Center Grove Little League Hits Home Run For Henryville

Baseball Team Helps Young Tornado Survivors

The Center Grove Little League team is reaching out to help young tornado survivors in Henryville get back on the baseball diamond.

More than 200 children are registered for the Henryville Little League. The teams were scheduled to begin playing in April, but they lost their equipment in last week’s storm.

The Center Grove Little League said when they saw how the storm wiped out the Henryville community, they came up with the idea to pitch in to help out their fellow baseball lovers in southern Indiana, RTV6's Ericka Flye reported.

“It was one of the first things that came to my mind. I’m a baseball guy. I eat, drink and sleep baseball,” coach Mike Chitwood said.

“Nothing makes any more sense than to have a kid smile, especially with what they're going through,” coach Ron Wentland said.

Henryville Little League officials said their baseball facility was not damaged in the storm, but most of their equipment was destroyed.

“You can't play baseball without baseball equipment, and that's where we're going to come in,” Wentland said.

Members of the Center Grove Little League are asking the Indianapolis community to help them with their Homerun for Henryville efforts to donate mitts, bats, catcher’s equipment and helmets.

“We'll take anything we can get from anybody to make those kids happy,” Wentland said.

Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17 at the Honey Creek Center Grove Little League. The league plans to load up the donations and drive the equipment down to Henryville on March 24.

“They will use baseball as part of the healing process. It’s a great way to bring a community together,” Chitwood said.

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