“BATTER UP” AT BASIE FIELDS

batter-up-2010-cA challenger in last year’s Batter Up home run derby. (Photo courtesy of Laurie Barrett Dalton; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

There are two reasons baseballs will be flying all over Count Basie Field this Saturday.

One, the Red Bank Elks Lodge 233, which already has a successful basketball free-throw competition for borough children in the winter, wants to expand its offerings. Two, Kevin Blaine has an itch.

“I’m a grandfather now,” said Blaine, a lifelong Red Bank resident and Elks member. “I’ve got this free time and I’ve still got this itch to go out and do things with kids in the community.”

Hence, the Elks’ “Batter Up” contest, a home run derby this Saturday open to kids between 5 and 15 years old.

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