Infielder Colin Hawk offers up his cleats along with his short at the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs’ post game jersey auction Sunday. Jerseys worn by Hawk and Tyler Brien (left) drew the largest bids at the fund-raider for the K.C. Smith-Congdon Scholarship Fund. Times Photo/Jon Rathbun

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LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. — Sunday marked the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs’ annual pink game for breast cancer awareness.

Players wore pink jerseys emblazoned with “Striking Out Breast Cancer” and the initials of K.C. Smith, whose scholarship fund benefited from money raised during the evening. Some also wore pink socks and swung pink bats.

The postgame jersey auction raised $548. University of Cincinnati infielder Colin Hawk threw in a pair of his cleats with his jersey and drew a winning bid of $55 for the package. Pitcher Tyler Brien, an Ilion native playing at SUNY-Cortland, drew $50 for his jersey.

Last year, only one jersey —that of Brown University pitcher Taylor Wright, the son of Villanova University basketball coach Jay Wright — exceeded $40.

Proceeds were contributed once again to the K.C. Smith-Congdon Scholarship Fund. A 1999 graduate of Canajoharie High School, Smith-Congdon died of cancer in 2009 at the age of 28.


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