Waterford softball tournament takes place in memory of car crash victim – New York News










WATERFORD, N.Y. >> Hallie Czajka earned game ball for Guilderland’s softball tournament team after Sunday’s championship win because of her positive attitude.

“She had that kind of positive spirit throughout the entire tournament no matter what the bumps and bruises and the bad hops and the good hops,” said her coach Thomas Kachadurian. “She continued to maintain a very positive attitude and picked her teammates up, so I think that’s a great reflection of what the tournament is about is to preserve and always pick those up around you who might need it.”

Eight teams competed in Waterford Little League’s first annual Paige Ahearn Memorial Softball 8-U Tournament this weekend.

Paige Ahearn died last October in a car crash. Jessica Bellerose, of Troy, pled guilty to felony counts of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated in March.


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“It just means so much that these kids playing we keep her memory alive. We’re having fun,” said Paige’s uncle Nathan Barton. “The parents have been great, the coaches have been great, so it really represents what she meant to this community, and it was just giving back. It’s been really special.”

Guilderland has played in tournaments before. But this tournament was different.

“It’s really been uplifting and eye opening. Getting involved with the tournament the girls didn’t really understand why we were doing what we’re doing. They just thought it’s another tournament,” said…

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