While the Susquehannock baseball team is contending for a YAIAA title, its "Warriors for Warriors" project off the field raised about $3,500 for the second straight year.
Coach Tim Hare said the idea came two years ago. He wanted to start an endeavor with his players that would perform a community service. Players submitted ideas before ultimately agreeing on one to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
"I wanted us to get involved in something that was bigger than ourselves," said Hare, a 1995 Susquehannock graduate, whose brother, Andrew, served with the Marines.
Hare said his younger brother, a 2000 Susquehannock grad, was not injured in service but knew several veterans who were hurt.
Last spring, during Susquehannock's first endeavor with the Wounded Warrior Project, the baseball team raised more than $3,500, Hare said. This year, the total was about $3,400 after efforts that included raffling off an autographed photo of Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. The team held a car wash Sunday before the players were given camouflage hats, which were worn Monday during a 6-0 win against Littlestown.
"We used that game as our culminating activity," Hare said. "We tried to do something for the guys."
The Warriors (12-1, 10-0) currently lead Eastern York (10-5, 7-3) by three games with four to play in the YAIAA Division III standings. They visit the Golden Knights on Friday.