In this file photo, pitcher Tyler Eckberg raises his glove after coach Pete Hughes tossed him a game ball for his performance during a game in April. Kansas State baseball partnered with Kaite's Way and No Stone Unturned for their annual Fall World Series this weekend. 

Kansas State baseball has partnered with two non-profit organizations — Katie’s Way and No Stone Unturned — as part of the team’s three-game intrasquad Fall World Series, which started Friday night.

The two organizations will be featured as the team names for the series.

“It is a privilege to have our guys represent Katie’s Way and No Stone Unturned,” K-State head coach Pete Hughes, entering his fourth season with the program, said in a release. “These two organizations are pillars in the Manhattan community. Their work is selfless and vitally important. Both are great representations of who we are as a community, department and program.”

Katie’s Way provides services that promote social-emotional development, prevent development of mental health challenges and address social-emotional problems that exist through evidence-based and innovative therapy programs. The No Stone Unturned Foundation is dedicated to embracing, engaging and empowering children with special needs and their families with the belief that children, regardless of their disability, deserve access to the services they need.

The Wildcat team captains drafted their teams last week. Games were played Friday and Saturday after press time, with a final game set for 1 p.m. Sunday. That contest will precede this year’s Shave for the Brave event, which will be the culmination of the team’s fall schedule and its College Baseball Vs. Cancer fundraising campaign.

Players, coaches and staff will cut their hair after Sunday’s game in support of children’s cancer research and to raise funds to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

“Our association with Vs. Cancer, and our fundraising efforts, are always highlights of our school year,” Hughes said. “Our players are beyond amazing in raising money for those kids who are fighting to be healthy again. It’s an honor to coach men who understand the bigger picture and the privilege of being healthy and a K-State baseball player.”

As of Wednesday, K-State has raised more than $25,000, the second-highest total in the nation. The Wildcats have a goal to reach $40,000 and earn a fourth consecutive national fundraising title.

Since Hughes took over as head coach, K-State has raised more than $93,000 for the non-profit organization. Last year, the Wildcats raised more than $38,000 — nearly $10,000 more than any other collegiate baseball program.

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