CLARKTON — Pizza and Dixie Youth Baseball came together in Clarkton during the month of June and resulted in a donation of $309 from the Time Saver on U.S. 701 South to the local youth baseball league.
“We like to do community things to help in different areas throughout the chain,” said Jimmy Garrell, owner of the Time Saver franchise. “The youth need good things to do, and Dixie Youth offers that.
“Plus, the Clarkton league needs the money,” he added.
The $309 was raised by a month-long benefit, during which Time Saver donated $1 for every pizza purchased.
“The community really stepped up,” said John Plasky, supervisor of the Time Saver franchise, said. “We’re blessed to have them care so much about the youth here.”
According to Beth Madden, manager of the Time Saver in Clarkton, the sales of Hunt Brothers Pizza in June were far busier than usual.
“I’d say we almost doubled our usual pizza sales,” she said. “Plus, we had people who didn’t purchase a pizza give us a donation.”
Graham Burney, who is president of Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball, said the money will be put to good use.
“Running a youth baseball program is tough,” Burney said. “People don’t usually know what-all is involved. Expenses can be overwhelming, so this will really help us with a light bill.”
He added that it’s not easy for Clarkton youth to find constructive things to do, so the Dixie Youth Baseball has always been an important part of the community. About 50 to 60 players are part of the league this summer.
“Clarkton kids don’t have much to do, so we try to keep them busy playing ball,” Burney said.
That effort is expected to expand soon, as Burney hopes to create a fall season.
“We’ll hold a meeting soon and see what we can get started,” he said. “We’ll look for players and teams from around the region — from Clarkton to Elizabethtown to Whiteville and Hallsboro — and hopefully be able to get a nice league going in early September.”
That news perked up the ears of Garrell.
“Well, then … we may be able to do another pizza thing to help out with that,” he said.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.