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7th Annual Burto Alumni Baseball game unites friends, remembers Josh Burton

7th Annual Burto Alumni Baseball game unites friends, remembers Josh Burton
LEWISTON, ID - An emotional yet beautiful baseball game was played last weekend that sure brought out a crowd.

The 7th Annual Josh Burto Burton Alumni game was, as always, a game that brought out several hundreds of people to see old friends and family, help out the community, watch a great game with a ton of laughs, and of course remember Josh Burton who tragically died in a car accident in 2008.

After fans walked through the gates and into a huge silent auction, they saw something they haven't seen before...the L-C alumni team sitting in the same dugout with the guest team, the Coeur d'Alene Lumbermen. The move was made to show how much of a friendly competition this would be, and also to help players avoid the sun.

Every year the Burton family give an L-C player a $1,530 scholarship, and this year's went to Clarkston's DePaul Blunt. In addition, funds raised were able to not only pay off the Coeur d'Alene player fees, but also gave $3,100 to next year's L-C Legion program.

"You know the money's a big thing, but when we come and we get to see all the people that come into the park that's really what does it for our family and why we do it," said Brother of Josh, Brian Burton. "When we get to see players that we've given money to play and the L-C World Series and the fact that we're able to make a small impact on their life and bring some more memories that are beyond the tragic accident of my brother, that's what it means so much to us."

Now as for the actual game, it came all the way down to the end of it, but the home team was able to take down Coeur d'Alene 9-8. Despite this being a friendly reunion of old rivals, it seems only fitting that L-C pulls off yet another win for the community...and for Burto.
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