As the U.S. Open fades to “Black”, two questions crossed everybody’s mind. Would Ricky Barnes hang on for victory and would Granny O’Shea’s Pub win their first game of the year?
Ricky Barnes shot an 8 under par heading into the final round of the U.S. Open at Bethpage. Meanwhile, O’Shea’s led off with a run in the first at Allen Park as Andy Cohen and Lenny Balestrieri singled and Don Carlin knocked in the run with a 9 iron sac fly. Lockie & Nowachek Family Chiroprators answered back with 3 runs to take the lead in the second. From holes five through twelve of round 4, Barnes had a tough stretch and bogeyed 6 times to lose the U.S. Open lead. O’Shea’s scratched out 1 more run in the 3rd as Mike Hadnagy and Bill Gonzalez got on the green and Andy Cohen stroked an RBI single but Grannys was still behind 3-2. With the game on the line, Barnes birdied the 13th hole to get back into the thick of the Open competition. Walter Hasemann and Gary Innes singled for Grannys as Mitchell Maghakian sank a putt for 2 more runs. With the score now 4-3 in favor of Grannys, Bob Kirk and Gary Innes plugged up the fairway with some crucial double plays to keep the strong lineup of Lockie & Nowachek in the rough. Bob Thompson threw 7 “par-fect” innings after the 2nd and Kirk teed off a solo shot down the left center fairway ensuring O’Sheas a victory, 5-3. Unfortunately Ricky Barnes couldn’t hang onto his lead as he dropped to 2 under par, but underdog Lucas Glover stayed steady at the end to capture the U.S. Open at 4 under par. Congratulations to Glover on his victory, to Barnes who set the pace and fought hard, and to O’Shea’s on their win.
The St. Kilian Saints and the LI Cyclones faced off for the second time this spring. The Cyclones took a 7-0 lead after three innings and led 10-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Saints would score four runs in the bottom of the seventh and a third in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at 10. With one out and the score still tied Jonathan Smalkin came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning. Jonathan hit a line drive that found the hole between shortstop and third base for a base hit. Jonathan would steal second and on a daring attempt stole third base. With the count 2-2 the Cyclones pitcher threw a wild pitch, Jonathan broke for the plate and slid under the tag for the game winning and first place clinching run. The win clinched 1st place for the Saints in the 2009 NCT Spring season.
Final Score: Saints 11, Cyclones 10. Other Saint notables: PJ Spadalik with three hits, three runs scored, three stolen bases and three-and-on-third solid pitching to keep the Saints in the game. Keith Albert two shutout innings on the mound to earn the win, Nico Rivera two hits, one RBI and some solid defense, Nick Panza clutch run scoring double and two solid innings on the mound.
Applications are now available and online registration is now open for the 2009 Arrow Exterminating Company Long Island Women’s 5 Kilometer Run, and women runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are cordially invited to participate.
This will be the 26th anniversary edition of the Run, which is Long Island’s only running event that is for women only, and it will be held on Saturday, July 18 starting and finishing at the Woodward Parkway Elementary School in Farmingdale.
It was the fourth straight year the Lady Dalers made it to the state championship tournament. After a semifinals loss in 2006 and losing in the finals in 2007 and 2008, when will it be their turn? No Daler lacrosse team -boys or girls - has ever won the state championship, but they have lost in the finals. The Lady Dalers had to play the West Genesee Wildcats in the semifinals. The Wildcats have defeated the Lady Dalers in the last two finals.
You could tell this would be a tough game. It was almost 10 minutes into the game until the first goal, by the Wildcats on a free position shot at 14:51. The Wildcats were winning the draws, picking up the loose balls and knocking the balls loose from the Lady Dalers sticks. Sloppy passing was also hurting the Lady Dalers. And one thing not in their control was the calls by the referees. It seemed every call was against them. At the end of the first half, the Wildcats held the Lady Dalers’ offense to only three goals. It was 5-3. The Lady Dalers would have to regroup and play better if they wanted to advance to the finals.
After defeating the Massapequa Chiefs 14-6 in the Nassau County Class A Championship game at Hofstra on June 2, the Lady Dalers defeated the Northport Tigers 13-12 at Hofstra last Saturday to capture their fourth straight Long Island Class A Championship.
Against Massapequa, Melanie Raso’s goal with assist by Janine Hillier, the Lady Dalers started their scoring drive within the first minute of the game. Hillier would score 30 seconds later, for a 2-0 lead. Kelly McPartland would score twice to put the Lady Dalers up 4-0, and Massapequa would call a much-needed timeout. The Lady Dalers’ defense of Brittany Hushion, Tara Coyle and Regina Bates held the Chiefs to just one goal in the first half, and they were up 6-1.
On Thursday, May 28 the Dalers Lacrosse team took on Baldwin at Hofstra in the Nassau County Class A Semifinals. In a close game Joe Celano tied it up 6-6 with nine minutes left in the game. Baldwins defense kept the Dalers offense away from the cage.
Autocraft got back on track with a 23-10 win over a revitalized Lacorte Family Auto Service. Rich Dargie was rock solid on the mound with some fantastic defensive efforts behind him. John Garrity was terrific at short turning several double plays with Aldo Balducci at second.
The 2009 Varsity Lady Dalers continued its quest for an undefeated season as they played seven games this past week and won them all. The Lady Dalers, under the direction of Coaches Laura Malone and Brandon Oppenheim, are Conference Champions of AA –III. They are the only undefeated team out of 57 programs in Section VIII. The Lady Dalers finished with an 18-0 record overall. Pitchers Stephanie Ringbauer had eight shut outs and Nicola DeVine added one during the season. The offense produced 211 runs and defense gave up only 29. Playoffs begin on May 21, they are ranked 12th.
The Farmingdale High School JV softball team won their last five games to complete their season finishing undefeated with 17 wins. Playing five games in five days they beat Port Washington 14-1, Hicksville 3-0, Uniondale 19-0 and Herricks 12-0 and 6-1. As she did in every game of the season, sophomore Tori Kornfeld (17-0) pitched them to victory. She threw her second no-hitter of the year versus Herricks (allowing just one walk and striking out 13). She also one hit Uniondale and Hicksville (her fifth and sixth of the year). She received tremendous hitting support from the team all year. Hitting stars in the Uniondale game were: Denise Dessel (4-5), Hannah Soluri (3-4), Nicole Hayden (3-4) and Tori Kornfeld (3-4). In the Herricks game Amanda Rivera and Hayden went 2-2 with Soluri and Kornfeld providing key doubles. The team, under the leadership of Coach Jacqui Passante scored 228 runs and let up just 11. They had eight shutouts and held their opponents to only one run, six times).
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