Home Run Derby is a blast for Jr. United Way

Brendan Micik is ready to connect one of his 10 home runs.

Brendan Micik is ready to connect one of his 10 home runs.

When Greenwich “stepped up to the plate” this past weekend, it wasn’t just a metaphor.

Oh no, there was actual physical exercise involved and it was done for a good cause as the United Way of Greenwich held a Home Run Derby on Saturday morning at Byram Park. For a $10 fee, participants got to swing until they made 10 “outs” and until they did that all the “home runs” they hit counted toward the competition.

But if you think that task was an easy one, well then you quickly had another thing coming. Unlike hitting a baseball or a softball where getting a good swing merely takes skill and strength (no problem, right?), hitting a wiffleball with a plastic bat with enough power for a home run is a tricky task that requires the right timing, just the right judgment and timing, timing and more timing. All ages were welcome and even the mightiest of sluggers found it to be a challenge. Ultimately six participants stepped up to the plate with Jr. United Way members playing the outfield in front of a crowd of close to 25 for the Saturday morning fun.

So a task like that definitely deserved a reward for the winner and Brendan Micik, with a total of 10 home runs, was able to capture the prize of half of the entry fees for the other participants. The other half, meanwhile, went to support the Jr. United Way and the Greenwich Wiffle Ball Tournament which is scheduled for July 20 at Greenwich Polo Club. But in the end the United Way ended up being the big winner because Brendan donated his prize right back to further the organization’s work.


The participants in the event literally had a ball. Up front, from left, Mary Andrews, event Chair Erin Montague, Wiffle Committee member Phil Lohmeyer, Brooks Lacoff and Wiffle Committee member Brandon Lacoff. In back, from left, Michael Wittner, Gabby Ferraro, Logan Bohbot, Erin Andrews, Wiffle Committee member and Greenwich Youth Services coordinator Jenny Byxbee, Wiffle Committee member Rick Franchella, Wiffle Committee member Brendan Micik, and Zach Farr.

Until September, the field at Byram Park is open for practice and pick up games for all interested wiffle ball players. The park has long been considered an ideal temporary facility as the United Way continues developing a permanent home field for wiffle ball in Greenwich and while last year Hurricane Sandy’s wrath hit the field, ripping town the fence that had been put up, a new fence was up in time for last weekend’s competition and the start of wiffle ball season in town.

More information is available at GreenwichWiffle.com and there will be an opportunity there to register for the next home run derby, which will take place before the tournament.

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