The Leesville High School Baseball Diamond Club is auctioning off items and having a dinner to raise money for its upcoming season.

The Wampus Cats fundraiser will auction off baseball memorabilia and other items to purchase equipment and necessities for the 2018 at 6 p.m. on January 15.

"The money is going toward baseball operations," Leesville baseball coach Oscar Reed said. "All this money goes toward our 2018 season. The Diamond Club met, and we wanted to do project funds. For example; if we want to turf our infield, we would have long-term funds for long-term projects. We also have short-term funds for the 2018 season. This fundraiser is for the 2018 season.

"We need bats, for sure. Today, I got the quotes for bats and it was $1,500. We need baseballs, for sure. I think, last year, I spent $2,000 on baseballs. That's a big hit. We need maintenance equipment and meal money. Those are some of the necessities."

University of Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux is the guest speaker for the event. Robichaux has been the head baseball coach for the Rajin' Cajuns for 23 years and is the 51st coach to have 1,000 career wins in Division I.

The items being auctioned off are a signed baseball from Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and left fielder Alex Gordon, a Henry 10/22 rifle with a scope, a 12 gauge shotgun with a home invasion barrel and hunting barrel, a signed bat by Los Angles Dodger Matt Kemp, three wooden bats and three baseballs by Texas Ranger and former Rajin' Cajun Johnathan Lucroy, along with other sports and outdoors items.

The event takes place at the VFW at 205 E. Harriet St. in Leesville. Adult tickets are $10 and the price for ages 10 and under are $5.