MADISON, NJ - The excitement and buzz grew steadily over the spring season in anticipation of the annual Mayors Cup between Madison and Chatham. The championship games finally arrived during the last week before the school break much to the excitement of young fans from both towns.
The 4th installment of the Mayors Cup resulted in three excellent games played in perfect weather conditions with fans out in full force to support their teams.
The Mayor’s Cup tournament is a season ending tournament between the recreational league spring champions from Madison and Chatham. Madison continued their recent run of form to sweep Chatham in three hard fought games.
Chatham Township’s Mayor, Curt Ritter, and Madison’s Mayor, Robert Conley, added their support to the event by attending the games and throwing out the first pitch at the Rosedale and Dodge venues.
The crowd was treated to excellent renditions of the national anthem by Aileen Bergin and Kathryn McManus who are both students at Madison High School.
The AAA division (9 & 10 year olds) saw Madison’s Rangel Dental shut out Chatham’s Pascarella Brothers Deli to win 6 – 0. This is Madison coach Brian McGuire’s 2nd Mayor’s Cup victory after his team won the AAA championship game last year in Chatham.
The Majors game (11 & 12 year olds) saw a number of big hits from both teams with Rotary from Madison winning the battle 14 – 6 against RJ O’Brien from Chatham in front of a large group of supporters at the Sonny Vitale Memorial Field.
The Junior’s game (13 & 14 year olds) was played in perfect weather conditions at Madison’s Dodge field. Madison teams continued their strong showing with Anchor Golf playing well to beat Arminio’s Pizza from Chatham 11- 3.
Ken Waer, Madison Little League president, presented the Mayor's Cup to 'Rose City' Mayor, Robert Conley.
Madison’s Gary Harvett and Chatham’s Dana McClintock came up with the idea for an inter-town tournament four years ago. The contest was designed to drive interest and excitement in baseball while leveraging the strong, friendly rivalry between the neighboring towns. The event is continuing to grow in popularity, with a large number of spectators coming out to support their local teams, and is becoming a regular fixture during the last week of the school year.
Everyone is eagerly awaiting next years event which will be held at Chatham's Shunpike fields. Tim Patterson, the coach for the Chatham Juniors team, Arminio's Pizza, has a great perspective of the event: “This is a fun event and a great new tradition for our towns. It brings excitement and awareness to a game that we all obviously enjoy greatly. This game gives our boys an opportunity to be little ambassadors for the game. Everyone wants to win but I think there is a bigger purpose for this event."