The Baseball Tomorrow Fund recently awarded more than $17,000 to the Central Omaha Legion Baseball Association.
The NCAA and College World Series of Omaha, Inc. previously awarded the same organization a grant in the amount of $9,500. The grants will provide funding for a new batting cage, which is expected to increase participation in the youth baseball and softball programs.
Programs include Omaha Central’s spring and summer programs, the local Boys & Girls Club and Little League organizations.
CWS Inc., is the nonprofit local organizing committee for the College World Series. The group started its charitable contributions program in 1972 and has donated more than $3.8 million to area baseball and softball programs.
“Our partnership with the NCAA has helped CWS Inc., continue its long-standing tradition of community involvement,” CWS Inc. chairman Jack Diesing Jr. said. “(We are) dedicated to organizations that use amateur athletics to promote teamwork and sportsmanship to Omaha area’s youth.”
Eagles baseball coach Jerry Kreber said he was thankful for the donations.
“Central Omaha Legion Baseball Association is thrilled and honored to be awarded these two grants to complete construction of a batting cage,” he said. “By investing in Omaha, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and the College World Series will positively impact hundreds of north Omaha kids in the years to come.”
Jewell game June 29
The annual Jayson Jewell memorial game will be played at 1 p.m. on June 29 at Omaha Creighton Prep.
The game is played in honor of Jewell, a former Junior Jay who was killed in a 2006 traffic accident. P.I. Midwest’s opponent again will be the Legion squad from Omaha Gross (DiGiorgio’s).
Each summer since the accident, the Prep baseball program has honored one of its seniors with the Jewell Memorial Award. Coach Pat Mooney said that Jayson’s traits of determination, leadership and inspiration are instrumental in picking the award winner. Past winners usually attend the game, and both teams wear jerseys bearing Jewell’s No. 9.
Senior Legion coaches are asked to submit midseason statistics by Wednesday. They may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 402-444-1238.
Getting it done
Some recent performances from the Legion season:
>> Nate Fisher, Platte Valley: Had a no-hitter and struck out 13 in a win against the Four Aces Eagles.
>> Tommy West, Fairway Asset Mustangs: Struck out 10 in beating North Platte.
>> Zach Knicky, DiGiorgio’s: Homered in a 5-1 win against Sioux Falls as the team from Gross finished the tourney 4-0.
>> Christian Kennedy, Gretna Post 216: Picked up the victory over host Crete in the final of the Thom Stallard tournament.
>> David Foley, 52s Patriots: Went 4 for 4 in a win against Millard Sox Black.
>> Ryan Cate, T. Hurt Construction: Had three doubles in a victory against Clackamas (Ore.).
>> Matt Safranek, Papillion Pinnacle Bank: Had two doubles and a home run in a win over the Omaha Bryan Bears Post 339.
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