Monday, August 20, 2012

Tournament Reached Beyond Baseball

 The recent New York Legion Baseball Championship held in Utica reached beyond baseball, according to tournament committee member Tony Camardo.

"The event started with 11 players spending time with veterans who reside at St. Luke’s Home," Camardo wrote in an op-ed piece appearing in the Aug. 18th Utica Observer-Dispatch.

"Then it shifted to the field, where it was all about baseball and veterans. 

"We had a number of color guards deliver our colors; first pitches were served up by Retired Major General Russell Czerw, the Honorable Mayor of Utica, Robert Palmieri, and Councilman-at-large Frank Meola."

After Murname Field "came alive for five days of great baseball competition," then the "community stepped to the plate," Camardo wrote.

"Through the generosity of our sponsors and their employees, a donation of $10,000 was made to the Veteran’s Outreach Center" supporting local jobless and homeless veterans.

Out of eight teams from across that state that competed, Saratoga Post's Stampede grabbed the championship title Aug. 5, and went on to represent the state at Northeast Regional games in Maine. Milford, Connecticut took that title, and then ended its season after losing its first two games Aug. 18 and 19 at the Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C.