CoulOak All-Stars benefit cancer research

by Aaron Garcia

Young participants line up for the CoulOak Baseball Home Run Derby on June 4. Aaron Garcia/MIM photo

On June 4 at Shuffletown Park, the CoulOak Little League celebrated its All-Stars Day and Coach’s Game. The event included four all-star contests in the league’s four divisions: Tee Ball; Machine-Pitch; Minor League and Major League.

New to this year’s festivities was the CoulOak Baseball Home Run Derby, which was open to participants 5 years and older.

Participants paid $5 for 10 balls, and all of the proceeds benefitted cancer research in honor of Gina Rawls and Tricia Shaw, whose sons – Langdon Rawls and Dalton Shaw – played on this year’s West Mecklenburg High School baseball team.

According to event organizer Susan Hollar, more than 200 people participated in the home run derby, which raised more than $1,100 for cancer research.

“Dalton and Langdon both came up through (the) CoulOak (program), so when we read (about what the families were going through), we said that as an organization, we wanted to contribute to that cause,” Hollar said.

“There was a big tie there between the families and the Little League.”

Winners of the event included Davis Hollar (5-year-old division), Jordan Brooks (6), Blake Hollar (7), Jacob Brooks (8), Brock Wilken (9), Tyler Barnes (10), Alex Huffstickler (11), Trent Durham (12), Chris Cox (13), Adam Hutson (15), Jamil Campbell (16) and Kris Gresham (17 and older).

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