The Poland Community Baseball Association hit a record for its annual “Tag Day” held May 21. Kids in the the minor and little leagues went door to door and ended up collecting $2,700.
“We would like to thank the community for their generous donation and support of the PCBA,” said PCBA Trustee Bruno Romeo.
He also thanked the Poland Friendly’s Restaurant that donated the containers used in the collection.
Romeo said the collected funds will go towards the PCBA’s junior umpire development. He said the program uses high school boys and girls who want to earn a little summer spending money by umpiring games.
“They are trained and then assigned games to umpire, for which they are paid,” Romeo said.
The PCBA has been in existence since 1952. It is a non-profit organization that runs Poland’s community baseball program that includes t-ball, pee wee, minor league, Little League, PONY league and the Colt league. In recent years, the non-profit baseball organization has seen over 450 kids signing to play ball on fields at Dobbins and North elementary schools.
Besides the Tag Day event, the PCBA also has fundraisers that include NSA Softball tournament, Casino Night, and the Matt Hardy golf outing to benefit four Poland High School seniors. The golf outing this year is scheduled for July 30 at Knoll Run.
Romeo said the fundraisers are crucial to help the association operate the baseball program in Poland. He estimates the annual costs of putting on a successful season at around $30,000 to $40,000.
“All of our profits are put back into the community for field maintenance, balls, equipment, uniforms, umpires, barn rental and to provide the four scholarships each year,” Romeo said.
It also includes field upgrades. For this season, the PONY League field and field 2 at North Elementary were upgraded with a clay mix infield surface. It included a survey that ensured the playing area was even and the bases and pitcher’s mound were properly aligned.
For the future, Romeo said the intent is to upgrade the minor league field at Dobbins and the Little League field (Sully Field) with the clay mix infield and survey.