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Youth baseball programs benefit from 'Omaha Potholes' game

Posted: 10:34 PM, Jun 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-05 23:34:10-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — In April, the Omaha Storm Chasers became the Omaha Potholes for one night. What started as an April Fools Joke turned into a way to help kids affected by the massive flooding this spring.

After the flood, conditions on four baseball diamonds out in Valley is a little rough.

Playing gear had to be thrown out and concession stand equipment needs to be replaced.

"100 percent of the equipment that had any contact with the food water we got rid of because we didn't want to run the chance of kids coming down with sickness due to the flood waters," Bill Koile, DC West Youth Sports Organization president said.

Home games for the teams and even tournaments were cancelled. It's costing them more than just playing time.

"For us to lose that it was a major source of income loss we lose all our concession stand income we lose our gate fees for any tournaments, we had to cancel tournaments," Koile said.

Money from the Omaha Potholes games will help offset some of the repair costs.

"The Potholes made us feel like there was a light at the end of the tunnel to do some of the improvements that we want," Koile said.

Teams were given clearance to practice on the fields.

There's a very small possibility some home games could be played toward the end of the season.