Great Day All Around
By Heidi Monahan
The 7th Annual John J. Monahan Softball Tournament took place last Saturday in Broad Channel. The tournament was a great success in raising close to $3,000 for the BCAC.
Once again, it was Roxbury's 26 Heads who won the tournament. They were led by outstanding pitching from the MVP of the tournament Craig Stathis and great hitting throughout the day. They defeated the Daggers and friend in the championship game. The Daggers came in second place, which gave the Golden Glove honors to Joey Doyle for his handy work on the field. I would like to thank all the teams and individuals who came down bright and early to play including- The Mudsharks, Jack Allen's Roundballs, Sal's Waterview Car Care team, the firehosue team, and the Cardinal-Mugger connection.
A special thanks goes to Charlie and Donna Howard from the Bay Gull Store, for donating the jackets for the winning team.
I would also like to thank all our generous sponsors: O'Mac Grocery, Tommy's Pizza, All American Deli, Bay Breeze Marina, Channel Food, Channel Oil, Sports Depot, Grassy Point, Jerry Scanell and the 70th Precinct, The Beach Club, The Bay Gull Store, Call-A-Head, Century 21, Crown Trophy, Elf w/Queens Tattoo, Jilly's Sports, the Glade Family, The Raisins, Patrick Haning w/Prudential, the Royal Court and the grandchildren of John J. Monahan.
Another special thanks goes to Bobby "Chopper" O'Gara and Kenny Grey for umpiring the games. It certainly is not an easy job but they continue to do it every year for us. Thanks to the Wave for running our ad and this article. There are many more individuals who helped during the day: Big & Lil' Leo Chavanne, Robbie Gallagher, Bobby Steiner, Kenny for organizing the tournament and all of my family and friends who had to put up with me for the past 2 weeks. I appreciate all the help because I couldn't have done it without all of you!
This year, we missed dearly a key inspiration and friend to all of us in Claire Hanning. She was an avid supporter of the tournament and the BCAC. She was also a great motivator for others and myself. She will remain in our hearts forever. Even though she wasn't there, her presence was certainly felt. We hope to see you all next year when it comes around again.