Home Run Derby - August 6, 2011

Miracle Mashers aim for derby fences


PlymouthObserver, Aug 4, 2011. 


The Miracle Mashers are at it again, and with the success generated last year they are swinging for the fences with the second annual Dale A. Rumberger Home Run Derby to benefit the Miracle League of Plymouth.

Last year's Rumberger derby raised more than just awareness about the up-and-coming baseball community for special-needs children — it also raised more than $5,000.

With that in mind, the Miracle League of Plymouth has put much thought into this year's home run derby. Set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Salem High School's baseball field, the second annual derby is looking to foster a competitive environment for local high school standouts, and a fun, family atmosphere for spectators.

The competitive atmosphere will consist of 18 hitters from nine schools in the Kensington Lakes Athletic Association:

  • Salem: Brett Remirez, Drew Thompson, Scott Devine, and Tommy Rodriguez
  • Plymouth: Tyler Goble, Mike Nadrtowski, and Richard Guglielmi
  • Canton: Ryan Bazner, Chris Perkovich, and Braden Price
  • Northville: Matt Stojkov
  • Novi: Jim Eloff
  • LivoniaChurchill: Daniel Cameron and Ben Matigian
  • LivoniaFranklin: Joe Barczuk and Travis Barnes
  • LivoniaStevenson: Brendon Hayes
  • Hartland: Jake Lowery

Helping create the family atmosphere of the event will be a silent auction including packages such as a “movie package” and “Detroit Tigers” package along with fun events that will take place on the field in between rounds of the derby. The Home Run Derby will also feature tables promoting local businesses and a registration table for the Miracle League of Plymouth.

Miracle League officials are aiming at what they hope will be a successful day at the ballpark to complement its opening day on Aug. 20.