Merchant softball game make TNLL a winner

The two teams from the Westchester Square and Throggs Neck merchants before the game.

The real winner in this year’s charity softball game was the Throgs Neck Little League.

The 4th annual merchants charity softball game, this year between the Throggs Neck Merchants Association and the Association of Merchants and Business Professionals of Westchester Square, targeted the Throgs Neck Little League for the funds raised.

Assemblyman Michael Benedetto and Throggs Neck Merchants Association president and former Assemblyman Steve Kaufman before the game.

The game was played Friday, July 27 at the little league field at 150 Throgs Neck Boulevard.

“This is the first time the game was a joint venture to donate money to the same organization and it will benefit the children of the little league,” said Bobby Jean, owner of Anthony’s Flower Farm at 3240 E. Tremont Avenue. “It goes to show that there is no politics when it comes to our children – that we take care of our children.”

Game organizers Joe Regina for the Westchester Square merchants (l) and Bobby Jean of Anthony’s Flower Farm.

Jean gave special thanks to his co-organizer Joe Regina from the Westchester Square merchants, as well as Assemblyman Michael Benedetto and former merchant association president John Cerini, who both volunteered for the dunk tank to help raise extra money, Throggs Neck Merchants Association president Steve Kaufman, and many others.

The game ended in a 6-6 7th inning tie.

Savannah Carozza participated in face-painting at the game.

It was scoreless into the second inning when Westchester Square scored six runs in the top of the inning followed by two scored by the Throggs Neck Merchants Association in the bottom of the inning. The Throggs Neck came back in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game.

The groups were still tabulating the total amount raised, said Jean. An ad in the Bronx Times Reporter will soon thank all involved.

Enjoying face-painting at the game were (l-r) Connor Delatorre, Mary Delatorre, and McKenna Delatorre.

Westchester Square Merchants Association president Greg Perry said that despite a tragedy at Clarke and Son Signs where a car crashed into the store on July 12 and claimed the driver’s life, the store still fielded two team members.

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