Councilman Michael dePierro joins the team he sponsors, “dePierro’s Defenders!” Manager of the team is Kelly Simpson, coaches are Nick Guardabasco and Joseph Yorlano. Team members include Shivam Desai, Matthew Dominach, Brayden Guardabasco, Vincent Licor, Joseph Messana, Mohnish Mistry, Sanskaar Pahwa, Logan Simpson, Tyler Simpson, Bryan Tran, Aidan Waters and Nicholas Yorlano.
Par-Troy Little League West held its Opening Night on Thursday, April 17 and kicked off the season with a parade, opening ceremony and games. One of the highlights of the evening was Alicia DePasquale Bozza signing the National Athem. Among the teams this year are the dePierro Defenders, Carifi’s Crusaders, Tabor Pizzeria, Stanton’s Stallions, Valori’s Vikings, The Daily Joe, Barberio’s Bombers and Vigilante Vipers who are named after longtime league supporter and former councilman James Vigilante, who passed away earlier this year.
One of the many banners included a banner from Jimmy Vigilante, a friend to the Par-Troy West Forever. Denise De Angelis Koellhoffer said “Thought of Jim looking at the pics of all the first throws at opening day. He should be one of them. Instead he is looking from above watching over all the children playing ball smiling. He is there, in their hearts.” Vigilante will never be forgotten.