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Youth baseball players show off new look, learn from pros

By Gerald D'Ambra, Reporter
Published On: Jun 18 2013 02:57:12 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 18 2013 05:01:56 PM CDT

Tuesday was opening day at Gordon Hoodak Stadium in Reading for the RBI League -- Reviving Baseball in the Inner City.

READING, Pa. -

Tuesday was opening day at Gordon Hoodak Stadium in Reading for the RBI League -- Reviving Baseball in the Inner City. 

The players, all from the Olivet Boys and Girls Club, practiced hitting and catching, but they also showed off their skill and creativity by designing their own uniforms and logos.

"The design to each of the teams were done by the kids themselves, along with a marketing group that... the Reading Phillies use," said Jeff Palmer, president and CEO, Olivet Boys and Girls Club.

The new uniforms are the final step of a program called "9 to the Nines," which means nine players dressed "to the nines."

The design company, Brandiose, worked with five local teams to come up with names like the Mulberry Lightning Wolves.

The result was the kids getting new uniforms and the teams getting new names.

"They picked like lots of little details, like cool, wolf, lightning, thunder, and then whichever the kids want or us wanted, lightning they screamed, and wolf they screamed and they put those together," said Randy Guzman, a player for the Mulberry Lightning Wolves.

The players also had coaching sessions with players from the Reading Fightin Phils.

Centerfielder Zach Collier taught the kids how to field line drives.

"I love it. It's a good opportunity for these kids to get out and do something, you know. I think it's great what they're doing for these guys," said Collier.

Following the coaching session, Collier and his team headed back to FirstEnergy Stadium for a double-header and the start of a 7-game home-stand.