A tomato meets its demise at the hands of Caylie Colombo, 10, during batting practice for the Firecrackers softball team Wednesday at Hidden Valley Park in Blue Springs.

A tomato meets its demise at the hands of Caylie Colombo, 10, during batting practice for the Firecrackers softball team Wednesday at Hidden Valley Park in Blue Springs. Coach Craig Kassing has a tradition of using produce to teach and have fun dating back to when he coached his now adult daughter’s softball team. This year the tomatoes were donated by the Sterling Apple Market on U.S. 24 in Independence.