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Clare’s marathon baseball game raises funds for program

The Clare baseball program held the 12th annual Guy Russell Marathon baseball game on Saturday, at the Duane MacGregor baseball field Brookwood Athletic Complex.

According to Clare varsity head coach Marc Yenkel, the fundraiser was a success.

“Athletics in general and baseball in particular is important to this community,” Yenkel said. “The support we have received over the years is second to none. I feel very fortunate to live and coach in such a supportive environment.”

The morning started at 9 a.m., with current varsity and junior varsity players playing against each other. They played until 3 p.m., and played a total of 65 innings.

From there, the 25 alumni that showed up concluded the event, playing several innings of their own. A list of the alumni include Bill Zinser, Mark Seibt, Cameron Allen (2010), Derek Winter (2010), Deach Louch (1994) and Jeff Yenkel (2002).

Midway through the event a home run derby was held, with hopeful home run kings hitting balls sold by players for $10 apiece prior to the event. Erik Hasenfratz hitting the longest ball of the day, off the 333 foot marker in left field, off a ball that belonged to Tom Knuse. Knuse, according to Yenkel, donated the winnings back to the program.