Little Leaguers, York City community leaders to face off at Santander Stadium


York City Little Leaguers and some York-area politicians and community leaders will face off in a game of Wiffle Ball.

York City mayor Kim Bracey will manage a Wiffle Ball game against York Revolution pitcher Rommie Lewis before the Revolution home game on Friday, Aug. 21.

The gates at Santander Stadium will open for Wiffle Ball at 4:30 p.m. The first pitch for the Revs' game is set for 6:30 p.m.

The game is a part of Major League Baseball's "Play Ball" initiative, which encourages participation in the game by boys and girls, as well as participation in regular physical fitness activities. The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) is a chief supporter of "Play Ball," and August 2015 is also "Play Ball Month."

York has been named a "Play Ball City" by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's office. Mayors throughout the country are implementing the initiative with the goal of strengthening the connection between communities and our national pastime. Bracey's team of community leaders will face as group of players from the York City Little League managed by Lewis.

"I encourage our youth to become involved in positive, healthy and fun activities such as baseball. I am excited to support The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Major League Baseball's 'Play Ball' initiative," Bracey said in a news release.

Team Bracey's Brawlers will include: State representative Kevin Schreiber, former Philadelphia Eagles football player Ron Johnson (a York Catholic High School graduate), York City School District board member Sandie Walker; York City public works director Jim Gross; York City business administrator Michael Doweary; York City assistant solicitor Jason Sabol, Legacy Builder Jordan Ray, Legacy Builder LeVaysha Dowling and Bracey's grandson, Brandon.

"Politicians are tough customers, but I've got a team of seasoned baseball players to manage," Lewis said. "I like our chances we're going to be aggressive and swing early in counts and run everything out."