The Duncan Banner

May 16, 2013

DYBC going to bat for Wounded Warrior Project

Evan Grice
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — While the youngsters of the Duncan Youth Baseball Club sported pink in support of breast cancer awareness last year during the Wood batting for a cause tournament, this year’s theme will have a more patriotic feel.

Starting today the 2013 Wood batting for a cause tournament will kick off from Abe Raizen Park, with all proceeds going to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

In association with the theme, teams will be sporting camo and other patriotic themed jerseys, along with using red and blue wooden bats for the duration of play.

“We just decided that we would do a theme every year associated with a cause, and the Wounded Warrior Project is a great cause,” DYBC Director Jack Gregston said. In total we’ll have about 30 teams which is great to see. We’ve been full for all of our tournaments this season.”

There will be five separate divisions of tournament play going on, with T-ball along with 8 and under machine pitch.

In addition there will also be a 10, 12 and 14 and under tournament with teams from all over Stephens County, Southwest Oklahoma and Oklahoma City taking part in the weekend event.

“It makes for a much different environment having teams from different areas come and play in these tournaments,” Gregston said. “Our kids are getting to see some very good competition, and at the same time have fun in the process which makes it better for everyone involved.”

This season for the DYBC has been one of the best in recent memory, with a total of 48 teams taking part in all divisions.

“We’ve had a lot of teams involved this year,” Gregston said. “This is the most I’ve seen since I took charge of this operation. A big boost was being able to have a 14 and under division, because it’s been hard for some reason to get that going in recent years. We were able to get a few teams together and it’s really helped the league.”

Tournament play will continue all day Saturday, with the championship games scheduled for Sunday with all games taking place at Abe Raizen Park.