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Baseball club collects for hurricane victims


September 27, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

photo BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSSON Marysville Pilots players Jacob Christy, foreground, Petyon Wallace, center and Braden Mcalister bring carts to incoming customers while raising money for victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma on Sept. 20.

Local baseball club the Marysville Pilots helped raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma last week.

On Sept. 19 and 20 members of the club and coaches helped shoppers and gathered donation outside of the Marysville Grocery Outlet.

One hundred percent of the proceeds are going to the Red Cross to help Texas and Florida residents who were impacted by the two recent major hurricanes.

Pilots coach John Wallace said the idea to help raise money for recent hurricanes came about during a meeting of the coaches a couple of weeks ago, and since then they've been working with the Red Cross.

"We decided to do cash rather than food, because the logistics of material things being given to them is a lot more difficult than money," he said, adding that they are currently inundated with food donations.

Wallace said that the club is about helping kids grow up to be socially conscious adults.

"To know you're helping people you don't even know, maybe thousands of miles away like in this case, it just teaches them to be better neighbors and better people," said Wallace.

Kids also get to know how it feels to help others. "It instills a sense of pride in them that they're doing some constructive," said Wallace. "So they understand the concept of something greater than themselves."

The club also does other fundraisers, for themselves and for others.

Last December they raised more than 500 pounds of food for the Marysville Community Food Bank and they intend to go out and collect food this November and December as well.

Earlier this year the club gathered bats, gloves, balls, hats, shoes and helmets for children in Panama.

"I think it's a really good community outreach that they do," said Cody Christy, a parent of one of the Marysville Pilots.

Christy said it gives kids a "good grounding."

"It teaches the kids the morals and benefits to helping the community and reaching out," he said.

Player Keegan Agen said he likes interacting with the community and "seeing the smiles on the people's faces after they've helped."

Wallace said the baseball club is focused on helping kids improve themselves.

"This is as much about teaching kids to be people as teaching them to play baseball," he said.

"If you raise a child to be productive on a social level, they're going to be productive as an adult," he said.

Agen said he has enjoyed being part of the Marysville Pilots.

"I'm a big fan of the coaching because they've help me progress a lot and made me a better person and a better student and a better player in general," he said.

His younger brother is currently starting with the Pilots as well, and he said he hopes his brother gets the same kind of help.

The Marysville Pilots are a relatively new program that has only been around for a couple of years.

They are a select, tournament club with 50 to 60 members from ages 8 to 13.

Christy said he knew coach Wallace from Little League and was happy to join a new program with Wallace.

"We think they're starting another good organization to teach not only baseball skills but life skills," said Christy.

Wallace hopes that the Pilots and other local select clubs will be able to form a local playing league soon.

"Where we could keep it relatively local and compete against each other to give more playing time," he said.

More information about the Marysville Pilots is available at their website at


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