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Annual kickball tourney benefits McKeesport charities

| Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, 4:16 a.m.
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The Perciavalle family -- Diana, Riley, T.J. and Anthony -- are grateful to have support from friends and neighbors for the Friends of Diana organization that was formed in to aid in her fierce battle with lung cancer.
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McKeesport firefighter Bruce Drye Jr., who served as referee during Saturday's tournament, approaches Joey-O Foundation president Joe Osinski at the grill to toast a bun for his hamburger lunch.
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After a game of slip-and-slide, Lynn Bellinotti, Becca Tomovcsik and Kris Jackson shake off layers of mud in the infield.
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As the McKeesport firefighters take on Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin's Court Jesters, firefighter Rob Patterson and Martin go head-to-head over a call.
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McKeesport K9 officer Bob Eastman catches flak from fellow players Brandon Reed, JeanineCegelski and Jim Reed for letting a Sewer Rat reach first base.
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Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport superintendent Chuck Schultz is baffled by a call during the Sewer Rats' early game against McKeesport police.
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Backed up by his son Josh, Fire Department of North Versailles Chief Jeff McNeill throws the ball to home plate.
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Anna Osinski, 11, of McKeesport; Courtney List, 15, of McKeesport; and Olivia Lane, 6, of North Huntingdon Township draw the winning ticket for a 50/50 raffle.
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Playing on the Friends of Diana's Di-Monds team, McKeesport councilman Keith Soles watches the ball as he heads to first base.
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Chance Wojtaszek, 9, of McKeesport -- one of the youngest players to take part in Saturday's tournament -- makes a solid kick, allowing fellow players to score for the McKeesport firefighters team.
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Dave Gillie, sporting a Duck Dynasty chic wardrobe on the field, is encouraged to run for second base by fellow Sewer Rats player John Altmiller.
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On the Court Jesters team, Kevin Falk coaches11-year-old Zack Martin on a throw to second base.
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Ryan Mursch and Jayson Hoffman encourage fellow players on the McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service team to run the bases.
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As Rob Wojtaszek scores the winning run for the champion McKeesport firefighters team, he is tackled and congratulated by fellow players including Capt. Jeff List and 10-year-old Colton Kovach.
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On the McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service team, Alexis Holman gets game tips from first base coach Mike Pasko.

McKeesport firefighters raised nearly $6,000 Saturday at their third annual kickball tournament to benefit local charites.

Proceeds of this year's event will benefit the Joey-O Foundation for Autism Awareness, which was formed by the Osinski family to fund programs that serve individuals with special needs, and Friends of Diana, which focuses on lung cancer awareness and supports Diana Perciavalle in her battle with the disease.

Weather turned the tournament into a single-elimination event, with McKeesport firefighters taking home the title after defeating the Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport's Sewer Rats in the championship game. Other teams were Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin's Court Jesters, Friends of Diana's Di-Monds, McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service, McKeesport Police and the Fire Department of North Versailles.

“I want to thank everyone for coming out in the conditions we had today,” McKeesport fire Capt. Jeff List said, referencing steady rains that turned Long and Schettino fields into pools of mud at Renziehausen Park. “I hope everyone had a good time. We raised a lot of money for two great causes.”

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or jvertullo@tribweb.com.