History of the East Coast Tournaments


It took some researching to put this together, but we did it. To the best of our recollection 3 guys (2 still playing with us - Ralph Mosher & Angie Scarcella - Massechusetts) came down in the late 1990's to Pompano Peach to vacation and play ball.

Also, at about the same time, Frankie Truitt (still playing with us) and Nelson Tobolsky (Delaware) came down. At that time, there were a few teams from out of town along with a few local teams (Bart Grillo formed) that would get together to play.

This lasted from about 1998 to 2000. Between 2001 - 2005 there was a tournament format, and it was referred to as the "Sunshine Seniors Softball Tournament" under Bart Grillo's direction. When Dianne Mosher got involved 2005 - 2006 with Bart, she organized a more serious Tournament and called it the "East Coast Tournament."

It was pretty much status quo for several years. In 2013 Ed Vecchio and Dianne Mosher had several meetings regarding the future of the East Coast Tournament. Finally after several meetings with the City of Pompano Beach, Bart Grillo and others, it was decided that it was in the best interests of all, that Ed Vecchio and Dianne Mosher direct their own Tournament and keep the same name. 2014 was Bart's last year, and 2015 was Ed and Dianne's first year.

The number of teams that have participated in the past are as follows:

    1. 2006    not available
    2. 2007    6 teams
    3. 2008    6 teams
    4. 2009    8 teams
    5. 2010    9 teams
    6. 2011    8 teams
    7. 2012    8 teams
    8. 2013   10 teams
    9. 2014   10 teams
    10. 2015   16 teams  Under new directors with a new format
    11. 2016   32 teams
    12. 2017   28 teams
    13. 2018   36 teams
    14. 2019   46 teams
Thanks to ALL for continuing to make this a great Tournament!!

Edward A. Vecchio
Angie Scarcella
Frankie Truitt