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This Week in Giants Baseball - July 6-11

The Glen Cove Giants had six baseball games scheduled for the week with four Connie Mack (LICM) games and one Long Island Baseball (LIBA) game. No one seemed to mind that the games would interfere with anyone wanting to watch the World Cup. After all, baseball is America’s national pastime, the stands were packed with Giant fans and the Giants were ready to play ball.

On Tuesday, July 6, the Giants took on the Storm at the Campy field. Haydon Taylor took the hill for the game and the Giants started out quickly by scoring two in the first inning when Will Brennan reached safely on an error by the Storm first baseman. Richie Maccarone, who has been tearing the cover off the ball, followed with a single to right. Pete Cappiello hitting third, delivered a single to left scoring Brennan and moving Maccarone to third. Dan Roland, a member of the All-Long Island team, dug in at the plate. Danny scorched a ground ball to second scoring Maccarone and the Giants led 2-0. In the third, the Storm went to work quickly on a lead off walk and double. In a matter of a few batters, the Storm had taken the lead and went on to score nine quick runs in the third. Brandon Losee rushed in the bullpen to get ready as quickly as he could. Just as a summer storm can deliver a few inches of rain in a short amount of time, the Storm exploded for nine quick runs off the Giants. In the fourth the Giants retailiated and scored five runs when Zack Arthus led off with a single. Arthus continued with his clutch hitting and good-at bats when he went deep into the count before lining a single to left. Joe “Cannonball” Sorbara followed with a single to left. Next up was Tom “Monty” Montefusco who blistered a triple past the centerfielder to score Arthus and Sorbara. Eamonn Boyd walked, stole second. After the second out, Maccarone singled to left to score Boyd. Cappiello singled up the middle and Dan Roland hit a monster double to score Maccarone. The Giants fought back but lost 10-8 in the LIBA game.

The next night, the Giants traveled to Wantagh Park to take on the LI Sound who was in second place in Connie Mack. The Giants scored quickly in the first on a Will Brennan single. Richie Maccarone followed with a single. Pete Cappiello walked to load the bases. After two Giant strikeouts and the bases loaded, the Giants had to score and put on the old “Miller Play,” later known as the the “Goo-Goo” play. Cappiello pretended to steal second much to the surprise of Richie Maccarone who was standing on second. The Sound fell for the play and threw down to second. Cappiello stayed in the rundown long enough to allow Brennan to slide across the plate with the Giants first run.

The game ended in a 2-2 tie as the County curfew time was reached.

The next night, July 8, the Giants returned to the red-clay unlined County field to face the difficult division rivals the LI Athletic Cougars. The Giants had beaten the Cougars in their earlier meeting and the Cougars were determined to take some revenge. In the second inning, the Giants took the lead 1-0 on walks by Pete Cappiello and Danny Grabowski. Zack Arthus reached first on an error by the Cougar shortstop bringing up Brandan Losee. Los dropped a perfect squeeze bunt to score Cappiello and the Giants had a one run lead which they would hold for the entire game. Coach Testa stated, the Cougar pitcher was bringing it pretty good. He was throwing in the mid 80’s and he was headed for Cortland State in the fall to play baseball. I saw the opportunity and Losee executed perfectly.”

As the game moved on and tensions rose, the Giants received a break when the umpire called an interference play on a ground ball to short. The Cougar first base coach was ejected for arguing, followed by the Cougar manager. As the game moved into the seventh, three other Cougar players had been ejected. Richie Maccarone pitched brilliantly through six innings to hold the Cougars to three hits and no runs. The Giants sent out Maccarone to start the seventh. After two Cougar walks, Brandon Lubrano came in to relief. The Cougar batter dropped a bunt but the speedy Lubrano picked it up and threw a perfect strike to Losee at third for the first out of the seventh. Lubrano got the next hitter to fly to Boyd in center and got the final Cougar looking at strike three to end the game and garner a save.

On Saturday, July 10, the Giants traveled to Wheatley High School for a doubleheader against the LI Blaze. Zack Arthus took the hill for the first game and pitched well giving up two runs. The Giants trailed 2-1 in the seventh. With two outs, Will Brennan singled to left and took second on a wild pitch. Down to their last out, it did not look good for the Giants. Up came Richie Maccarone who had two hits in the game. On a 2-2 count, Maccarone blistered a double off the fence to score Brennan and tie up the game in the seventh. Frankie Gaudio came in to pitch the eighth to twelth inning, for the Giants, holding the Blaze hitters. Gaudio pitched well and kept the Blaze hitters off balance with his curve. Finally, the Giants scored four runs in the top of the 12th inning to take a 6-2 lead. Tom Montefusco had a sacrifice fly and RBI for the go ahead run before Brennan singled in three Giant runners. Gaudio struck out the side in the 12th to give the Giants their 13th LICM victory against only one loss. The game took 12 innings and 3 hours and 23 minutes to play. It was the 377th Giants travel game and it proved to be the longest game in Giants history.

The Giants started the second game with Bobby MacDonald on the bump and Danny Grabowski behind the dish. Joe “the Cannonball” Sorbara had caught all 12 innings in the first game and Grabowski was making his travel debut behind the plate. The Giants scored seven runs in the first when Maccarone doubled, Cappiello walked, Arthus reached first on an error, and followed with a double down the line from Grabowski, and singles by MacDonald and Montefusco. In the second, the sky became dark and the rains and lightning started to halt the game. The game was finally called and will be resumed later in the season.

The Giants head to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the end of next week to compete in a national showcase tournament. Before they leave the Giants have three games scheduled with Valley Stream, SSBA and the LI Dragons at St. Johns University.