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Farmingdale Devils Provide July 4th Fireworks

The Farmingale Devils Travel Baseball teams were in action during The 4th of July weekend and provided fireworks in two different states.

 

The 11U Devils won their third tournament this year. They traveled  to Connecticut for the fourth of July tournament. The Devils lost game one on Saturday 7-5 to the Connecticut Defenders and won game two 17-0,The Devils advanced to the playoff round and would meet the Defenders again .The bats were on fire all day led by Big Joe Mcgrath and Nick Franco.The Devils beat the Defenders 11-5 and advanced to the championship to play the number one seed and undefeated Hit Club. The Devils jumped out to 4-2 to lead .The game was tied at 9-9 going to the 6th inning and the Devils would score 2 runs and hold on to win the tournament. The Devils had 52 hits and scored 44 runs,Big Joe had 4 doubles a triple, Nick Franco had 8 hits. Anthony Quatromani 8hits.Matt DiSanti drove in the last run in the championship game. Tim Dorman 6 hits. Patrick Quinn 5 hits and 6 stolen bases. Nick O'Connor 3 hits and 4 stolen bases. Kyle Gaertner 6 hits and was winner pitcher in championship game. Patrick Sanchez was the winning pitcher in semi-final game.

 

The U10 team competed in the Garden City Fourth of July tournament. In the pool play round, they defeated the Elmjack Clippers by a score of 12-2 before squeaking out tight wins over the Plainedge Red Devils 5-4. The offense was highlighted by Nick Disanti 2 RBI double to give the Devils the lead. Michael Bloom went 4 solid innings in relief of Ryan Prisco to earn the win. Next up was a battle with the tough North Bellmore/North Merrick Rebels. Torin Kasselbaum and Nick Disanti had run scoring hits to stake the Devils to a 5-0 lead. The Rebels were shut out by Devil pitcher Nick Napolitano though three, but scratched for four runs in the fourth to close the gap.  Timmy Purack relieved in the 5th and earned the save. In the playoff round the Devils faced a rematch with the Elmjack

Clippers. Gavin Weststock provided 4 innings of solid pitching and the hot-hitting of Michael Bloom and Ryan Prisco staked the Devils to a 4-0 lead. Nothing was easy on this weekend and the Clippers rallied to pull within one in the last inning. Devil Catcher Robert Traitta threw out the potential tying run, stealing a base, then moments later threw off the mask to catch a pop-up to end the game and send the Devils to the championship. In that game the Devils faced the Levittown Rays. The Rays got off to the good start and led 3-1 after the 3 innings. In the fourth inning the Devils exploded for 7 runs, highlighted by a Matt Brandimarte’s 2 RBI double and then Nick Napolitano’s 3 run homer to finish the onslaught. The Rays would not go away however and fought back to within one. Devil pitcher Shane Schwartz entered with the tying runs on base in the 4th inning and retired the side without allowing another run. Schwartz then put the Rays down in order in the 5th and then struck out the final batter on the game to give the Devils the championship. This is the third title this year for the U10 Devils. The Devils are a Farmingdale based not for profit organization that focuses on providing a year round travel baseball experience for kids. Anyone looking for more information or looking to start a U8-U11 team please email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

 

— Submitted by Dan Napolitano


News

At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide

through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

 

If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom

technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools. 

Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9

to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade. 


Sports

Last week, officials with the St. Kilian Saints baseball team inducted John Lombardi and Aaron Powell into their Hall of Fame. 

 

—Submitted by Farmingdale PAL and St. Kilian Baseball 


The 2014 Reilly Cup finals featured the two most successful OTHG teams over the last 9 years. Sal’s Place and Singleton’s have had 11 finals appearances and 7 championships between them during this period of time. They split 2 games during the regular season and Singleton’s became the winner’s bracket representative in the 2014 Cup by beating Sal’s deep in the tournament.

 

Sal’s took the first game 14-7. The game was close until the 8th inning when Sal’s broke it open with some timely hits and taking advantage of a Singleton’s miscue or two.  Sal’s held

Singleton’s to 7 runs with outstanding all-around defense, which was particularly impressive given that some of their significant contributors were visibly fighting through late-season injuries. 


Calendar

Homecoming - October 24

Autumn Fair - October 25

St. Kilian Blood Drive - October 26


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