PARSIPPANY — The Par-Troy East Little League celebrated its 56th year in Little League, at the morning opening day celebration in Dileo Field. The 2019 season has grown by almost 35 new players, which is the first increase in five years.
The 2019 Executive Board consists of Paul Furfaro, Player Agent; Ed Enterlin III- VP Baseball; Joel Bermudez – VP Softball; Tiffany Hiltz – Information Officer; John Corforte – VP Development; Ed Weiss – Treasurer; Jeff Sherry – Safety Officer; League Secretary – Kevin Regan and Coaches Coordinator – Jeff Levine.
“This league would not be what it is today without the hard work of this group of individuals who spend thankless hours making sure every child has the opportunity to play and enjoy everything that has to do with this league. There aren’t enough words to Thank you for everything that you do. I also want to thank all the managers and coaches for volunteering their time all for the benefit of the kids in our league. Your support and care for the kids is second to none,” said Par-Troy East Little League President Chris Mazzarella.
Among the guests attending the event was Mayor Michael Soriano, Council President Paul Carifi Jr., Councilman Mike DePierro, Councilwoman Loretta Gragnani, Past Par-Troy East Little League Presidents Jeff Levine, Tracy Waffenfeld, John Bucciarelli and Past President and Superintendent of Recreation Joe Plescia. Also in attendance was Mr. & Mrs. Dan & Debbie DeLio, Frank Neglia, PTW President, Past President Sandra Neglia, Past President Peggy Clayton and Former Mayor Jamie Barberio.
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 third year in a row they donated a pallet of water as well as over 700 hamburgers.
There was also a very special guest joining the opening day ceremonies. We can call her one of a kind, a groundbreaker, a role model, and of course a champion. She was the first ever female to advance to a state championship Wrestling final and one day later became the state champion in her division, Sydney Petzinger. Sydney was one of the many guests to throw out an opening day ball.
Every 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. 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 Georgia Kachulis and the baseball recipient is Bryan Sunga.
See related article on the dedication of Plescia Field. (As soon as story is live a link will appear here)