The 10th annual EDSAF & Emerson Softball Benefit Tournament will be held this weekend, including games at Emerson Borough on Sunday.
One of those games features a father-daughter coaching battle as Steve Mondadori’s St. Mary’s (Ruth.) team takes on West Essex, coached by Steve’s oldest daughter, Andrea. Game time for Mondo Bowl IX is 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
As always, the tournament benefits Ari Solimando, a 2004 Emerson High graduate and former catcher for Steve, who was paralyzed in an accident back in 2003.
Andrea has held the upper hand on her dad in this rivalry, winning 6 of the first 8 games, including a 6-0 victory in 2012. Steve had previously coached at Emerson Borough before taking the head coaching job at St. Mary’s last season.
“It’s a wonderful day for all of us,” Andrea said. “It’s something we look forward to participating in and it’s obviously for a great cause.”
Ari’s companion and best buddy is her dog, Nexus, who received a special award for the canine’s tireless work. The event also brings awareness to Canine Companions for Independence.