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Local baseball teams helping communities

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Scott County Central sophomore baseball player Tyler Masters sets up a cot in the American Red Cross community shelter at Scott County Central High School last week. Masters is one of many local athletes that are volunteering their time to help others during the recent flooding.
(Photo by Leonna Heuring, Staff)

SIKESTON -- With the devastation of flooding still running rampant within our area, local baseball teams are doing their part to chip in and help.

The Sikeston Bulldogs, Scott County Central Braves and members of the Charleston Bluejays have all spent time helping their communities.

"Baseball is put on the back burner right now," Sikeston head coach Kevin Self said. "This is life and we need to get out and help in this time of need."

Sikeston was scheduled to play Poplar Bluff on Monday for fifth-place in the SEMO Conference Tournament but poor field conditions led to cancellations and a rescheduling of Saturday in Poplar Bluff.

The Bulldogs are expecting to sandbag houses around the Sikeston area today with help from the sandbagging station at the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo grounds.

Although most of the water danger is expected to hit the hardest in Mississippi and New Madrid County's, especially with the news of activating the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway, Sikeston has also had it's share of flooding problems.

On Monday, a particular Bulldog team member was stuck at his house sandbagging. The team is expected to help another team member today with their sandbagging efforts.

"One of my guys had to stay home because he was sandbagging his house this morning," Self said. "If we would have known, we would have went out and helped but, we're planning on going out tomorrow where ever we can help."

The Scott Central Braves also put in time to prevent further flooding in Vanduser last week where floodwaters have left the town isolated at times.

The entire team, bussed by Superintendent Al McFerren, drove members of the Braves to Vanduser, one of the four communities that primarily fills the Scott Central enrollment, to sandbag and help out fellow teammates and neighbors any way they could.

"We've got a couple of boys that live in Vanduser and they weren't able to get to school or practice or anything," Scott Central coach Matt Limbaugh said. "We took the rest of the team and it was really cool to be able to help out the community that supports us so much."

Scott Central was let out at noon on Monday because of another flood attack on the Vanduser area.

"It's just nuts," said Limbaugh. "I wish we could do more. If they're out of school tomorrow we might go again if we can get a bus down there."

Members of the Charleston Bluejays have helped their parents, grandparents and friends to evacuate the surrounding areas with news of the levee detonation that sits nearby the spillway in Mississippi County.

"We've had some kids that have parents and grandparents in the spillway that have been helping out," Charleston head coach Michael Minner said. "All of the guys have been helping do what they can."

With baseball far from the public's minds in Southeast Missouri at the moment, those same people are hoping baseball, and the normality's of everyday life, can resume quickly.

"If we can get through tonight maybe we can get through everything," Self said. "Everything right now is in God's hands and we'll see what happens."