Mayflower Vs Vilonia Baseball Game for Tornado Relief

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR (KARK) - The home of the Arkansas Travelers hosted the high school baseball teams from Vilonia and Mayflower on Tuesday night.

The two teams played in front of thousands of people.  The game was only an exhibition and the goal was to bring in money for relief efforts in each town.  Last month an EF-4 tornado ripped through both cities.  

The moment to play on a pro field in front of so many people was special for these players. 

"It's just a loss of words, you just look up and see people that you don't know that care for you, it kind of touches you," said Ty Johnson from Vilonia.

Each team had players hit hard by the storms.  

Garrett Taylor plays for Mayflower, his home suffered damage, he said, "I mean it's good to start playing baseball again because it kind of puts everything behind you for a little bit, it makes you not think about how home is right now.  I mean when you go home, home is bad, but whenever you are out here you are not thinking about that you are thinking about winning baseball games."

Fans agreed.  

"Maybe just forget about what we've been through a little bit," said Tommy Bates.

"Its about setting our sights on rebuilding and being stronger than ever," added John Pipkens, Mayflower Middle School Principal.

Admission was free into the game, but donations were accepted.  Concession and T-shirt sales also went to help efforts in both cities.  

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