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Local baseball team bounces back after being duped

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

It's been one week since the Great Lakes Cyclones baseball team realized they were missing more than $20,000 meant for equipment and uniforms.

But they are getting back on their feet thanks to support from their community.

At first, it looked like the Cyclones had struck out for the season, but it appears the team may be safe.

"It's nice to see Flint get some good publicity instead of all the bad stuff we hear about the city," said club president Larry Green.

Green says it didn't take long for local good Samaritans to rally around the team after they found out nearly $25,000 was missing from their account.

Police are now looking to question former Cyclones coach Quincy Nichols.

"We don't have the exact numbers but it looks like we're real close to being able to be able to continue with our season and cover our expenses for the year," Green said.

Green said the team has received somewhere between $24,000 and $25,000 in donations.

Thursday night, at practice for the 11-year-old's, all the new gear paid for by the community's generosity was on display.

Green still wonders why someone would almost take America's favorite pastime from a kid.

"I'm somewhat sad for him, in a way, but yet, I feel like he needs to have justice served for what he's done," Green said.

The players with the Cyclones organization aren't just relying on the community to recoup was stolen, the kids will raise money at a car wash on Saturday.

That car wash will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Al Serra Honda, located at 10825 South Saginaw St. in Grand Blanc.

If you have any pop cans you would like to donate, the athletes will be collecting those that day, as well.

Donations to the team can also be made at Dort Federal Credit Union.

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