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Baseball bat auction nets $2,950 for Wessington Springs fund

A special baseball bat auction raised $2,950 for Wessington Springs disaster relief during the first-round of the South Dakota Class B state amateur baseball tournament Saturday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.

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The bat being auctioned off was a Major League Baseball baseball bat used by players such as Barry Bonds. The bat was auctioned off as disaster relief for Wessington Springs by the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association. Wessington Springs was hit by a tornado on June 18.

SDABA President Dale Weber said the bat auction was one of the many great things the association has been able to do during the state tournament.

“It was fantastic,” said Weber adding the association would on. “The association has done a lot of good things, but this was one of the better things we could do.”

The bat was bought four different times, first at $1,050, second at $1,000, third at $500 and the final buyer and owner of the bat at $400, during the auction, with each buyer reselling the bat after donating the money.

Kaelynn Culver, of Alpena, a 2004 graduate from Wessington Springs, was the final bidder to win the MLB game-used bat.

Culver said she bought the bat to give to her father for his birthday and her best friend lost her house during the Wessington Springs tornado.

“It was awesome,” said Culver about the bat being sold four different times in order to raise as much money as possible. “My dad was a big baseball player and I thought it would be a cool gift for him.”

Culver said the Jon Culver Trucking company was the official business that would donate the money for the bat.