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Glen Cove Giants Win Memorial Day Tournament

The Glen Cove Giants went a perfect 6-0 in the Glen Cove Memorial Day tournament, including beating a very strong Garden City Athletic team 3-0 in the championship at the Roy Campanella field on Memorial Day. The Giants collected 10 hits behind the brilliant pitching of Richie Maccarone. Maccarone, who tied for the tournament hit leader with Pete Cappiello, threw a two-hit, 81-pitch seven-inning complete game. With Maccarone off of his shortstop position a fan in the left field hill bleachers remarked “what about the defense?” John Scuderi moving over from second base quickly quieted the crowd with a perfect seven assist game. Will Brennan and Eamonn Boyd had RBIs for the Giants in the championship.

The Giants were 3-0 during the seeding stage of the tournament, beating South Shore Baseball Association (SSBA), New Hyde Park Cyclones and the Spring Creek Blazers from Brooklyn. The Giants were perfect in the playoff round, beating the Oceanside Riptides, New Hyde Park and Garden City.

Coach Paul Zimmer, who has been a Giant coach since 2002, and who also serves as the Giants Historian commented, “We out-scored our opponents by scoring 45 runs during the tournament while giving up only 13 runs. 10 of those runs were given up in games that we won 11-5 and 9-5. That means our opponents only scored three runs in the other four games. Our pitching was superb.”

The Giants won the first game behind a two-hit gem and six scoreless innings from Stefan Schwartz. Schwartz was crafty, keeping the SSBA team off balance with curves and change-ups. Will Brennan and Pete Cappiello came in during the seventh to close out the game.

In game two, Bobby MacDonald and Brandon “Lubes” Lubrano held the Cyclones in check. The Giant bats were explosive with Brennan (3 RBIs) and Maccarone (2 RBIs) leading the Giant charge. In game three, Maccarone and Lubrano held the Blazers in check with off-speed pitches. Sam Harrington had three RBIs and Maccarone collected another two. Joe Sorbara, coming off the disabled list, banged in two RBIs for the Giants.

The Giants sent Haydon Taylor to the bump in game four. Taylor went to work quickly, striking out eight Oceanside hitters and allowing only three hits. Taylor, the Giant all-time leader in complete games, threw just 73 pitches and notched another compete game victory in his belt. Maccarone and Harrington added three hits a piece with Danny Grabowski, Cappiello and Schwartz each collecting key hits. Brandon Losee, Maccarone, MacDonald and Cappiello each picked up RBIs for the Giants.

The New Hyde Park Cyclones were the opponents in the semi-finals. The Giants gave the ball to Pete Cappiello. Cappiello collected eight strikeouts in seven innings and allowed only three hits for a complete game victory. Coach Bruce A. Testa added “execution is a key element in winning baseball games. This past weekend the boys executed to perfection, and that is how you go 6-0 in a tournament to win it all.” The hitting leaders for the Giants in the tournament were Maccarone and Cappiello with six hits a piece, Harrington (5 hits), Grabowski, Boyd and Mastellone (4 hits) and MacDonald, Brennan and Lubrano with three hits.

The Giants would like to thank Rob Kormoski and Glen Cove Junior Baseball & Softball for a tremendous tournament. Special thanks go out to the ground crew and Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi.