Wiffle Ball Fun Day, a pitched battle against hunger

A hitter makes solid contact during the second annual Wiffle Ball Fun Day at Wolfe Park, which raised over $3,000 for the Monroe Food Pantry.

MONROE, CT — Pitchers threw high heat, curve balls and an assortment of other pitches to batters wielding power at the plate during the Monroe Food Pantry’s 2021 Wiffle Ball tournament at Wolfe Park Saturday.

First Selectman Ken Kellogg said the second annual Wiffle Ball Fun Day raised over $3,000 for the Monroe Pantry, helping town families who are struggling to make ends meet.

Here’s the windup and the pitch …

It is about $1,000 more than the first tournament in 2019 — last year’s event was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before the games, Kellogg thanked John Murphy for organizing Wiffle Ball Fun Day, as well as the top sponsors: Newtown Savings Bank and Jensen Tire, Auto & Marine.

Other sponsors included 574 Wines, Bella Rosa, Jennie’s, Sal’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, Country Pizza, Nunnu’s, the Monroe Diner, Soup Thyme, Marylou’s Ristorante, Mac Daddy’s, Honeyspot Pizza, Bill’s Drive-In, Romeo’s at Wolfe Park, Mr. Mac’s Canteen, Rural Fuels, West Bridge, Dairy Queen, Baum Braces, Stop & Shop, The Home Depot, Uncle Al’s Ice Cream, Mary Jane and Wayne Simpson, Mills, Mass.; Jerry McDonald, Shrewsbury, Mass.; and Gerry and Jerry Wright, Camillus, N.Y.

Winning teams

Major League Fast Pitch features power against power with older kids and adults going head-to-head.

Three champions were crowned in tournament play Saturday.

Joe Moravsky, a star athlete on “American Ninja Warrior,” played for All Rise for the Judge, the team that won the Major League Fast Pitch Championship.

Finishing second was Bajda Team and Law and Homers, a team featuring a lineup of Monroe police officers, came in third.

It is high! It is …

FLO’Hara took first place in the Minor League Triple A: Slow pitch with Adults and Older Kids category, with Jensen Tire coming in second.

In the Minor League Double A: Slow pitch with Adults and Younger Kids category The Dingers emerged as champion, while the Grand Slammers had a second place finish.

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