Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00
On July 19, Nassau County Bravest Softball Team won a charity softball tournament to benefit Nicky “Bird” Frichionne, a retired US Border Patrol Agent who suffered a serious head injury after being struck in the head by a softball while pitching earlier this year.
Following the accident, Frichionne spent a month in a coma and has a long road to recovery with mounting medical expenses. The tournament was put together to raise money to help the family while showing support for Frichionne within the softball community.
The tournament, held at Baldwin Park, was received tremendous support and was a great success. A number of teams played within two brackets –an over 50 bracket and an open bracket – with Nassau County’s Bravest winning in the open age group category. Additionally, third-baseman Mike Conklin, chief of the Roslyn Rescue Fire Department, was named MVP for his clutch hits and great defense, including some key double plays.
The Nassau County Bravest Softball Team is comprised of fireman from throughout the county and was founded by Dan Iglesias, ex-chief of the Carle Place Fire Department. This was the second tournament of the year for the Bravest, who, in April, took part in Playball for Miracles in Elizabeth, NJ. The team is also planning to play in the 3rd Annual 9/11 Memorial Tournament in Queens on Sept. 9 (in the past they have placed second and fourth in this competition) and the Knights of Columbus 9/11 Memorial Tournament, which will take place Sept. 11 through Sept. 13 in Washingtonville, NY.