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South Johnston baseball team holding annual Toys for Tots fundraiser

The South Johnston High baseball team is selling $1 raffle tickets for a $100 Walmart gift card through its ninth annual Toys for Tots toy drive. Tickets are available from South baseball players and coaches through Dec. 12. All proceeds go to purchase toys that will be donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. Over the past eight years more than $25,000 has been raised and used to buy toys for needy children. For more info, contact South Johnston baseball coach Keith Durham at 919-894-3146.

Narron Family 7th Grade Free Baseball Clinic

The 2014 Narron Family Free Baseball Clinic for 7th Graders will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Smithfield-Selma High School. The seventh grade marks the first year players can try out for their school teams and is the dividing point between youth leagues and higher skill levels of amateur play. This free clinic with hitting, pitching, catching, base running and infield and outfield play drills will show players the skills they need to hone to improve their chances of advancing in the game. The camp staff, led by Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Johnny Narron and Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron is scheduled to include Tampa Bay pitcher Chris Archer, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jerry Sands, Brewers pitcher Rob Wooten, ECU outfielder Dylan Brown, Nationals pitching coach Sam Narron and Richard “Rooster” Narron among others. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the SSS gym and players should bring their baseball equipment and indoor and outdoor shoes. Info: Johnny Narron at 919-202-6365.

Whitfield Baseball Clinic is Jan. 11

The 2014 George Whitfield Baseball Clinic will be held on Jan. 11 at Goldsboro High School from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The clinic is open to players from youth leagues through high school and coaches at any level. The cost is $60 per player for those who pre-register, $70 the day of or $50 for teams that register six or more players. The clinic will feature a wide range of speakers on every area of the game, plus what college coaches and scouts are looking for in players and practice organization for coaches. For more info, contact George Whitfield at 919-778-6013.