In 48 hours, Mike Rooney’s Blue Springs Rod’s Sports A’s and Jim Moran’s Blue Springs Post 499/Fike baseball teams could be battling each other for elimination in the Zone 2 Tournament at Sedalia, Mo.

In 48 hours, Mike Rooney’s Blue Springs Rod’s Sports A’s and Jim Moran’s Blue Springs Post 499/Fike baseball teams could be battling each other for elimination in the Zone 2 Tournament at Sedalia, Mo.

But Wednesday afternoon, the two friendly rivals were collectively donating $1,188 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation/Greater Kansas City Chapter after competing in the first Cancer Awareness regular season Legion game.

“We’re going to be doing this every year,” Rooney said, “so we need to get a good name for it – like ‘Dig for the Cure’ (the name of the annual prep volleyball event in the metro area).

“I know Jim has a mom on the team who’s battled cancer and Clyde (Kubli, a longtime A’s coach) lost his wife to cancer, so it’s great to be able to help. I know it’s not a lot of money, but we’re sure happy to make the contribution.”

Moran agreed, adding, “Cancer has affected just about everyone, in one way or another. We’ve had several moms over the years battle cancer and wanted to make a small contribution.”

Money was raised via donations and a 50/50 raffle.

“The winners of the 50/50 raffle both donated their winnings to Susan G. Komen and the umpires who worked the game donated a portion of their paycheck back to the foundation,” Moran said.

Ironically, Fike won the first game 3-0 and the A’s came back to claim a 7-3 victory in the nightcap.

“If you’re going to split two games,” Rooney said, “that was the day to do it.”
Grain Valley resident Theresa Osenbaugh received the check on behalf of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

“This is the fun part of my job,” Osenbaugh said. “Events like this and our Race for the Cure helped us give more than $925,500 in grants right here in the metro area. The money we received today from the A’s and Fike will stay in our area and benefit local individuals.”