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Rector, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

The Price of Victory: Region 8 Little League Team to Raise $10k For World Series Trip

July 26, 2007 - Posted at 10:42 p.m. CDT

RECTOR, AR -- Winning the state championship is any baseball player's dream, but for 11 Region 8 teens, it became a reality last week. 

The Tri-City all stars will be headed to the World Series championship tournament in Junction City, Colorado next Wednesday...it's a big honor that comes with a big price tag.

"We kind of have set a goal of between gas, hotel, and food while we are there, we can expect about $1,000 per child and we have 11 members on the team," said parent Karen Coomer.

It will take more than $10,000 dollars to send this group of all stars to the game of a lifetime.

"It gives us a chance to go to other states and get looked at by other people then the surrounding area," said Rector player Mason Knight.

"It's a great honor and privilege and there is only one team from Arkansas that gets to go and we are the team," said team manager Billy Joe Seal.

But it will take a little hard work...off the field.

"We've been in the square in Piggott and sold lemonade and sweet tea and we've washed windows and we're selling Boston butts," said Piggott player Colby Lovelace, "We are also just going around asking for donations."

So far, the boys and their parents have raised around $5,000 and are hoping they will meet their goal before next Wednesday.

"The community has shown a lot of support and the parents, if it wasn't for them none of this would be possible at all," said Seal.

"We will just do what we have to do, but we are going. The kids have earned the right to go and it's a big deal to do that so we will not disappoint them," said Coomer.

The Tri-City All Stars will be holding another fundraiser Friday evening and Saturday to help raise money for their trip. A home run derby will be held at 6:00 Friday night and at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning at the Rector Park.          

They will also be running a radar gun booth to test your pitching speed.  The team will be selling Boston Butts cooked by the Clay County Sheriff's Department and chances on several raffles.

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