Wood Ducks trade baseball bats for fishing poles

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KINSTON, NC (W.N.C.T.) — The Down East Wood Ducks joined local kids on the docks at Neuseway Nature Park Saturday to go fishing.

“I got him to catch a fish…he was struggling,” participant Josh Quinn said.

“Well he really caught it and he gave it to me,” said Coach Jeremy Moore.

28 players along with manager Howard Johnson headed down to the catfish pond to reel up some fun.

“Well, we get a chance to come out here and fish with these kids and just be a part of the community,” Johnson said. “A lot of the people that are out here are just learning our guys for the first time, so it’s a lot of fun for them to come out and do something different.”

And the kids were just as determined as a ball player on the field.

North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission brought in rods and reels for the kids to borrow and Neuse Sport Shop provided the bait.

“It’s fun to meet some guys that could be famous one day and to get out and spend time with friends,” Quinn said.

Despite being devastated by flooding after Hurricane Matthew, park director Bobby Cox was excited for the opportunity to hook the team for the annual fishing event.

“The hurricane did devastate us, but this park right here is kind of renowned so the people are going to keep coming,” said Cox

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