Saturday, July 31, 2004
By Vincent Lewis
Mother Nature has the ability to rain on any parade at will. That was clearly demonstrated several weeks ago when the heavy rain visited Burlington County causing a substantial damage to homes and businesses. Jack Schaub and Tom Wiker from the Medford Lakes Softball League planned to go on with their league and continue their year end tradition by giving back to the community a year end celebration. Over the last 20 years the Medford Lakes Men's Softball league has donated over $30,000 to the MLAA (Medford Lakes Athletic Association). This year, the league will also have a fund drive to give towards the Medford Lakes flood relief fund. The playoffs began last weekend with the championship being scheduled for tomorrow.
Entering the tournament last Saturday as the #4 seed, StewDoggz drew #5 seed Lakes Flakes in the first round. After getting behind 6-2 after 2 1/2 innings, the StewDoggz exploded for 18 runs in their next two at bats. The outburst was sparked by a Dan Schaeffer grand slam way up the tree line in right field which tied the game at six. The 'Doggz kept rolling from that point on and won by a final of 24-15.
Next up was what many thought might be the unofficial title game, pitting the two-time defending champion 'Doggz against the two-time #1seed Nicklebees. Unfortunately for the fans watching (and Nicklebees players too), this game was never really a contest. Thanks to consistent hitting, good pitching, and a stifling defense, the StewDoggz had a 16-1 lead going into the last inning, and ended up a 16-5 winner.
In an effort to continue their contributions to the community, the MLMS League has created a Flood Relief Fund. This fund has been established in an effort to collect funds which will be donated to a community need that has not been given aid by Federal, State or municipal funding. In effect, it will be donated to an overlooked need after all monies have been distributed. Our plan is to grow the fund for up to three years or our goal of $5,000.00 at which time we will make a donation to a needy cause in Medford Lakes. Upon reaching our goal, MLMS will solicit ideas from the community and decide which cause will benefit the most from our donation. We thank you in advance should you decide to contribute to this worthy cause.
Address to send the information and donations to is:
"Flood Relief Fund"
Photos by Mark Fletcher