Snowmen defeat Snowflakes in Toys for Tots Baseball Benefit
On a day when Red Sox Nation was involved in hot stove talks, amateur athletes from across Greater Boston were actually playing 9 innings of baseball - all to benefit Toys for Tots.
This year's 10th Annual Winterball Baseball game was played at Maplewood Park in Malden, MA, and saw the Snowmen defeat the Snowflakes, 10-8. To play in the game, participants aged 14-60 were required to donate a toy for Toys for Tots. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
U.S. Marine Sergeant Jonathan Chan was on hand to thank the athletes for their contribution, and root them on during chilling 41 degree conditions, that even saw a few flurries in the game's early innings.
This year's game was sponsored by the Boston Amateur Baseball Network and featured players from many local leagues, such as the Boston Men's Baseball League, Yawkey League, Park League, Boston Amateur Baseball League, Central New England Baseball League and several others ranging as far south as Rhode Island and as far north as New Hampshire. Younger players came from high school and AAU teams, led by players on the New England Stampede.
The contest was quite a thriller. With the score tied 8-8 in the bottom of the 8th inning, the Snowmen broke out with 2 runs to take a 10-8 lead. In the top of the 9th inning, event co-organizer Smokey Moore, age 43, came out of retirement to go for the save. He proceeded to pitch to his son on the opposing team, Zach, age 13, to get the inning's first out. The event came to a close when Snowmen manager, Ryan Bere, tried to stretch a double into a triple and was thrown out at 3rd base - leaving the tying run an the plate!
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