Salvation Army raising funds for needy families with home run derby at King Park

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Arkansas High's Braylon Bishop will be among the competitors at Saturday's Salvation Army fund raiser at King Park in Wake Village.

 

Two players from six Texarkana and area high schools will compete Saturday in the Salvation Army Home Run Derby at King Park (Field No. 1) in Wake Village.

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The competition begins at 11 a.m., with semifinals and the championship rounds to follow. This event will not have spectators, but will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Texarkana Radio (97.1 FM and 1400 AM). Besides giving senior athletes an opportunity to perform one last time on the diamond in 2020, donations to the Salvation Army will be accepted to help needy families who may be out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic.

King Park site for fund raiser

Individuals can drive through the parking lot, and make a tax-free donation.

Schools participating in the event are Texas High, Arkansas High, Pleasant Grove, Liberty-Eylau, Atlanta and Redwater.

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Pleasant Grove graduate Jackson Cobb one of the favorites in the Salvation Army Home Run Derby.

Representing the Tigers will be Aaron Price and Michael Sikorski. Braylon Bishop and Jackson Harris will participate for the Razorbacks. Jackson Cobb and Ben Harmon for the Hawks, and Ethan Brooks and Coby Brooks for the Leopards. Seniors Preston Davis and Silas Cowdell will be on hand for the Dragons. Atlanta’s two participants are seniors Max Ebarb and Kade Wood.

Baseballs will be flying out of small field

Each batter will get to swing at 15 pitches, with three outs. It’s an out if it’s not a home run. The baseballs should be flying out of the part. This particular King Park field is 245 feet down the lines and 260 feet to center.

Jackson is a University of Arkansas signee, while Bishop has committed to play for the Razorbacks.

Sponsors are Texarkana Tractor, Cass County Equipment, Brad Moore at Farmers Bank, and the Texarkana Emergency Center.

Fox Sports Texarkana Radio President and General Manager Bob Delgiorno came up with the idea of featuring seniors, while raising money for the Salvation Army. He will match the first $100 check donated Saturday.