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Glen Cove Comanchees Storm East Meadow

The Glen Cove Comanchees 9-U and-under travel baseball team recently participated in the East Meadow Memorial Day Tournament. After winning the first three games of the opening round, the Comanchees entered the tournament playoffs as the top seed.

In the semi-final round, Glen Cove took on Plainedge Red, the team that knocked the Comanchees out of the 2008 Babe Ruth Tournament last year. Trailing 1-0 before their first at-bat, following a tremendous catch in left field by Sean Hehn, in the top half of the inning, the Glen Cove boys took their turn at bat. Jared Jackson led off with a long double and Robert Rizzo followed with an RBI single. Christopher Capobianco crunched a double, scoring Rizzo. Sean Maleady singled and Kevin Monahan Jr. drew a walk to load the bases. Hehn knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice and Matthew Ziegen doubled over third base scoring two more runs, giving the Comanchees a 5-1 lead.

Plainedge answered back with two runs in the second and one more in the third inning to cut the lead to 5-4. In the third inning Christopher Capobianco, Maleady and Thomas Paulich all had hits to load the bases. In came their ace pitcher and Monahan drew a walk on a full count to score a run. Ziegen reached on a fielder’s choice scoring another and Michael Capobianco was hit by a pitch putting Glen Cove up 8-4.

Quadir Akines led off the bottom of the 4th getting hit-by-a-pitch, stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored on Rizzo perfect bunt single. Final score: Glen Cove 9 – Plainedge Red 4.

On to the championship versus the West Islip Storm, who were also undefeated going into the final game. Trailing 1-0 in the top of the second inning, the Comanchees ran into trouble, loading the bases on three walks in a row and no outs. Paulich came on in relief in a tough situation and did he perform magic! The first two batters Paulich faced grounded right back to him for force outs at home, followed by a nice fielding play by shortstop Rizzo to third baseman Michael Capobianco for a 6-5 force. Inning over!

In the bottom of the second, Monahan walked and stole two bases on an RBI single but it wasn’t until the bottom of the third inning that Glen Cove really got to West Islip. Brian Shannon walked, Alex Maruca was hit-by-a-pitch and then Akines hit a bomb over the left fielder’s head for a triple, scoring two runs. Daniel Floccari singled Akines in for a 4-1 lead, then stole second and scored on a Rizzo single. Christopher Capobianco reached on a force play, then Maleady singled in Capobianco for a 6-1 Comanchees lead.

Paulich continued to impress by pitching five innings with three strikeouts allowing only one hit and no runs — what a relief effort! The outfield of Floccari, Shannon, Hehn, Jackson, Maruca and Akines did a great job on fielding back-ups and cut-off throws.

Manager Kevin Monahan and coaches Glenn Rizzo and Paul Casale Sr. thanked all of the Glen Cove parents and fans who came out to support these young players.

“They may only be 9 years old, but they make Glen Cove proud game after game!” they said.