The Vermont Baseball Coaches Association is combining efforts with several cancer-related charities with a statewide fundraiser, ‘Strike Out Cancer Vermont,’ that is underway at high school baseball games this month.
In addition to raising funds, VBCA member schools are using these games to raise awareness in the fight against the deadly disease. The Vermont Baseball Umpires Association is a proud supporter of the event with umpires throughout the state wearing pink gear.
‘Strike Out Cancer Vermont’ opened in East Montpelier earlier this month with U-32 raising over $500 for the American Cancer Society.
Other organizations in addition to the American Cancer Society that VBCA members are raising funds in support of the battle against cancer research are the Vermont Cancer Center in Burlington, the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, the national St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research and the SVHC Foundation (Southwestern Vermont Health Care) in Bennington.
For more information, please contact Bruce Bosley, VBCA executive director, at email@example.com.
Dry season for BHS
Two years ago, Burlington had more games than outdoor practices, forced indoors for much of a water-logged season.
From a weather perspective, the sun has shined on the Seahorses this spring. Between the last week of March and Wednesday, all of the Seahorses’ practices were held outside.
“It’s been amazing how much stuff we’ve been able to accomplish,” BHS coach Marcel Girouard said. “It’s important to get live practices.
The Seahorses, who are batting .270 as a team, moved to 4-7 after Thursday’s 3-0 win over Spaulding.
BFA overcoming woes?
Prior to Thursday’s 8-0 win at South Burlington, the Bobwhites were in a funk. One of the Division I favorites entering the season, the Bobwhites’ fielding errors contributed to three of the team’s four losses.
“If hitting can be contagious, I can tell you something else that can be contagious,” said BFA coach Geoff Murray of his team’s defense. “We’ve had eight errors in each game in three of the losses.”
Thursday’s win might serve as a turning point for the Bobwhites, who graduated only four players from last year’s D-I finalist squad.
“We know what we have to do. We are pretty athletic team and we aren’t hitting the panic button — we understand what we have to do,” Murray said.