Bates and Merrill continue to give back

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST – Corey Bates and Nick Merrill loved to play sports, and hundreds of friends, family and people who love to play ball, came out over the weekend to celebrate their memory and to raise money for minor sports.

“We raised well over $5,000,” said Ian Merrill, father of Nick Merrill, and one of the organizers of the event.

The money will be donated to minor sports organizations such as Amherst Little League, midget baseball and minor hockey, with further money going towards a bursary in memory of Corey and Nick.

It’s more than six years since the two friends were killed in a car crash and this was the seventh ball tournament since that tragic event.

Merrill said the tournament was a success and will continue to be a big draw on the summertime sporting landscape in Amherst.

“The boys were well liked so the turnout is good every year,” said Merrill. “You never have to worry about having enough teams.”

Merrill thanked everybody who helped at the tournament.

“We thank all our sponsors, our players, our volunteers and the umpires. We couldn’t do it without them.”

The winners of the competitive division was the Bro Jays, the winners of the recreational division was Team R.L. McLean, and the winners of the co-ed division was Unsalted Crackers. 

Organizations: Amherst Little League, Bro Jays

Geographic location: AMHERST

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