August 29, 2021, Riders Field, Frisco TX
American League Sweeps National in NTABL Charity All-Star Tilts
Submitted by Courtney Krauss (Photos courtesy of Roy Rice)
On August 29th, the North Texas Amateur Baseball League (NTABL) and its non-profit foundation held their 10th Annual Charity All-Star Games benefiting Scottish Rite for Children. The event went off amazingly. Our donors, sponsors, friends, and family contributed big time to the great work of the Scottish Rite. If you recall the Scottish Rite medical team treats kids regardless of their ability to pay.
The day was fun-filled including four games, American vs. Nationals in each of the four NTABL divisions: Legacy 55+, Masters 45+, Veterans 35+, and Open 18+. In addition, folks who entered the park were offered extra opportunities to donate. Visitors could get a t-shirt, join a raffle, float the lazy river, and even kids could run the basepath, all for a modest donation. The Americans took all four contests.
Game one featured the Legacy 55+ All-Stars. The Legacy American Division coached by Gerry Mecca defeated the National Division led by Jerry Casteneda. The winning pitcher was Jim Schreiber of the Cubs, and the MVP was Glynn Solomon of the Dallas Astros.
In the second game featuring the Masters 45+ All-Stars, the American Division coached by JT Crossley defeated the National Division led by Daniel Washington. The winning pitcher, AND MVP, was Troy Key of the Cardinals.
In the third game featuring the 35+ All-Stars. The American Division, coached by Kevin Simmons, defeated the National Division led by Chris Cec. The winning pitcher was Brent Smerczynski, and the MVP was David Brounoff of the Rookie Leagues Uptown Grays.
After game three, Courtney Krauss, who led the NTABF fundraising effort and Anthony Cass, President of the NTABL handed Ashley Givens, representing the Scottish Rite, a check which at the time reached “a new record $33,000” according to Cass. “We set a goal of $35,000 and will beat it. We already have a gate of several thousand dollars that’s not been counted.” Cass said confidently.
Finally, the nightcap featured the 18+ All-Stars. The American Division coached by James Hardt defeated the National Division led by Mark Green. The winning pitcher was Miguel Livingston of the Oak Cliff Pelicans, and the MVP was Weston Montgomery of the North Dallas Brewers whose effort was highlighted by a 2-run bomb to Left.
But the big winner was, of course, the Scottish Rite for Children. The all-day event ultimately raised over $40,000 for the hospital. “We couldn’t be prouder of Gerry Mecca and the men and women of the North Texas Amateur Baseball League and the foundation who runs the daily charity activities” shared Ashley Givens. We can’t wait for ’22.”
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