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Yorktown Little Leaguers, Police do Battle in Charity Baseball Game

Luke Esposito warms up by chasing Pikachu around the field. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
The Yorktown Brawlers and the Yorktown PBA before the game Credits: Brian Marschhauser
Tom Pomposello, aka “Justin Case,” suits up for the U12 team. We might have to take a closer look at that birth certificate... Credits: Brian Marschhauser
Town justices Gary Raniolo and Sal Lagonia served as umpires. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
PBA President Lawrence Paniccia steps up to the plate. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
A little leaguer fires the ball to first base. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
Mahopac resident Joseph Noblie, who attended Camp Sunshine, throws out the first pitch. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
Raffaela Cicchetti sings the national anthem. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
Sergio Esposito, little league coach and vice president of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce; Eric DiBartolo, president of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce; and Dr. Rodd Stein Credits: Brian Marschhauser
Jimmy Rae is ready to fire one in. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
The Yorktown Heights Volunteer Fire Department flies Old Glory above the baseball field. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
Alessia Solla, Lucy Von Lahndorff, Julianna Rae, Michael Rae and Hailey Riordan sell treats to send local kids to Camp Sunshine. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
Jack Mannion, Jimmy Rae, Brendan Whitton and Luke Esposito Credits: Brian Marschhauser
Laura Plotnick and Carole Esposito man the grill. Credits: Brian Marschhauser

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Police Department and the U12 Yorktown Brawlers squared off Saturday in a charity baseball game at Legacy Field.

Money was raised to send Yorktown children to Camp Sunshine, a Casco, Maine, facility that provides a year-round retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The fundraiser was organized by Sergio Esposito, Dr. Rodd Stein and the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce. It was the second year of the charity baseball game.

Esposito said it costs about $2,500 to send one child and their family to the camp for a week. As of press time, the fundraiser netted nearly $10,000, enough to send four kids to the camp. All money raised at the game will be donated directly to Camp Sunshine and earmarked for Yorktown children. Candidates will be chosen through local hospitals. Additional donations can be made at

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Yorktown town justices Sal Lagonia and Gary Raniolo served as umpires for the game. Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace served as coach and Police Chief Robert Noble provided play-by-play. The Yorktown Heights Volunteer Fire Department also came to the game and used its ladder truck to fly Old Glory above the baseball diamond.

The game ended in a tie, 8-8.

Rita’s donated two tubs of Italian ices, Frankie and Augie’Z donated 25 pizza pies, Turco’s donated 120 hamburgers, Little Sorrento donated a grill, and Burger King donated $10 gift cards and 15 cases of water.

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