The Farmingdale 13-year-old Babe Ruth team won the Eastern Division and made it to the final four in the playoffs. This team was assembled at the last minute with a managerial change a week before the first game and never had a practice together. Even with no practices they still came out with their bats blazing and beat the Huntington Saints, 16-0, in the season opener.
The key to their success was strong pitching by Sean O'Malley, Sean Ficken and a great relief by Jason Block, who came in at many tough spots to shut the door. The hitting of Kyle Melkonian (.472), Tommy Onorato (.420), O'Malley (.386), Matt Schwartz (.379), Ficken (.300), Brian Alfeiri (.300), Derek Ryan (.297) and Mike Bendik (.286) with Block leading things off with a solid .278 batting average and leading the team in walks with 20, helped make the pitchers' jobs a lot easier. Also playing solid ball were Brian Schreiner, Brendan McKenna, John Brosnan, Brendan Lazarus, Colin Gonzalez and Derek Jones.
This team showed they were not ready to lay down after a first playoff loss to Wantagh and going into the loser's bracket. The next day Ficken pitched a complete game against Bethpage giving up no earned runs and only five hits in a 9-1 victory. Strong hitting by Onorato (3 hits) Schwartz (3 for 3), Alfeiri (2 hits) and O'Malley (2 hits) were the key to this victory.
The following game O'Malley gave the gustiest pitching performance of the year with 11 strikeouts (most of them coming at key points in the game) in a seesaw game against the second-place Hicksville team. The hitting of Schwartz (1 home run and 1 triple), Onorato going 3 for 3 and a big hit by Ryan to drive in the winning run helped cap an 8-6 victory. Even with the loss to Plainview to end the season, the team has a lot to look forward to next year. Manager Cliff Ficken congratulates the kids on a great season and thanks the coaches and parents for all their support.