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Suns pitch in for Adenhart fund

September 16, 2009

Nick Adenhart's name and memory can still drive fans to support youth baseball.

The Hagerstown Suns did their part to help with an autographed ball drawing during the season, which raised more than $3,400 for the Nick Adenhart Memorial Fund.

The Suns announced they collected $3,413 for the fund with a drawing using hundreds of autographed balls donated by players with the Suns and 17 major league teams, including the Washington Nationals, the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Angels, who Adenhart played for.

The drawing began on Aug. 1 with fans receiving a numbered ticket for a minimum donation of $10. Each ticket corresponded with a number of one of the 370 balls in the drawing.

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"The success of our fundraising campaign here at the ballpark resulted from the generosity of both the baseball community and Nick Adenhart's hometown community here in Washington County," said Bob Flannery, Suns president and general manager. "The Hagerstown Suns are proud to say that we could not have done it without either of them."

The memorial fund was established by Adenhart's parents to raise money for struggling Little League teams nationwide.

Adenhart grew up in the Hagerstown area and played on a Little League team in nearby Halfway.

The 22-year-old pitcher and two others were killed in April when their car was hit by a driver who was allegedly drunk when his minivan ran a red light in Fullerton, Ca.

The minivan driver, Andrew Gallo, has been charged with three-counts of second-degree murder.

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