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Benefit game hits close to home for James River

Midlothian, VA (WWBT)- Baseball fans in Richmond are used to the Flying Squirrels and VCU playing their home games at The Diamond, but on Wednesday night, high school baseball invades the River City's biggest baseball venue. 

James River baseball will host its second annual benefit game at The Diamond, with all proceeds benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The Rapids will take on Douglas Freeman in a ten inning exhibition, using wood bats that are red to raise awareness for blood bourne diseases, and both teams will be wearing special uniforms for the event as well. 

This game will have special meaning to James River assistant coach Greg Dommisse.  Dommisse is a Douglas Freeman graduate, but he also was diagnosed with Leukemia in January of 2011.  The assistant has been with the Rapids for eleven years and has been at James River High School since the school's opening in 1994. 

Head coach Pete Schumacher and his coaching staff hope to hold more events like this.  James River baseball has established RBI, short for Rapids Baseball Incorporated.  James River will host tournaments in the future at its home field and that corporation will take a portion of the money raised at the events and donating to various charities.

James River and Douglas Freeman will take the field at The Diamond for a 6:15 first pitch on Wednesday night.  Admission is free and all donations will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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