Soft­ball tour­na­ment ben­e­fits Shop With a Cop

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

NORTH EAST — The first soft­ball tour­na­ment and home run derby to ben­e­fit Shop With a Cop Ce­cil County raised $1,250, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers.

Zach Ross, chair­man of the in­au­gu­ral event, said Team eShore won the seven-in­ning ball game while the cham­pi­ons of the home run derby were Marshall Thomp­son and Mandy Holl­man.

Ross, owner of APE Na­tion, a health and fit­ness ap­parel com­pany in Elk­ton, said he put to­gether the soft­ball fundraiser be­cause he be­lieves in the mis­sion of Shop With a Cop.

“It’s a great pro­gram,” he said of the an­nual event that pairs chil­dren in need with a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer to pur­chase toys and clothes for them­selves at Christ­mas. “And it’s re­ally cool to see all the peo­ple out here to sup­port Shop With a Cop.”

There were ven­dors on hand too, of­fer­ing food, re­fresh­ments, health and fit­ness in­for­ma­tion and ap­parel.

Thirty-five peo­ple par- tic­i­pated in the Home Run Derby.

Team eShore played Team In­ferno at the North East Lit­tle League com­plex Satur­day af­ter­noon. Both are ac­tual league teams in lo­cal adult soft­ball ac­tion.

“I play soft­ball and I’ve met a lot of peo­ple over the years,” Ross ex­plained.

One of those peo­ple was Jimmy Russell, pres­i­dent of the Shop With a Cop board of di­rec­tors and a lieu­tenant in the Mary­land State Po­lice.

“Zach heard about the pro­gram and wanted to give back,” Russell said. “He loves soft­ball. It’s his pas­sion.”

An­nette Goodyear, a cor­po­ral in the North East Po­lice Depart­ment, saw the tour­na­ment through her cam­era as the of­fi­cial event pho­tog­ra­pher.

“It was an amaz­ing day and a great idea Zach had,” Goodyear said. “Zach is such a great per­son. He gets along well with ev­ery­one.”

Ross plans to have an­other tour­na­ment next year.

SWAC is one of those pro­grams that Ce­cil County busi­nesses are ea­ger to em­brace, Russell said.

“We are very for­tu­nate the com­mu­nity and the busi­nesses are al­ways look­ing out for us,” Russell said.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

A bat­ter for Team eShore keeps his eye on the ball in Satur­day’s soft­ball tour­na­ment to ben­e­fit Shop With a Cop Ce­cil County.

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