The College of Staten Island baseball and softball programs combined efforts this weekend in hosting their first-ever Baseball/Softball Alumni Game, welcoming back a great collection of individuals for an afternoon softball game played on the College’s baseball field. After the game Alumni were treated to a catered lunch all in the efforts of bridging the gap with the programs and enjoying the great times they shared when in uniform.
“Any time we see our alumni its special, but doing something like this where we actually celebrate the Alumni and make them a valuable part of our day with an event like this is very rewarding,” said CSI baseball skipper Mike Mauro. “It was a fun day and everyone had a great time. We are looking to making this day better and better each year.”
CSI’s Head Softball Coach Stella Porto agreed. “Seeing our former players was a great experience,” said Porto. “Catching up and talking about their careers in industries like nursing, teaching, and sports management, just to name a few, was a proud feeling for me. I’m so glad our athletes are successful in their careers because they credit a lot of their achievements to their athletic experiences here.”
One thing all parties can agree on is that there was plenty of fun to be had. The baseball field was set up specifically for softball with all Alumni dispersed onto teams and getting their fill of play at the plate and in the field. Represented Alumni were as follows: Carolyn Ceverizzo, Kaitlyn Flynn, Chyanne Gilliam, Frank Gugliemo, Anthony Hillery, Danielle Locke, Joe Perotta, Nancy Riches, Danielle Roman, Henry Roman, Jr., Lynn Saunders, Steve Sosa, Christina Tufano, Ralph Tufano, and Jennifer Volpe.
More alumni-inspired events are on the horizon. The College will celebrate its Class of 2016 installment to the Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 27 (www.csidolphins.com/hof), and the Matty White Men’s Basketball Alumni Game is scheduled for Saturday, January 28.