Claremore High School Baseball Team Donates Food To Rogers County Jail

Friday, November 19th 2021, 4:48 pm
By: Sawyer Buccy

TULSA, Oklahoma -

Life is about more than baseball for the Claremore High School Baseball team! They are doing Something Good for families in need, ahead of Thanksgiving.  

"Great in the classroom. Great in the community. Great on the field" is the motto for the Claremore High School Baseball team.

"We do things a little different around here," said Coach Jim Sherl with Claremore High School Baseball, "We try to teach kids how to catch fly balls and ground balls. We have a class where we teach them how to change a tire. How to tie and tie, of course, we do our community service projects."

A lot of these guys have been playing baseball together since they were kids.

"You go out there and when you are playing, you are just playing with your brothers- having fun," said Ethan Grimett, 3rd Baseman. 

Coach Jim Sherl wants them to walk away from high school baseball with more than a brotherhood.

"I want them to walk away having the most enjoyable experience they can have on the baseball field, but also I want them to be better men," said Coach Sherl. 

Coach believes becoming better men, means his players learn the power they have to make a difference in their community.

"At the start, it is just doing it to do it and then you realize that you are helping the community out," said Gannon Sherl. 

Each year before Thanksgiving the team gathers food donations and fills up the pantry at the Rogers County Jail.

"I think we filled up 3 pickups full," said Coach Sherl.

After they dropped off donations they took a tour through the jail- and families started to grab the food the guys just dropped off.

"You fill it up and then moments later people are coming in and grabbing food when they need it- it makes you feel good," said Easton Phillips, 2nd/3rd Baseman. 

The Claremore High School baseball team does things a little different- and these boys prefer it that way.

"The community comes out to support us, so we support them and to do it with my best friends and my teammates- it feels good," said Gannon Sherl.