ROSELLE, NJ - Take me out to the ball game! That what many residents will be doing this Saturday as the Roselle PBA hosts their 1st. Annual Charity Softball Tournament.

The game is set for this Saturday, May 19 starting at 9 a.m. at Warinanco Park. The games will be held at fields 3,7 and 8. In the event of inclement weather, the rain date for this game will be the following Saturday, May 26.

Over twelve teams of police officers, firemen, businesses, and others from all over the area will be participating in the event to help raise money for scholarships for students at Roselle’s Abraham Clark H.S.

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Participating in the event will be Clark PD, Linden PD, Edison PD, Vernon PD, North Arlington PD, Roselle FD, the Bad Hombres, Carribean Rockies, the Hefferan Agency, Tilted Kilt from  Metuchen, Keelen Strong, and Gamers Grit Academy in Kenilworth.  (Gamers is the baseball/softball academy that also runs the PBA's free softball academy on July 10, for Roselle girls.)

The low down of what we do know about these teams. 

  • The Bad Hombres are a group of random players. Not really sure where they are from. 
  • The Caribbean Rockies are organized by member Dave Sheekey of the Roselle FD, so we have been told there's going to be a bit of rivalry between them and the other FD players.
  • Keelen Strong is organized by Stephanie Pilles a teacher at Harrison School.

The teams are playing for two prizes. The A division prize is a $400 gift certificate and the B division prize of a $200 gift certificate both to Central Park Restaurant in Roselle who donated the prizes. Central Park, who will also host everyone from the tournament after the game. 

Sponsors from the community include: Pinho's Bakery, Central Park, Dunkin Donuts, 7-11 on E 1st Ave, Mamichi's Grill, Jardim's, Top Line Appliances, and the Roselle Everett Hatcher Prevention Coalition.  

Outside the community, sponsors include: Gamers Grit Academy, ROAR Organic Beverages, AXA Investment, Peter Paris, Esq. Police Labor Law, Speedy Teez, The Hefferan Agency of American National Insurance, and Tarkett Flooring.

Editors Note: As a source very close to the Fire Department team who has covered a lot of their games between them and the Roselle PD, I predict that they will put up a pretty big fight. If they do not win, they will at least entertain you with their antics. It an event that you do not want to miss! 

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