ATLANTA — The metro Atlanta community has quickly rallied behind the South Paulding High School baseball team, in the wake of Tuesday's expansive equipment-shed fire.
Just in time for South Paulding's 6A playoff series against Harrison (Round 2), a best-of-three competition running Wednesday and Thursday (if necessary), Academy Sports + Outdoors has donated a $1,000 gift card to the Spartans baseball program.
Citing Academy Sports' press release, "The team will be able to stock up on new baseball equipment like bats, gloves, cleats, baseballs, helmets, apparel and more just in time for tonight’s second round of the state playoffs."
Baseball manufacturer Mizuno has pitched in as well, according to South Paulding principal Keith Rowland, donating catching equipment and batting gloves that were lost in the fire.
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Here's Rowland's statement to the media:
"The entire South Paulding High School community appreciates the outpouring of support after a fire destroyed our baseball and softball locker rooms. All of our immediate needs have been taken care of at this time."
"Our baseball program is now focusing on the second-round playoff games tonight. Once the season concludes, we will have to assess our needs and develop a plan to move forward. We are most thankful that everyone was safe after the fire as that is our first priority, and once again, we are thankful to all of those offering us assistance."
Games 1 and 2 for South Paulding vs. Harrison can be seen at Harrison High School (4500 Due West Rd NW in Kennesaw). The start times are slotted for 5 and 7:30 p.m.
The decisive Game 3 would take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday if the teams should split Tuesday's doubleheader.