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Big Bat Bonanza

Hard-hitting Trojans headed for a

divisional collision with rival Warriors

The Garden City baseball team has been on top of their game all season but their dominance over Conference rival Jericho put the league on notice – these boys can play. Manager Rich Smith has the team playing solid defense to support a strong pitching staff while the bats have been consistent all season. For the season GC has averaged a little more than 8 runs a game while the pitching staff has given up less than 3 runs per seven innings.

A strong indication of how the Trojans have performed was the three game sweep of Jericho. GC outscored the Jayhawks 37-12 in the three game series as Cory Fallon delivered the winning performance in the series finale, while David Butler and Kyle Ritchie won the first two games. The Garden City pitching staff has been excellent this season with lefty Brian LoRusso and Alex Ostermann supporting the starting three with timely contributions.

The Garden City bats were on fire for the Jericho series with Fallon, John Cauchi, Kyle Ritchie, Matteo Lattanzio, Andrew Lobasso and TJ Pallon delivering key hits against the Jericho staff. Throughout the season the Trojans have mixed in the right amount of power, timely hitting and a little small ball to help produce their 13-2 record.

Several dads said in their usual spot behind home plate that it seems that the boys can handle any of the hard throwers that a team like Jericho throws at them, but they appear to have trouble hitting a pitcher with a quirky windup, throws more off speed ‘stuff’ or who is a little erratic in the strike zone.

Garden City did hit a bump in the series opener against New Hyde Park as they lost a heartbreaker 4-3 to end their 12-game winning streak. The Trojans managed to load the bases in the top of the seventh but could not push across the tying run. But the boys did come back with an 11-2 bounce back home victory in the second game of the series behind the strong pitching of David Butler.

As the boys of summer come down the homestretch of the schedule towards the playoffs it looks like they will have to be prepared to face strong competition against conference rival and division leader Wantagh. The Warriors sit atop Conference A-1 and have won 14 straight games this season to remain undefeated in league play.

News

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

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