Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00
One of six American teams participating in the 10-team Little League Softball World Series (LLSWS), the New Hyde Park All-Stars, are the first Long Island team to participate in this tournament since 1993. NHP continued its unexpected run with an 11-4 first round win over Asia-Pacific on Thursday, Aug. 9 that found the All-Stars banging out nine hits as the team from Makati, Philippines made eight errors. The next day the All-Stars walloped the Canada team 16-0 behind pitcher Melissa Ward’s 3-hitter and an offensive attack that produced 15 hits.
On Sunday, Aug. 12, NHP only scrounged up three hits and were tripped up by six defensive miscues as its Southwest opponent from Albuquerque, New Mexico cruised to a 9-3 victory. Throughout, Stewart Manor’s Katie Tubridy, the team’s youngest player, has made her impact on the basepaths racking up a pair of base-on-balls stealing three bases. The All-Stars bid to advance to the semi-finals was derailed by the West team from Kapolei, HI on Monday, August 13 by a score of 6-1. While the West out-hit the East 9-5, the story of the game was defensive miscues with NHP’s six to Kapolei’s four. On Wednesday, August 15, the New Hyde Park All-Stars wound up clinching fifth place in the tournament, squeaking past the Mexican team representing Latin America by a score of 7-6. The last day of the tournament found NHP wrapping up its final win paced by the hitting of Kayla Fitzpatrick, Melissa Ward, Ann Grimshaw and Gabby Morales, who went a combined 8-for-12.