Custom Cutlery-Themed Trophy and Check Cements New Old Town Versus Del Ray Rivalrous Tradition

James Peugh (Lena’s), Chef Eric Reid (Eat Augies), Bill Blackburn (Pork Barrel BBQ), Heather Peeler (ACT of Alexandria), Sponsors Jason Yates (Yates Corner) and Donnie Simpson (Simpson Real Estate Services), Betsy Micklem (ACT of Alexandria), Trae Lamond (Chadwicks) and Meghan Baroody (Meggrolls). (Photo by Mary Wadland)

Old Town Versus Del Ray Softball Battle Yields Friendly Rivalry and Big Results

ALEXANDRIA, VA–Fast becoming one of the nation’s hottest “foodie” towns, Alexandria, Virginia has a new annual restaurant-related event to book on calendars for decades to come.

2018 Del Ray Softball Team. (Photo by Mary Wadland)

Chefs, servers, bartenders and dishwashers from the neighborhoods of Del Ray and Old Town put down the knives and menus to pick up bats and gloves on May 8, 2018 to fight for the title in the city’s First Annual Del Ray vs Old Town Restaurant Charity Softball Battle.

2018 Old Town Softball Team. (Photo by Mary Wadland)

Today the winners and losers joined sponsors and organizers at Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap, 401 Braddock Road, for the official presentation of the custom-made trophy and $3,000 check benefiting ACT of Alexandria.

Team coaches from Del Ray, Bill Blackburn, and Old Town, Trae Lamond, playfully tug at the trophy lamenting the 10-month wait time until the next game in 2019. (Photo by Mary Wadland)

The trophy was made by hand for the commemoration of the event by acclaimed Torpedo Factory metallurgist and artist, Chris Erney, who conjured cutlery as his muse. The one-of-a kind keepsake “John Porter Cup” will be engraved with the 2018 winners, Del Ray, and be prominently displayed on the shelf at Lena’s until it is challenged at next year’s annual game when the 2019 winners will have a chance to be etched again in local history.