December 5th, 2010
This year’s 10th Annual Winterball Baseball game, played at Maplewood Park in Malden, MA, yesterday morning and afternoon, the Snowmen defeat the Snowflakes, 10-8.
Participants aged 14-60 were required to donate a toy for Toys for Tots to make the roster, with U.S. Marine Sergeant Jonathan Chan on hand to thank the athletes for their contribution, and root them on during the chilly 41 degree conditions, that even saw a few flurries in the game’s early innings.
Sponsored by the Boston Amateur Baseball Network, the contest featured players from many local leagues, such as the Boston Men’s Baseball League, Yawkey League, Park League, Boston Amateur Baseball League, Central New England Baseball League and several others ranging as far south as Rhode Island and as far north as New Hampshire. Younger players came from high school and AAU teams, led by players on the New England Stampede.
And what a game it was. With the score tied 8-8 in the bottom of the 8th inning, the Snowmen broke out with 2 runs to take a 10-8 lead. In the top of the 9th, event co-organizer Smokey Moore came out of retirement to go for the save. Keeping it in the family, he pitched to his son on the opposing team, 13-year old Zach, to get the first out. The contest ended with the Snowmen victory when Snowflake manager, Ryan Bere, tried to stretch a double into a triple and was thrown out at 3rd base – leaving the tying run an the plate!
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.