Old-timers play ball for kids

Islanders play in the Stars and Strikes Old Timers
Islanders play in the Stars and Strikes Old Timers' Baseball Game in 2010. The tradition continues on July 4.
— image credit: Karin Lehotsky photo

One need not search for a cornfield in Iowa to see old-timers play ball. Bainbridge Island has its own game going on.

The ninth annual Stars and Strikes Old Timers’ Baseball Game will once again kick up dust at Bainbridge High School at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 4.

“It’s an island tradition,” said Karin Lehotsky, organizer of the game.

“It’s fun to come out and watch your friends and neighbors playing a fun, spirited game of ball,” she said.

Bainbridge Bakers will be on the field as well, starting at 8 a.m., providing a morning bite to eat.

Tickets are $5. The game serves as a fundraiser for island causes. In the past, it has supported the Helpline House or the Little League. This year, the money raised through tickets will support the Spartan Select baseball team for  13- and 14-year-old players.

The game will be over in time for the Grand Old Fourth of July Parade.

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