Baseball Teams Pitch-In To Help Evansville Fire Victims

By Kayla Moody

Published 07/22 2014 11:55PM

Updated 07/23 2014 12:07AM

Local little league teams set aside their rivalries to help a west side Evansville family who lost their home in a fire early Tuesday morning. Four members of the family were injured, including six-year-old Cameron Barnett.

Cameron was reportedly taken to the intensive care unit for complications from smoke inhalation. Hours before he and his family awoke to flames, he was playing second base for the Golfmoor Lightning Bats. They were going head-to-head with Highland in day one of Highland Baseball Club's Slugfest tournament.

After hearing what happened to the boy and his family, the rival league decided to take donations and sell half pot tickets during all three of Tuesday's tournament games.

"We're all a baseball family so we wanted to do something nice for this family and we thought with the people and the fans that were going to be here tonight we could maybe do that," said Jason Broshear, who organized the last-minute fundraiser.

Before Golfmoor took the field Tuesday, parents and coaches were taxed with explaining the situation to the young baseball players, ages six and under. The team wore number six stickers on their helmets, a visual show of support for the one jersey missing from the field.

"Cameron, he's one of our better kids, you know. He gives it his all, all the time," said Jayson Probst, Golfmoor's coach. "It's a shame what happened between him and his family."

"Just to hear about that this morning was just a real shock and it just makes you stop and think about life," said Jason Witty, whose son plays first base for Golfmoor. "Everybody is feeling it in their hearts for what happened."

For some, baseball may be "just a game." But for families involved with leagues like Highland and Golfmoor, there is a clear bond formed inside the diamond -- between players, parents and coaches.

To help the Barnett family, contact Golfmoor Baseball Association or Highland Baseball Club.

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