Wiffle ball tourney another home run

Players, such as noted wiffle ball slugger Ron Young, above,  quickly got into the swing of things as the all-day tournament wasn’t just fun and games. People came to play with some cash prizes at the end. — John Ferris Robben photo

Players, such as noted wiffle ball slugger Ron Young, above, quickly got into the swing of things as the all-day tournament wasn’t just fun and games. People came to play with some cash prizes at the end.
— John Ferris Robben photo

This past weekend at the Greenwich Polo Club there were no horses or mallets in sight. Instead it was plastic bats and balls being tossed around for the sixth annual Greenwich Wiffle Ball Tournament.

But this was no easy day in the park. This was taken seriously as if it was last week’s Major League Baseball All Star Game in New York City and for good reason. There was a $1,600 cash prize for the team finishing first, with $800 going to the second place team, $400 for the third place finishers and $100 to those in fourth. And the winners definitely earned it, with 64 teams taking part in the all-day tournament last Saturday at Greenwich Polo Club.

The grounds were transformed into several fields and the tournament was not just to get people out in the sun and fresh air, it was also to raise money to help build a permanent Wiffle ball field in town, a project that the United Way of Greenwich’s Jenny Byxbee and Erin Montague have been working on for years now.

With rain coming to break the heat wave, the tournament was done on a bit of an accelerated schedule this year but the bad weather held off and all the games were held. Doom won first place and second went to Garden Catering’s Honey Nut Ichiros. Take A Whiff of This won third place. East Hanover Wiffle won the youth division and the Family Champs were Warrior Wiffle.

In addition to sending a team, Garden Catering also helped provide food for the event, for which the Greenwich Post served as the media sponsor. Former Mets and Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine had been scheduled to throw out the first pitch, but at the last minute a relief pitcher was called for and Greenwich Police Department Deputy Chief Mark Marino did the honors. Sgt. Mike Reynolds and Officer Keith Hirsch were also on hand to assist.

More images will be available from Post photographer John Ferris Robben on Monday at Greenwich-post.com.

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