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Batter Zach Wilhelmi from the St. Louis team beats the throw to Joplin firstbaseman Dave Johnson during the 17th inning of the marathon baseball game at GCS Stadium in Sauget.  The teams are holding the 62 hour-long marathon game in an attempt to get into the Guinness World Book of Records, and also as a fundraiser to help the tornado victims of Joplin, Missouri.  The game began at 5 a.m. on Friday, under the lights at GCS Stadium. The participants play in roughly four hour "shifts" and in their down-time they rest, sleep, or eat.  The game should end around 7 p.m. on Sunday.  The fundraising efforts underway include pledges for time played, auctions, and more, all designed to help the victims of the EF5 multiple-vortex tornado that hit Joplin on the afternoon of May 22, 2011. About a third of the town was destroyed, with damages estimated at $2.8 billion.  A total of 161 people were killed, with another 1,100 people injured.