Softball and hard cash for a good cause

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Throwing smoke: Team Treyger’s starting pitcher, Mitchell Partnow, and his bat boy and nephew Jonathan Brown are excited to take on Austim Angels in the charity game.
Hey, batter!: Councilman Mark Treyger gives it his all.
Law men: Commanding Officer Captain Taylor and Police Officer Mammon from the 60th Precinct take in the game.
Wave your hands: Pamela Harris of Coney Island Generation Gap celebrates her walk up song as she takes the field for Team Treyger.
On the board: The Coney Island Autism Angels score a run in the first inning, but would ultimatley fall to Team Treyger 10–8.
Brain freeze: Councilman Treyger recieves the ceremonial water dump over his head after his team won the game.

There were angels in the outfield!

Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island) teamed up with the Coney Island Autism Angels for a charity softball game at MCU Park on July 14 to help raise money for the organization, which raises awareness and assists children afflicted with Autism.

“I think it was a big success,” said Mitchell Partnow, the councilman’s chief of staff, who also played starting pitcher for Team Treyger. “We raised a lot of money and it was very fun.”

Team Treyger went on to claim the game 10–8 — perhaps due to a few ringers from the 60th Precinct filling out his squad — but the Autism Angels were the real winners at the end of the night, raising more than $1,300 by selling more than 200 tickets.

“It was such a big hit that we’re in talks to have it again next year,” Partnow said.

After the game, players and supporters were welcomed to a barbecue at Coney Island staple Peggy O’Neill’s, which is no stranger to the Angels, having hosted fund-raising events for the last three years.

“I think it went over great,” said John Imbriale, owner of Peggy O’Neill’s and first baseman for the Autism Angels. “There was a lot of bonding and camaraderie.”

The Brooklyn Cyclones mascot Peewee entertained the children in attendance and local resident and singer Lisette Stennett performed between innings.

“This was a great game and a memorable evening for a truly worthy cause,” said Treyger. “It is great to know that our hard work and efforts will directly benefit families and children throughout the community.”

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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