Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00
Playing on a 90-foot field for the first time and playing up an age level at 13-U did not slow down the Glen Cove Comanchees Travel Baseball team’s winning ways this fall.
After a great fall season record in the Nassau County League, the Comanchees received a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Their first playoff opponent was a tough Long Island Indians squad. The Comanchees bats were on fire and it turned out to be a one-sided slugfest. The hitting stars were Thomas Paulich (four-for-four with three runs scored and two RBIs, including four stolen bases), Peter Nikolis (two hits and two RBIs) stealing home twice, John Luzynski (two hits, two runs, one RBI) and Brian Wright (double, four RBIs). Thomas Mavros picked up the win, pitching four innings, allowing no hits and only one run.
On to the championship game immediately following, the Comanchees faced off against the Malverne Mudhens, who came in with the reputation as the best hitting team in the league.
With several players injured, Christopher Capobianco stepped up big, offering to catch both games, which is no easy feat at this level of play. Capobianco called a great game, keeping the Malverne runners in check.
Robert Rizzo put on a show in the field, robbing the Mudhens time after time and consistently displaying his great defensive ability.
At the plate, Rizzo also contributed two hits and two RBIs. Thomas Eletto, coming off a knee injury, picked up where he left off, contributing two hits and one RBI. Sean Maleady added a timely double to score two runs and Paulich had two more hits, one run and a stolen base.
On the mound, Wright showed his best stuff, going four strong innings with five strikeouts, giving up only one hit and not allowing a run. Maleady closed the game for the Comanchees, going three innings with six strikeouts and giving up only two hits and one run, leaving the Mudhens shaking their heads in frustration.
Kevin Monahan, unavailable to play but at the game, had a solid fall on the big field.
In what ended up as a defensive battle, the Comanchees came away with a 7-1 win and the fall championship.