Softball game benefits Franklin Athletic Association – Times News Online
Published on August 01, 2022 at 11:28 am
The seventh annual Franklin Township Alumni Benefit Softball Game was held Saturday at Christman Field. The Old-Timers Game is a benefit game held this year to raise money for the Franklin Township Athletic Association to make necessary repairs and improvements to the concession stand.
Don Rehrig, one of the game coordinators, explained the Old-Timers game.
“The girls’ program ranges from T-ball all the way up to the 16-and-under team. After the age of 16 they can no longer play, so those 18 and over come back and play the profit game with us. Girls 18 or older who have played in the system can return to play. »
“We have a basket auction,” Rehrig said, “and we’ll be having 50/50 draws during the game. And all the food for the food stand has been donated, so all the money from the food sales goes straight to fundraising.
“Thank you to the Franklin Township Athletic Association for allowing us to use their field and grandstands,” Rehrig said.
Rehrig led the opening ceremony with girls from both teams, along with volunteers Jeff Smith, Ted Garrison, Wayne Wentz and Ron Steigerwalt. Reverend Cliff Eckhart of Blue Mountain Community Church led the prayer and his wife, Reverend Jennifer Eckhart, sang the national anthem.
The first pitch was thrown by Wentz, a volunteer for more than 36 years with the Franklin Township Athletic Association, including 25 years as a coach. Wentz’s wife, Sharon, helped train the First Auxiliary.
Len Hardy was the match referee and Ron Beltz was the announcer.
Those wishing to donate can contact Rehrig at 610-377-5607 or 610-762-9518; Jeff Smith at 610-577-6486; or Tiffany Snyder at 610-762-7974.
Sam Haberman swings at the ball during the Seventh Annual Franklin Township Alumni Benefit Softball Game. See a photo gallery on tnonline.com. JAMES LOGUE JR./SPECIAL AT THE TIMES NEWS
Krista Rehrig presents a game ball signed by team members to Wayne Wentz, who threw the first pitch at the seventh annual Franklin Township Alumni Benefit Softball Game.