WINCHESTER – The village’s Lions Club has recommitted its efforts to ensure minor ball continues to be an option for youngsters in the township.

This time the organization came through with a $2,500 donation for the Winchester Sox Association.

“This great contribution is helping us a lot,” Jeremy Geurts, association president, said.

Taking part in the Winchester Lions Club’s $2,500 donation to the Winchester Sox Association were coaches Josh La Russa (back, second from left), Steve Jones, Tylor Copeland and Jeremy Geurts, and club members Shawn Doolan (left) and Doug Padbury (right), along with members of the Minor Sox. Press Photo – Uhrig

Namely, the recent financial windfall will help the association manage a $1,500 debt incurred after purchasing more than $2,000 is mandatory new bats (as part of a little league rule change), as well as team equipment purchases.

The funds will also help the league replace the bases at Sox and Legion Fields, and upgrade the equipment for three or four teams. There are also plans to improve the association’s storage shed and maintenance needs.

“This also helps keep us from having to increase registration costs to help our [playing] families as well,” Geurts said. “Our teams have been doing very well and improving lots, and our association keeps growing each years, too, with more players.”