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Washington County baseball and softball teams raised money and food for the Washington County Food Bank in a friendly competition to get to spend the day with the Cincinnati Reds.

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Gapper, the Cincinnati Reds mascot, clowns around with the Eastern baseball team.
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Part of the EHS Baseball team gearing up for a visit from the Reds.
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Posing for a picture with the Eastern High School Baseball team is WSLM Owner and General Manager Becky White and the Weather Bird.
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Eastern High School Baseball Coach Jeff Pennington and players donated 267 items of food for the Washington County Food Bank.

The contest was sponsored by WSLM, a radio affiliate of the Reds Radio Network.

“I wanted to allow a group of our youth to spend some time with their professional peers,” said Becky White, WSLM owner and general manager. “While at the same time allowing them to learn to raise awareness for others who are less fortunate. Raising money and awareness of the food bank is always in demand.”

White contacted the athletic directors and coaches of Eastern, Salem and West Washington Baseball and Softball teams.

After the count was in, EHS Baseball Coach Jeff Pennington reported in that his group had collected 267 cans of food. Jennifer Morris and the Salem Lady Lions collected 244 cans. The Eastern softball team collected 77 items and the Salem Lions baseball team brought in a check for $50.