HOUSTON -- The Montgomery County Ballers are getting ready to head to Pensacola, Florida next week, for their first trip tothe Nations Baseball Gulf Coast Ultimate World Series.

But while the players have been successful on the field, the upcoming trip almost didn t happen. A few weekends ago, the team raised more than a thousand dollars.

The cash was kept in a box in the coach s home. But before it could taken to the bank, and electrical fire reduced his Porter home to ashes.

I really didn t think it was going to be there after looking at the fire, said Coach Travis Moore.

But it turns out, the money was one of the only things untouched by the fire.

Still, Minute Maid saw our story on KHOU and stepped in to help. In partnership with the Astros Grand Slam for Youth Baseball program, the company donated $1,500, plus a way for the team to make even more money.

We ve also donated a 1,000 cans of Minute Maid lemonade, so they can sell them at a softball tournament this weekend to raise more money, says Fred Arnold with Minute Maid.

The money is going to help pay for equipment, food, and travel expenses.

Moore was moved by the generosity.

We really appreciate it and we will put it to good use, he said.

Team parents like Stacey Comalander say the money is helping the team s dreams come true.

You never want to leave any kids behind because they can t afford to go, she said.

Arnold also plans to invite the team as his guests to a game at Minute Maid Park, after the team returns from the series.

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