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Little Leaguers step up to plate to help family

By Seth Leonard
sleonard@salisburypost.com
The Rowan County Little League is doing what it can to alleviate the recently short supply of good news.
The home of Mike Williams burned down this year, adding to the already substantial burden of an uncertain employment future.
Williams’ son, Dagan, is a member of the league and lost nearly all of his possessions, including his baseball equipment.
According to league president Jeff Bernhardt, league affiliate Dan Wales wanted to help. Through the use of donation jars at games, Wales managed to raise around $300, which the league agreed to match.
Dagan received new batting gloves, a fielder’s glove and other equipment. People from other leagues who were present at games were also happy to help.
“It’s like a family,” Bernhardt said of the local leagues. “All these kids out there know each other. It was good to see the good in everybody for a change.”
Bernhardt said Little League is important because of the sense of community it can create. He’s quite dedicated: He had to ask for special dispensation in order to leave work early most days to get to town for games.

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