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This Week in Giants Baseball: September 23, 2010

The Glen Cove Giants began their fall baseball season on Sunday, Sept. 19 at home against the Ozone Park Dukes with a twilight doubleheader, sweeping both games 13-0 and 11-1. The Giants were well rested having played their last tournament ball four weeks earlier in Reading, PA.

The Giants had recruited a few additional players since their last tournament as six Giants had returned to college. Joey Fiorino led off the game for the Giants and hit a grounder to the Dukes third baseman’s back hand. The ball was bobbled and Joey’s after burners kicked-in to reach safely. Eamonn Boyd dug-in and hit a sharp grounder to the SS who could not make the play and the Giants had first and second with no outs. After the Dukes pitcher settled in and got two outs, Fiorino raced home on a passed ball to give the Giants the lead, which they would never relinquish.

Spencer Bilello took the ball for the Giants and proceeded to strike-out nine Dukes while only allowing one hit. Spencer’s fastball was blazing in the pleasant fall evening, and with his curve ball, he kept the Dukes batters off balance.

The Giants bats may have been off for four weeks, but they came alive to score 13 runs. Boyd had two doubles and scored three runs, Chris Theodoro, John Spellman and Danny Grabowski also collected two hits apiece. Spellman, returning to the Giants for his second fall season, blasted a double to right center, collecting an RBI and Grabowski drove in three Giants. Gary Alaimo making his Giants debut in right field made a tremendous play going back on a well hit ball to retire the Dukes in the third inning. Gary also collected two walks and an RBI. Bilello helped his cause with an RBI single. Denis O’Regan making his Giants debut also collected a single. Joey Fiorino behind the dish for the Giants gunned out a Dukes runner trying to steal second, with Theodoro slapping the tag down.

In game two, which was the Giants 50th game of the season, the Giants sent Bobby MacDonald to the hill, throwing to Nick Pedraita. This was Nick’s third game of the day, having previously played two games with the Long Island Indians and Nick was heard to say in his best Ernie Banks impression, “It’s such a nice day, I think I’ll play three.” Nick did a great job at framing the pitches and calling the game.

MacDonald was on, striking out 9 Dukes, including the side in the second and third innings. MacDonald allowed only two hits and threw an efficient 73 pitches. Joey Fiorino, able to play just about anywhere in Joel Youngblood fashion, moved to first base for the night-cap and went 2-3 with a double and RBI. John Spellman went 2-3 with a triple and two RBI’s. Denis O’Regan collected two more hits, drove in a run and made a nice play moving to his left in the field. Grabowski and Alaimo each collected another base hit in the second game, with Alaimo driving in a run on a sacrifice fly. The final score was Giants 11 and the Dukes 1.

In giving the post-game summary, Coach Paul Zimmer stated that the Giants are “loaded with speed. These boys, Spellman, Alaimo, Boyd and Fiorino can run with anyone and should score a lot of runs this fall.”