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This Week in Giants Baseball

The Giants had five games scheduled for the week. On Tuesday, June 22 the Giants had a Long Island Baseball Association (LIBA) game scheduled against East Meadow. With rain looming in the distance, Stefan Schwartz asked his battery mate, Joe Sorbara, if he thought the game would start. Joe, one of the ever-optimistic Giants, was not sure, as the skies did not look promising. Just as the line-up cards and ground rules were to be exchanged at 8:20 p.m., the skies opened and caused a 15-minute rain delay.

After the rained dissipated, the game started and the Giants jumped out to a two-run lead in the first on RBI’s from Sam Harrington and Danny Grabowski. A second rain delay resulted in another 15-minute delay, which followed with a 20-minute lightning delay. The Giants were eager to get in four innings to make the game official. As Zach Arthus warmed up to pitch the third, a second flash of lightning split the dark sky which resulted in the game being called. Arthus, recently back from the disabled list with a shoulder injury, was eager to take the ball for his first mound appearance of the season, but it would not be that night. The game was called in the bottom of the second with the Giants leading 2-0.

The Giants cleared their schedule in the later part of the week to participate in the Blue Chip Prospect tournament, held at the Center Moriches Baseball Complex and Baseball Heaven. The tournament would bring 48 of the top teams from six states together for a college showcase tournament. The tournament, with its bevy of college scouts, offered much promise to the Giants underclassman hoping to be able to go to the next level.

Coach Testa lamented, “as much as we want to win every game, it is also a top priority for us to expose our younger players such as Danny Grabowski, Frankie Gaudio, Bobby MacDonald, Eamonn Boyd, Sam Harrington, Haydon Taylor, Joe Sorbara and Chris Theodorou, who was joining the Giants from the Glen Cove Knights for the tournament, to these coaches.” Eleven of my former team played college ball and Rob Grabowski and I have a number of talented players who can reach the next level.”

In game one, the Giants faced the Long Island Ducks. The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the first off Haydon Taylor on a lead-off walk, sacrifice bunt and ground out. The Giants tied the game in the second on a lead-off single by MacDonald, who stole third and home. Unfortunately for the Giants, the Ducks mounted a five-run rally in the fourth to take back the lead and went on to win 6-3. Chris Theodorou was 3-4. Grabowski, MacDonald and Sorbara also collected hits.

The Giants were competitive in the next three games losing each game by one run, including one game in the bottom of the seventh.

Outstanding defense plays in centerfield by Eamonn Boyd, which included streaking across the outfield and diving catches, and clutch hitting by Chris Theodorou (3 for 6, .500), Pete Cappiello (3 for 8, .375) and Danny Grabowski (4 for 12, .333) were noticed by the area scouts with appropriate inquiries made to the Giants management. With three remaining showcase tournaments in Myrtle Beach, Reading, PA. and North Branford, CT., it looks like the Giants have the potential to add to Coach Testa’s list of college playing ball players.

The Giants overall record stands at 17-5 for a .773 winning percentage, with a 9-0 record in LICM, 2-1 in LIBA and a 6-4 tournament record.