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Ralston Baseball raises funds to keep lights on for night games

Posted at 3:32 PM, May 29, 2020

RALSTON, Neb. (KMTV) -- — A big effort to keep the lights on when youth sports starts up again next week is underway in Ralston.

Coaches, parents, and players are raising money to help turn the field lights on for night games this summer.

The City of Ralston usually pays for it, but they had to cut it because of lost revenue from the COVID pandemic.

They’re still be able to play day games. The Ralston Area Baseball Association (RABA) felt they’d lose a lot of extra games so they decided to start a fundraiser. So far they’ve raised almost the $6,000 goal through a Facebook fundraiser and private donations.

“Since it’s a shortened season it would be really nice to get a lot of games in,” said 12-year-old Torsten Fries, on the 12U Ralston Rams. “It’s kind of frustrating but at the same time you have to realize that it’s what it is and you have to deal with it.”

The lights will be turned on at all Ralston fields for all ages of play.

The baseball fields will open for practice on June 3.

RABA says any more money they raise will help go to COVID related safe guards like sanitizing equipment and dugouts. For more information or to donate visit the Ralston Area Baseball Association Facebook Page.