Sunday, Sept. 20 was a day the WolfPack baseball team spent doing exactly what they like to do best: playing a lot of baseball. A normal CCBC baseball game is 7 innings long and takes anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to complete. The game that the WolfPack played on Sunday was substantially longer. Starting at 9 a.m. and finishing just after 4 p.m., the 100 Innings Fundraiser is a marathon that the WolfPack undertake each and every year in the hopes of raising money to go on their annual February trip to Arizona.
The team invites members of the business and baseball communities to come out to the field and pledge anywhere from $25 to $500. The money can either go to an individual member of the team or to the team in general to be dispersed amongst the players. Each player is expected to raise $800 to attend the 10-day-long trip, during which they will play games against community college and college teams from Arizona.
WolfPack assistant coach Alex Reid spoke about how some players find it difficult to raise the funds required. “For players from Kamloops it’s easier, but there are some guys who don’t have the connections [in the Kamloops business community] who have struggled with it.” The game is just one of many fundraisers that the team puts on throughout the year and Reid says that “Most of the actual fundraising is done closer to [the trip to] Arizona, this is more just to create connections between the players and people who are considering donating.”
The family-friendly atmosphere down at the park was the perfect spot to do that kind of connecting as the WolfPack team split up into two squads and played with members of the Kamloops Minor Baseball Association, people from TRU and other members of the close-knit Kamloops baseball community. The turnout of about 40 or 50 people was “about what we usually get,” according to Reid. For the 22 new players suiting up for TRU this year it was a crash course in just how integrated the team is in the community as the players spent seven hours hanging out with young ball players who one day hope to be pulling on the white and orange jerseys of TRU baseball.