MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Elena Scarano, who led the Westfield High School Blue Devils Softball Team in 2013 to its first Union County Tournament trophy since 1998, will receive the Banyasz Brothers Memorial Award for Most Valuable Scholastic Softball Player at the 78th Annual Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner Feb. 9.
The awards event is sponsored by the Union County Baseball Association (UCBA), in cooperation with the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation. Since 1937, the Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner has been the primary fundraiser for the UCBA’s summer and fall programs for young ballplayers.
Scarano, a right-handed pitcher, struck out 121 batters and walked only 24 in 142 innings while recording a 1.82 ERA. She also had a good season at the plate, finishing with a .314 batting average, 26 hits, seven doubles, 17 RBI’s and 14 runs scored, according to the UCBA. She was named Union County Softball Player of 2013 by the Star-Ledger.
Under the direction of Coach Caitlin MacDonald, the Westfield Softball Team approaches the 2014 spring season with a talented roster that includes Scarano, seven other seniors and two juniors – and likely will be a contender in Union County and throughout the state, the UCBA said. While she’s not playing softball, Scarano is a four-year varsity volleyball player and captain of the Westfield team.
Other students to be honored at the dinner are Rob Smorol of Clark, Melissa Tobie of Elizabeth and Ryan Williamson of Cranford. The UCBA will also induct five new members into the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame: Larry Caroselli of Linden, Al Faella of Elizabeth, Leroy Horn of Summit, Jim Jeskey of Union and Al Volpe of Linden. The Hot Stove League Baseball Dinner will honor local American Legion Baseball players and athletes from youth baseball leagues for their achievements in 2013, as well.
The event begins at 1 p.m. at the L’Affaire Banquet Center, 1099 Route 22 East, in Mountainside. Jake Wood, former Detroit Tigers second baseman and graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Elizabeth, will be the special guest speaker that day.
“We’re delighted to welcome Jake Wood to this year’s Hot Stove League Awards Dinner,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. “We hope that family members and friends of the Hall of Fame inductees and the very deserving local student honorees will enjoy the Sunday afternoon ceremonies and support youth baseball in Union County.”
Tickets for the dinner can be purchased online by visiting www.ucba-nj.org or by downloading and mailing the table registration form to the Union County Baseball Association, Box 176, Fanwood, NJ 07023.
For more information, call Jim Iozzi at 908-917-2523.