Memorial game raises money for players

Memorial game raises money for players
LEWISTON, ID - More that 200 fans were in attendance on Saturday at Harris Field as 40 former American Legion players took part in the 4th Annual Josh "Butro" Burton Memorial Alumni Game.

The game was setup in memory of Josh Burton, a former Legion player who died in a car accident four years ago.

Each year fans and former players are invited to participate in the game which raises money for the Josh Burton scholarship fund. The fund helps as Legion players transition into college baseball.

Tournament director Derek Bruce said this game has a chance to keep growing every year.

"Last year we had about 30 players and we're close to 40 this year," said Bruce. "It would be great to get some of the older guys out here. The more people we get out here, the better it is."

Josh's brother, Brian Burton, said the game is about giving back to the Legion program.

"The program has given so much to families like myself and everyone of these guys in the dugout," said Burton. "So to get everybody back and be able to share some memories with them from their playing career has just been unbelievable."

This years winners of the scholarships were Mickey Smith and Ryan Roth, both players received $1,530. To date, the scholarship fund has given out well over $7,000.