PARSIPPANY — On Saturday, April 14, the Par-Troy Little League East celebrated its 56th year in Little League, at the morning opening day celebration in Dileo Field.
Chris Mazzarella, President of Par-Troy Little League East welcomed everyone to the Par-Troy East Little League Complex to celebrate the opening of our 2018 Little League season and their 56th year in Little League.
Par-Troy Little League Ava LaPresti sang the National Anthem. Among the dignitaries joining the celebration was Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael Soriano, Council President Paul Carifi, Jr., and Councilman Michael dePierro. Past President and Superintendent of Recreation Joe Plescia, Debbie Delio (The field is named after her husband Dan) and Par-Troy Little League West President Frank Neglia.
The 2018 Par-Troy Little League East Executive Board consists of:
- Mike Plescia- Player Agent
- Paul Furfaro- VP Baseball
- Joel Bermudez- VP Softball
- Dan Preston – Information Officer
- John Corforte- VP Development
- Ed Weiss- Treasurer
- Jeff Sherry- Safety Officer
- League Secretary- Tiffany Hiltz
- Coaches Coordinator- Jeff Levine
President Mazzarella thanked the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Recreation Department, Parsippany-Troy Hills Parks and Forestry and the Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education for the use of their fields, and support of our league and the Parsippany PAL for the use of their facilities.
Mazzarella also thanked Stop and Shop for the second year in a row they donated a pallet of water as well as over 700 hamburgers and to Modell’s for their support. Modell’s has been a partner with PTE for many years from selling t-shirts for the LL World Series team and donating every penny back to the league also having the 15% coupons and donating 5% back to the league. He also thanked all the other sponsors, but there were too many to name each one individually.
He also acknowledged Rahul Patel for choosing Par-Troy East as the place to perform his Eagle scout project. The Garden Beds behind Gallo & Taylor fields as well as the stone pathway to the dugout and bleachers behind Taylor. Rahul spent countless hours planning and executing the project with his fellow scouts.
Each year they have a contest among the players to come up with the logo to be used on the front of the uniforms. This year’s winner is Katie Blair.
On opening day the managers from majors baseball and softball from the previous season choose a second year majors baseball and softball player to be honored with the Michael Weist award. Michael was a player who displayed great sportsmanship, teamwork and dedication to Par-Troy East Little League. He also touched a great number of his friends and classmates throughout his years. This award is not about what happens on the field, it’s about what happens in the dugout or around the complex. It’s not about being a good ballplayer but rather about being a good teammate, a leader and most of all a good person. This year the softball recipient is Rachel Vitiello. On the baseball side the managers had a hard time choosing one recipient, so this year there are two. The recipients for baseball are Dean Cattani and Brandon Hiltz.