Digital Harbor baseball gives back to community

March 22, 2012|By Sandra McKee | The Baltimore Sun

The Digital Harbor baseball team is participating in the President's Cup tournament between public and private Baltimore City schools that begins March 31. Members of the team will be participating in a community service project set up by the tournament's organizers that is designed to foster friendships off the field.

But the Digital Harbor players are doing more than that. The Rams' new coach, Denis Hill, said his players are also holding open baseball clinics on Saturdays for any child who wants to come.

"It's an hour-long clinic and it's run by the players," Hill said. "We've done a little of it in the past, but we're doing more with it this season. It's completely free to kids, and following the clinic we run a team practice so the younger kids get to see our boys work in a disciplined way."

On Saturday, Digital Harbor players will be working with other players who are competing in the President's Cup, helping to clean up five ball fields at Forest Park and Joseph Lee Park.

"I think the President's Cup program is good for sportsmanship," Hill said. "It encourages kids to work together and then compete on the field."

Hill won't have any trouble firing up his players. They want to win their first game against the Maryland Academy for Technology and Health Sciences (MATHS) so they can move on and eventually face a private school team.

"It's good to get out and make a name for ourselves," said Eli Winston, Digital's junior center fielder. "I think they [the private schools] think they can walk all over us. And we want to have an opportunity to prove them wrong."

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