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Elmhurst Extreme youth baseball teams up for tornado relief

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 10:42 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 10:46 a.m. CDT

The Oak Park Windmills 11U girls fastpitch team and the Elmhurst Extreme Boys 9U and 12U baseball teams helped out the Tornado Relief Supply Drive for Oklahoma City.

The Windmills won the OKC Challenge in Oklahoma City after the Moore, Okla., tornado. Coach Dan Karnatz organized a relief effort and the entire Windmills organization did a clothing and other supplies drive, plus a gift card drive to Dick's Sporting Goods for the Moore Softball Association. They also helped raise funds for a Memorial Bench in Moore for a softball player who lost her life in the tragic tornado. The Windmills 11U team had played the travel girls team out of Moore the last several seasons.

Karnatz, who lives in Elmhurst sent out an email to several friends and families in Elmhurst. Jim Pickell got the the Elmhurst Extreme Boys 9U and 12U involved in the relief drive. A number of parents and coaches drove the supplies down to Oklahoma.

Another tornado hit the Oklahoma City area the night before the tournament was supposed to begin. Half of the Windmills were in the thick of it and the other half of the team had their planes diverted to Dallas.

"To say it was an unnerving experience is an understatement," Karnatz said.

After that Friday night, the rest of team drove up from Dallas and then participated in the tournament that ran through Monday.

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