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Softball tournament in memory of murder victim draws supporters

Union Leader Correspondent

August 18. 2018 8:39PM
Participants in the second annual Jenna M. Pellegrini Memorial Softball Tournament pose for a photo Saturday. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)

BARRINGTON - Eleven teams turned out to play in the second annual Jenna M. Pellegrini Memorial Softball Tournament Saturday.

Pellegrini, of Barrington, is one of two women killed in a double murder in Farmington on Jan. 27, 2017. Christine Sullivan, 48, was the other woman killed.

Pellegrini's father, Michael, who organizes the co-ed tournament, was pleased with Saturday's event, held on what would have been his daughter's 34th birthday.

"I love it. It was great," Pellegrini said of seeing family, friends and community members out on the Smoke Street fields.

Pellegrini said Two Wrongs Make a Right Bakery in Rochester donated a large sheet birthday cake for everyone to enjoy in Jenna's memory.

Jason Walsh, of Douglas, Mass., works with Michael Pellegrini and plays in two softball leagues. He participated in the tournament to raise money for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and Drug Free NH.

Walsh believes it is imperative to end violence against women.

"A man should not touch a woman," Walsh said.

Jenna's cousins Courtney and Ashley Durocher, of Taunton, Mass., played on Team Jenna Marie against Pellegrini and Walsh's team.

Jenna's half-sister, Nicole St. Hilaire, was the captain of Team Jenna Marie, Pellegrini said. Half-brother Josh St. Hilaire played first base.

Pellegrini said USA Softball of New Hampshire donated the balls and provided the umpires. There was a 50/50 raffle, 40 items donated for prizes and 18 team sponsors.

Lee Circle Grocery on Wheels served food and donated 20 percent of their proceeds to the cause, Pellegrini said.

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