RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Baseball Committee recently hosted the annual Player Appreciation Night at Freedom Park. To kick off the 12 year old All Star Game, Councilman Lou Nisivoccia threw out a ceremonial first pitch to catcher, Darren Laqui.
After the six inning game featuring 22 of the graduating players, athletes and spectators alike indulged in burgers, hot dogs, chicken and snacks generously donated and served by Fuddruckers of Roxbury, NJ. Beverages were provided by High Grade Beverage of Randolph. Entertainment also included balloon artistry and water bottle crafts.
Once players appetites were satisfied, the head coach of Randolph High School Varsity Baseball, Mark Rizzi, threw out three ceremonial first pitches to players representing the various levels of Randolph Baseball. Representing the AAA league was Josh Corsaro. The Minor league was represented by Brooks Koepke and Zachary Moorhouse represented Majors.
Additionally, the 11 year old All Star team from the 2018 summer season was recognized for winning the District #1 and Section #1 championships as well as finishing third in the State Tournament. Several of those players took part in the evening's festivities before displaying their banners to the fans.
The evening's events culminated in the annual player award presentation and much anticipated Home Run Derby. Sixteen of the graduating 12 year olds participated. After four rounds and a bonus Mako round, Cole Cabatic finished first, Nate Frick second, and Max Brown third. All three will compete in a district derby on Saturday, June 8th at Freedom Park. The winner of that event will progress on a path to the Little League World Series Home Run Derby in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
A special thanks goes out to our most generous sponsor, Fuddruckers. Additionally the Randolph Baseball Committee would like to thank Recreation Director Russ Newman, Recreation Assistant Director Steve Eisentstein, the Randolph Township Police Department and members of the Randolph Junior/Senior League baseball program for their help in creating a safe and fun evening for all in attendance. Of course the night would not have been possible without the volunteers of the Randolph Baseball Committee who donated their time throughout the year to make the baseball program and its special events like this all possible.