

Each team will also need new uniforms. All in all, it will take about $2,000 per team to make all of this happen.

“Any donation is going to help,” Compton said. “It’s just a big deal for these kids. If it weren’t for the sponsors and donations, we wouldn’t where we’re at today.”

Compton said that the Shetland First All Star Team has already received some donations, but more are needed. But its not just the Shetland teams that are in need. All of the OYBS All Star Teams, which have to do their own fundraising, are in need of donations.

The players and parents for the Shetland First All Star Team spent four hours yesterday trying to raise money by selling Little Caesar’s Pizza at the intersection of Hwy. 105 and Hwy 62. When all of the figures are added up, Little Caesar’s will donate a percentage of the each pizza sold by the Shetland First All Star Team.

The Shetland First All Star Team will travel to Sour Lake on June 18 to play in their first tournament, which is a two-game elimination.

Those wishing to make a donation to the Shetland First All Star Team can contact Rick or Crystal Compton at 330-1467 or 330-1744.

Those wishing to make a donation to any of the other All Star Teams should contact the OYBS President, Steve Pesek, at 883-6918 or 313-7917.

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