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This Week in Giants Baseball

The Giants played six games during the week and won all six games, picking up  five wins in the Long Island Connie Mack League (LICM) and one in the Long Island Baseball Association (LIBA).

On Sunday, June 6 against Hicksville, in game one, Haydon Taylor pitched a no-hitter striking out nine with no runner reaching second base during the game. Eamonn Boyd, hovering in centerfield like a bird of prey the entire game, made one of his patented diving catches for the final out and to save the “no, no.” The Giants scattered seven hits with Brandon Lubrano and John Scuderi picking up two RBIs each. Frank Gaudio collected a key hit. The Giants defense was perfect with no errors.

In game two, Stefan Schwartz pitched six innings behind a 2-0 lead. In the 6th inning, the Hicksville team collected three hits to tie the game, giving Schwartz a well-pitched, but no decision, game. Schwartz, who will be attending the University of South Carolina in the fall, had his pitches spotted around the plate all game, to garner 11 strikeouts. Bobby MacDonald came in during the top of the seventh and picked up a win when Joe Sorbara, Nick Pedraita and Eamonn Boyd hit three singles to load up the bases. Will Brennan walked, which brought in the game winning run in the bottom of the frame.

On Tuesday, June 8, the Giants traveled to Adelphi University to play their first LIBA game against the Storm. The Storm sent T.J. Pecoraro from Half Hollow Hills High to the mound. Pecoraro, committed to attend Division 1 Vanderbilt University in the fall, was brilliant for seven innings. Pecoraro’s fastball was clocked at 92-94 mph during the high school season, and was certainly throwing gas through his seven innings on this night.

The Giants sent Brandon Losee to the hill. Returning from Cortland State, “Los” was equally brilliant making his season pitching debut, allowed only one hit and no earned runs through five innings. The Storm held a 1-0 lead with the Giants batting in the top of the seventh.  

Will Brennan led off with a walk. Danny Grabowski dropped a sacrifice bunt to advance Brennan to second with one out. Brennan advanced to third on a pass ball and was able to score on another pass ball to tie up the game in the top of the frame.

In the eighth, the Storm replaced Pecoraro. The new Storm pitcher threw hard, but struggled with his control allowing two walks and then hitting Frankie Gaudio with a heater. With the bases loaded and no outs, the Giants were unsuccessful in trying to push across a run with two suicide squeeze attempts. With two outs, Will Brennan stepped in the box to face the third Storm pitcher and worked out a walk to put the Giants ahead 2-1.  

Bobby MacDonald, coming in to pitch in the sixth inning, allowed only one hit and was able to hold the Storm for three innings to capture the win. Joe Sorbara threw out a Storm runner trying to steal in the sixth inning to squash a Storm running attack. T.J. Pecoraro, who held the Giants hitless for seven innings, was drafted the following day by the Houston Astros. It was quite a game and displayed how important “small ball” is.

On Thursday, June 10 the Giants hosted the LI Athletic Rivercats at the Campy field. The Giants collected six hits against the Rivercats. Bobby MacDonald pitched five innings for the win, with help in the sixth from Sam Harrington and Pete Cappiello in the seventh to close out the game. Matt Bruno, making his 2010 Giant debut behind the dish, blistered a shot up the middle for a single and threw out a Rivercat trying to score. This was MacDonald’s third win for the week and he was immediately dubbed “The Vulture” after Phil Reagan, the 1970s Dodger pitcher who had a penchant for coming in games to steal wins.

On Saturday, June 12, the Giants travelled to Levittown Division to face another tough LICM opponent. Pete Cappiello took the ball and pitched a seven inning complete game with 11 strike-outs, while beating Levittown 4-1. Matt Bruno continued with his hot hitting by smashing two doubles. Cappiello and Frankie Gaudio collected two hits. Joe Sorbara had another great game behind the plate squashing the Division team from taking any extra bases.  

In game two, the Giants sent Richie Maccarone to the bump. Richie pitched another gem, allowing only one hit by the first Dragon batter and using only 80 pitches to strike out 11 Dragons. Dan Roland and Matt Bruno doubled in the nightcap. Roland threw out two Dragon base runners attempting to steal.