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