Fairfield’s Hit-a-Thon fundraiser a success

Seniors CJ Hanrahan of Ludlowe and Joey Deutsch of Warde prepare to face off in the final round of play.

Seniors CJ Hanrahan of Ludlowe and Joey Deutsch of Warde prepare to face off in the final round of play.

The Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe High School varsity baseball teams held their inaugural Hit-a-Thon fundraiser event at Warde High School on Sunday, April 24.

The day proved to be fun and successful for all in attendance — families, donors, players, and head varsity coaches Brett Conner of Warde and Mike Francese of Ludlowe, along with their coaching staff.

The competition began with players from each team hitting 15 balls each for maximum cumulative distance and home runs. Coaches called out footage, while parent volunteers quickly calculated totals for each player.

Senior pitcher/first baseman Reece Maniscalco hitting in the quarterfinals.

Senior pitcher/first baseman Reece Maniscalco hitting in the quarterfinals.

The addition of three distinct Gift Card Zones added motivation and an extra element of competition for players, as they attempted to land in these areas to win one of the many gift cards donated by local establishments.

After round one, the top four players from each team proceeded to a quarterfinal round.

Joey Deutsch, Reece Maniscalco, John Natoli and Alex Steele were top four for Warde, while Tripp McGarrie, Matt Grabowski , CJ Hanrahan and Eddie Magi were top finishers for Ludlowe.

Deutsch and Steele moved on to the semifinal round for Warde and Hanrahan and Magi for Ludlowe.

The finale featured Hanrahan and Deutsch going toe-to-toe for the grand prize trophy, with Deutsch emerging as the winner of this inaugural cross-town rivalry event.

Senior catcher C.J. Hanrahan competing in the quarterfinals.

Senior catcher C.J. Hanrahan competing in the quarterfinals.

Players raised money via per-foot sponsorship for their longest ball hit, with all money raised benefitting the Fairfield Warde and Ludlowe High School baseball programs.

Local establishments who generously donated gift cards to the fundraiser included: Chips Family Restaurant, Enzo Pizza & Deli, FlipSide Burger, Dairy Queen, Rawley’s Drive Inn, Pine Creek Deli, Circle Diner, Garden Catering, 16 Handles, Super Duper Weenie, Shack Shack, Batting Cages, and Dunkin Donuts.

In addition to donating gift cards, Red Mango, Saugatuck Sweets and Italian Kitchen also donated banners.

The Reddi Rooster food truck from Stamford was on site with tasty lunch fare for hungry players and onlookers.

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