After completing the NJBL 16U American Summer Season in first place with a record of 17-5, the Farmingdale PAL 16U Phantoms headed to the playoffs as the top seed. On Aug. 7, the Phantoms took on the N.Y. Wolfpack at the newly renovated Howitt Middle School field. The Wolfpack had taken the regular season series (2-1) and would be a difficult opponent for Farmingdale.
The Phantoms opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with Anthony Bellacosa and Scott Hilbrandt working their way on base with walks and Mike Catanzaro banged an RBI single. The Wolfpack answered back with two unearned runs in the top of the second and held the lead until Bellacosa opened the bottom of the third inning getting on base and stealing second and third. Hilbrandt brought him home with a booming sacrifice fly to tie the game. The score stayed knotted at two until pitcher Bryan Kaufman led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk and would score the go ahead run on a bases loaded walk to Anthony Pantano.
Farmingdale’s PAL Flag Football league kicked off another season Sunday at Woodward Parkway Field. For the next eight weeks, more than 1,000 boys and girls will play hard, practice good sportsmanship and have some fun all at the same time. Good luck to all the players. Have a great season. Here are some highlights from week one.
Pee Wee 2—The Saints and Steelers engaged in an exciting offensive seesaw battle on Sunday with players on both teams showing determination and great effort. The Saints were led by the stellar play of Josh Behar and Torin Kassenbaum who not only produced all of the Saints’ scoring but made big stops on defense. The last play of the game was a thrilling TD pass from QB Mike Connolly to Kassenbaum.
It’s not too late to register for the inaugural UJA-Federation of New York “Summer’s Not Done” AquaRun on Sunday, Sept. 16, but time is running out and now is the time to sign up.
UJA-Federation of New York will be getting together with the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) to stage the AquaRun, which will be held at the Town of Oyster Bay’s TOBAY Beach in Massapequa, with the starting horn going off at 8:30 a.m.
Farmingdale’s PAL Flag Football league held another successful clinic on Saturday, Sept. 1 for kindergarten and first grade players. Over 70 boys and girls participated in drills. Special thanks go to members of the Daler varsity football team. PAL Flag Football’s opening day is Sunday, Sept. 9 at Woodward Parkway School; the kick off ceremony begins at noon.
Billy Hofacker, of Total Body Boot Camp (TBBC) Long Island, has announced that his boot camp in Farmingdale recently raised $263 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“Inspired by the 2012 Olympics in London, we held our own version,” Hofacker told the Observer.
Congratulations Tommy Dittmeier. The Zwanger Pesiri Radiology (ZP) outfielder is the newest Over the Hill Gang Player of the Week. Dittmeier slammed four hits, drove in four runs and scored three to lead ZP to a 21-9 win over McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home.
It was an all-around good night for ZP and winning pitcher Brian Tinney. The bats were alive and the defense was sharp. After 10 years of nailing runners, you would think outfielder Bino Reverberi’s arm would not be tested very often. Not true. He had three assists Friday, including a laser to home plate from deep in right center field.
Farmingdale Fusion U13 girls’ soccer team won first place at the East End Soccer Tournament in Mastic on Aug. 12.
The 17th hole is considered to be a signature hole of the course. During the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open Championships, which were held at Bethpage Black, a loud and enthusiastic crowd helped to put a New York stamp on those tournaments. Barclays tournament directors are hoping for that same excitement as players arrive at the challenging hole.
On Sunday, Aug. 12, the Farmingdale Greendogs became the 2012 13U National Junior Champs. The Greendogs had a long and grueling summer schedule of baseball, culminating, for the final weekend with a two-out-of-three best championship against the defending 2011 champions, the Baymen of Oyster Bay.
The boys battled through the blistering summer heat both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s first game went to the Greendogs (14-2) while the second game went to the Baymen (3-1), forcing the final game for the championship on Sunday.
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