The Comanchees played in a great tournament in Alaska, against strong teams from all around the United States: Arizona, California, New York and Alaska. This was one of the hardest ones the boys played in because they were the youngest team in the tournament. They opened up against an Alaskan team, West Post. Anthony Carrotta got the call, pitching five strong innings with 3 strikeouts, 4 hits. The teams were tied 1 to 1 in the 5th inning when the Comanchees got a break on an error, which opened the door to a 10-1 victory. The team did make 4 errors, but they were able to win this one.
Game 2 vs. Diamond Baseball. Donnie Daniels pounded 4 hits, 1 RBI, 2 runs. Josh Reesman went 2 for 2 with a walk; 3 runs scored. Paul Casale went 2 for 3 with a walk, Jeff Denlea was 2 for 2 with an RBI, Frank Carrotta had 2 hits, 2 RBIs, Robert Tartaro had 2 hits, 3 RBIs and Drew Isaacson walked 3 times, scoring 2 runs. Richie Nelson shut them down with 5 Ks, 4 hits, and 3 runs in a 13-3 win.
Game 3: Alaska Best in the East with Anton Maxwell on the mound. He has thrown the ball up to 91 mph and the pro scouts were in the stands to watch him shut New York down. The team jumped on the Comanchees early in the top of the 1st when S.S. Cory Madding hit a bomb over the fence. They were one of the best hitting teams the Comanchees have ever faced. Going into the bottom of the 6th inning, Glen Cove trailed 5-3. Maxwell had 10 strikeouts but was starting to struggle. Londell Wheeler started things off with a solid hit after 2 walks. Paul Casale (2 hits, 2 RBIs) singled and Donnie Daniels doubled (2 hits, 3 RBIs) putting New York up 8-5. Danny Matazuk came on in the 2nd inning to shut them down the rest of the way, striking out 7 with 3 hits, 2 walks and 1 unearned run. Dave Malinowski caught a great game, stopping a team that was born to run, allowing only 1 stolen base. This changed the whole game around.
Game 4 vs.the Twins was a 13-7 victory. Josh Reesman pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up 6 runs, 4 walks, 3 hits, all earned. In came Robert Tartaro to save the day pitching 3 2/3 allowing 5 walks, 5 hits, and 1 run. T.J. Rodriquez had 2 key hits, 1 RBI. Jeff Denlea, 2 hits, 2 RBIs, 2 stolen bases, stealing home. Londell Wheeler singled, tripled, sac fly and 3 RBIs. Dave Malinowski kept a rally going with a big hit.
The championship vs. California was a heartbreaking 7-5 loss. Antonio Rodriquez pitched 4 innings, 3 Ks, giving up 6 runs, only 3 earned. Danny Matuzak pitched 2 innings. The pitchers did great, but had no field help as the Comanchees made 4 big errors which turned this game around.
Leading the team in hitting were: Donnie Daniels .500 in 14 at bats, Jeff Denlea .556 in 9 at bats, Frank Carrotta .455 in 11 at bats, Paul Casale .417 in 12 at bats and Antonio Rodriquez .444 in 9 at bats. Batboy Joey Casale and Bull Penn catcher Matt Matuzak worked hard all tournament long, in and out of the dugout. It was a blessing for the Comanchees to have them along.
Paul Casale Jr. won the tournament's Gold Glove MVP Award with 14 assists and 6 putouts, no errors.
Following the tournament, the team took a cruise to Prince William Sound to see 26 glaciers, which is one of the most spectacular sights in the world and something they will never forget.
The team had this to say, "Thank you so much to everybody that supported us. Thank you Marvin and June Isaacson and Pat Nelson. If not for all of you guys, this dream would not have come true. This team has been blessed to have such great supporters. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. To Pat Malinowski, nobody does a finer job with photography. Every time we look at the pictures we will thank you."
Congratulations to a great group of young men who made Glen Cove proud!