In a search for additional funding, the Greater Johnstown High School baseball team has scheduled a Wiffle ball tournament for Sunday at the school’s Doc Stofko Gymnasium.
Trojans coach Kerry Pfeil said the fund-raiser is necessary because its expenses exceed the school district’s baseball budget. Monies raised are to be used to help players cover the costs of equipment and other expenses.
“With the rising costs of baseball equipment and getting the kids the apparel they need, we go out and fund-raise to save the kids from having to ask their parents for money,” Pfeil explained. “The primary reason is for the kids to get their sweatshirts, sweat pants, jackets, practice shorts and tassel caps they need. Anything we raise beyond that will go into the general boosters’ fund.”
If the weather allows, the tournament will be moved to Trojan Stadium. The team plans to make it an annual event.
Although the team has just begun to publicize the event, Pfeil said word has gotten around and the response has been positive.
“We’ve never tried an event like this before,” he said. “But, people are really contributing, and they like the idea of playing competitive Wiffle ball, which has its own set of rules for a smaller-scale diamond.”
The competitors will be Johnstown players, with the Trojans split into teams of at least five players each. The objective of teach team will be to score runs, but each player also will try to accumulate base hits to build a “total base count.” A single would be worth one base, a double two bases, etc. There are to be no walks, hit-by-pitches or similar rules.
The fund-raising is in three forms. A “Trojan pledge” donation of $50 or more is to be rewarded with a team-issued Johnstown High sweatshirt. The “extra bases pledge” asks for donations based on the total number of bases a sponsored player earns during the tournament. There is also a “singles pledge” category in which straight donations can be made to any Greater Johnstown player.
The team has set a Jan. 24 deadline for turning in pledge money. Pfeil said he hopes to raise $4,000.