• Bill Davis/News Rotary third baseman Zack Calbert, left, waits to tag out Ariel’s Drake Kandel during a recent Mount Vernon Baseball Association Major League game.
  • Bill Davis/News Gavin McFadden, of Team Sports, avoids a close pitch during Wednesday’s Mount Vernon Baseball Association Coach Pitch game at Phillips Park.

Ariel, Rotary have dueled for years

MOUNT VERNON — Typically, Ariel Corp. and the Mount Vernon Rotary Club are generally friendly and cooperative.

On the baseball diamond? Different story.

The two organizations have sponsored teams in the Mount Vernon Baseball Association for years. It’s reached the point where the Major League teams have become familiar with one another.

“As coaches, we come in here determined to win,” Rotary coach Rod Scott said. “Between their coach and us, there’s been a pretty hefty amount of back-and-forth, and the kids feed off of that.”

Both teams have been at or near the top of the standings for years. Every year, the coaches of the respective clubs draft players for the season. The coaches are different every year. The talent usually gets spread pretty evenly.

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