Donations needed to send Pacific All-Star teams to state

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The city of Walla Walla and Pacific Little League are experiencing a historic event. For the first time in District 5’s history, one league has won the championship in all three age divisions — Pacific Little League earned that honor last week in Clarkston, Wash.

Walla Walla has always had a strong presence in District 5. Over the years, Walla Walla’s two leagues, Valley and Pacific, have sent many teams to the state tournament upon winning the district tournament. However, this past weekend, the 9-10 year-old, 10-11 year old, and 11-12 year old Pacific All-Star teams swept the District 5 tournament in Asotin against the other fine teams of our district, and will represent our city and the entire district at the state tournaments beginning July 13.

All across the world, Little League Baseball, Inc. organizations are promoting, teaching, and coaching the sport of baseball and softball; building skills, confidence and teamwork which are sponsored by community businesses who care about our kids.

Pacific’s three divisions are going to state tournaments in Western Washington. The Little League division team (11-12) is going to Luke Jensen Sports Park for tournament play beginning July 13th. The 10-11 year old team is going to Gig Harbor on July 20th. The 9/10 year old team is going to Oak Harbor Windjammer Park starting July 13th.

The winner of the Little League state tournament advances to the regional tournament, and the winners there will compete in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., in August against 15 other regional champion teams from places all over the world, including Asia, Africa, Australia and South America.

Each of these local teams will spend up to 10 days representing our valley and our region playing Little League Baseball as the fine athletes they are. The cost of doing so — staying in hotels and eating away — is expensive. We need your help in defraying their expenses. The boys are actively fundraising to pay for their trips and have only a week to do it.

Pacific’s All-Stars will be introduced at the Walla Walla Sweets game at Borleske stadium this evening at 5.

Reserved tickets at the regular price of $9, of which a portion of the cost is donated to these teams, are available from John Zodnick (not the sweets office) at 509-520-8447, or jzodnick@bmi.net. 50/50 raffle tickets will be sold at the game for an additional opportunity to contribute to the teams’ travel funds.

The players are selling Walla Walla Sweet Onions from Walla Walla River Packing & Storage, a 10-pound gift box for only $10. Orders can be placed at 529-6589. Stands will be set up in various downtown locations through the week.

Downtown businesses are being approached by Pacific players for donations of support. Mike Harvey’s Plumbing volunteered to accept your donations at their business on Second Street and will make a contribution also. Rod Fazzari’s KGDC is offering radio advertising, the proceeds of which to go to Pacific Little League All Star teams. Blue Palm is adding their support. Please contact us at the above phone number if you would like to contribute.

Car washes are scheduled for Tuesday at O’Reilly Auto Parts on Ninth Avenue and Thursday at Paragon Auto Sales on the corner of Myra Road and Rose Street. Sweet Onions will be available there as well.

And Thursday all three teams will have an exhibition game as a FUNraiser at the Pacific playing fields on the Veterans’ Administration grounds at 6:30 p.m. Bring your family, come see the kids from all the teams play, and enjoy a hot dog and drink for an evening at the ballpark, and support our kids in their endeavor to represent our valley at state!

“So Kids Can Play” is Pacific’s motto. With your help, Pacific will continue to promote Little League principles of “Courage”, “Character: & “Loyalty” in the youth of the community. Thank you for supporting these kids and our community so enthusiastically!

All pledges or donations must be made by Thursday. In addition to calling, donations can be mailed to Pacific Little League, P.O. Box 96, Walla Walla.

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