Next stop, Cooperstown: local baseball club holds carwash fundraiser

Oct 23, 2021

MATTAPOISETT — That’s a clean play!

The Buzzards Bay Baseball Club got sudsy on Saturday morning, washing cars at the Mattapoisett Fire Station to raise money for a team trip next summer.

The team of about a dozen 12-year-olds from the Tri-Town and Wareham hoped to raise enough money to go to Cooperstown — home of the Baseball Hall of Fame — next August and play in a tournament at Dreams Field.

“It gets to be a big expense, so the fundraiser really helps out,” said Coach Brian Hale, explaining that for the whole team to travel to, and compete at the tournament will likely cost around $26,000. “Because of covid last year, a lot of teams had to cancel. So we’re really hoping it works out this year.”

Everyone was eager to help the young athletes reach their goal, with parents and siblings holding up signs along Route 6 to attract customers while the players washed cars. One father, Dale Bindas, even put on an inflatable T-rex costume to catch the eyes of passing motorists.

“It’s a whole family affair,” said Hale.

Hale also thanked the Mattapoisett Fire Department for its work hosting the event and for providing environmentally-friendly soap to wash the cars with.