Mers Pub got off to a real slow start this season going 1-3-1 in the first five games, however they have turned it around late in the season winning their last three games to run their record to 7-6-1. The last two wins were dominating victories with a combined score of 50-6. After blowing out O’Shea’s Pub two weeks ago 23-1, the Mers Men smoked an understaffed Barco Construction team 27-5 in eight innings. Mers was just solid and domineering right from the get-go. The infield play from George Cohan, Joe Girimonte, Al Vasquez, Tom Vella, Joe Fanning, and the always-solid first base play of Jim Filecccia was outstanding and turned a number of nice double plays.
The Farmingdale Xtreme girls’ U-6 tournament team placed first at the Plainedge Father’s Day Tournament. They finished with a record of 3-0. They played teams from HBC, Plainedge and Syosset. The coaching staff is extremely proud of the girls. A special thanks is extended to the Xtreme parents for all their support throughout the spring. (Standing) Coach Steve Kolodny, Londsey Shimborske, Leah Sparacio, Cassandra Kender, Zoe Kolodny, Jenna Turturro and Keleysha Petit-Frere. (Kneeling) Christine Duroseau, Nicole Celeste, Marissa Seyfert and Mckenna Parisi.
The 13U Long Island Braves became the NJBL American Division Summer Champions by defeating the Long Island Baymen in a two-game sweep at Allen Park on Aug. 8. The Braves, finishing in first place for the regular season with an impressive 17-3-2 record in NJBL’s top division, fought off a very powerful Hurricanes squad in the first round of the playoffs at Geise Park earlier in the week before facing the LI Baymen in the finals. Earlier this month, the 13U Braves compiled an overall 5-1 record in the Triple Crown Hudson Valley Elite Series in Newburgh, NY and the Dan Duquette Academy Summer Heat Tournament in Hinsdale, MA. They are scheduled to compete in the upcoming East Coast National Tournament and Labor Day Tournament at the Baseball Heaven Sports Complex.
Kyle Brey, a Howitt Middle School Student and member of the Farmingdale Varsity Golf team, was named the Long Island 2009 Boys Champion and awarded the Lester Rice Trophy. The event was held at Harbor Links Golf Club in Port Washington. Kyle won with a score of 77.
The Braves gave a little bit of a scare in the last inning but the Greendogs held on for a 12-8 win and taking home the title. Coach Rice would like to thank the boys for a great tournament and to Coaches Fred and Matt, as well as the parents for their support all weekend.
On Friday night against a tough Bar Boy squad, Barco again found a way to win; this victory was due to their solid defensive play in earning their 9-5 “W”. Barco held their opponent to 7 runs or less for the third week in a row in winning their 6th straight, improving their record to 10-2. Early in the game Dennis “Gimpy Grandpa” Ryan made a sterling sliding catch setting the tone for a defensive battle between both teams. Barco has been strong up the middle defensively all season and was evident this night as exemplified by Dave Saur’s fine running catch in R/C along with the combination of Russ Graham (SS), Steve Jacobson (2b) and Gary Jambor (P) turning 5 DPs, preventing Bar Boy from mounting any rallies early on and keeping them off the board till the seventh. By then Barco had built a 6-0 lead, scoring in the 1st on Dave Saur’s 2 run double after Dave Ringer’s RBI single and again in the 4th when Bob Diamond and Jim Hose came through with clutch two outs RBI hits to increase Barco’s lead. Bar Boy finally scored, placing two in the 7th, but Barco responded immediately with three more in the 8th on Bob Bergsten’s double and Terry McPartland’s clutch two out single. That provided Barco a needed cushion as Bar Boy added three in the bottom half cutting Barco’s lead to 9-5 heading into the ninth. Fortunately Barco was able to get out of a bases loaded situation without giving up a run to secure another closely contested game. As a footnote to Barco’s win, to the amazement of many, the ball bucket survived for yet another week. It seems Steve Jacobson immediately went into shock after taking a called 3rd strike and didn’t come out of his daze until he was revived on the bench (given a whiff of smelling salts). The team knew something was amiss immediately when he walked back to the bench and calmly sat down.
Congratulations to Farmingdale High School’s Varsity Golf Team. They went undefeated during their 2008/’09 season. With a 14-0 record, the team went on to win the Conference. With two seventh-graders, one sophomore, and three juniors, the Farmingdale golf team won its first county title in the program’s history. With help from Brandon Romano, shooting a 73, the lowest in the Nassau County Tournament for day 2, the team came in first place over Garden City and Port Washington by four strokes at the Eisenhower Park White Course.
Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone (back center) attended the Farmingdale PAL (Police Activity League) Volunteer Scholarship Awards Ceremony. Shown left to right are P.O. Director Maureen Roach, Councilman Macagnone, Vice President Dan Kornfeld and Scholarship Award recipients (front) Kerri Webb, Brianna Lively, Jamie McPartland, Shea Macagnone and Jackie Mazza.
Autocraft jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and never let up beating Changing Times Pub 21-3. Denny “Ace” Oehl pitched a great game, keeping CT off the bases for most of the game. Autocraft used both the small game and the big game this time with a barrage of hits from Dave Rubino, Joe “Mr. Steady” Lutz, Tommy Vanasco, and Brian Landy. The power came as home runs by John Garrity, Bob Huebner, and a bomb by Benny Macchia that landed somewhere near the 12th hole at the Bethpage Black.
Schneider Children’s Hospital (SCH) is one of the unheralded gems on Long Island. On Saturday, May 31 this world world-renowned pediatric hospital’s 25th anniversary was celebrated at the Annual Sports Day. Corporate sponsored softball and volleyball teams and their families gathered at Cantiague Park in Hicksville to enjoy the oceanic blue sky and the comfortable 68-degree morning temperatures.
Orchestrated by the Friends of Schneider Children’s Hospital, the Annual Sports Day is a family fun-filled event that provides corporate sponsored softball and volleyball team tournaments, inflatable rides for the children, sand art, live music, radio station give-a-ways, NY Islander’s Sparky and GEICO’s Gecko, breakfast sponsored by Merritt Bakery and a barbeque lunch.
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