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St. Al’s Marches On To The CYO Finals

It was a perfect summer evening for baseball recently as David (St. Aloysius) once again took on a Goliath (St. Patrick of Pt. Washington), this time with a trip to the CYO Eighth Grade Baseball League Championship game at stake.  The story of the night was “zero” which represented the number of hits and runs the St. Aloysius batters were able to get in the first 6 2/3 innings of the game.  

 

However, for the second time this season, the team from St. Al’s rallied when all hope seemed lost, sending 10 men to the plate in the top of the seventh and final inning, tying the game with five runs after two men were out, then scoring the winning run in the top of the 11th inning to hold off the mighty St. Patrick’s team, and earn the right to play for the CYO championship on June 17.

 

St. Al’s was able to achieve the stunning upset due to several key factors.  First was the pitching of starter Oliver Besman who threw eight innings of five-hit ball allowing only a single earned run while striking out eight and walking none. However, the St. Al’s defense proved to be porous in the early going, as St. Patrick put four additional unearned runs on the board to stake themselves to a 5-0 lead at the end of four innings.  Meanwhile, St. Patrick’s starting pitcher walked seven batters over the first four innings, but was able to get out of three bases-loaded jams unscathed.  After trading goose eggs for two innings, St. Al’s was facing its final at bat in the top of the seventh, still looking for their first hit of the game.

 

With one out, Brian Volk and Joshua Putter drew back-to-back walks but, with two outs, St. Al’s found themselves facing their last out of the season, still trailing by five runs and in jeopardy of being no-hit.  Jordan Greiff followed with a walk to load the bases, and Jacob Seidenberg walked to drive in Volk ending the shutout and putting St. Al’s on the board.  That brought Joey Dunn to the plate, who broke up the no-hit bid with a clean single to drive in Putter with the second run of the inning.  Following Dunn’s hit Ben Addeo struck again with a single of his own, driving in Greiff to cut the lead to 5-3. Jonny Farkas was next in the hit parade, smashing a grounder to the second baseman. Rather than step on second to end the game, the fielder inexplicably threw to first base, where the sure-handed first baseman dropped the ball, allowing Farkas to reach first safely. Meanwhile, with Seidenberg scoring as the ball was fielded, Dunn alertly kept running from second, scoring the game-tying fifth run of the inning while the first baseman retrieved the ball he had dropped.

 

The game continued on for four full extra innings. Jake Seidenberg pitched in relief of Besman and was masterful.  Finally, in the eleventh inning  Greiff singled, stole second, and advanced to third on a groundout.  With two outs, it was once again up to Joey Dunn, and he delivered again, with a full-count single to drive in Greiff with the lead run. In the bottom of the eleventh inning Seidenberg induced a pop to third base, a line drive for out number two and then a sky high pop, which second baseman Putter squeezed for the final out of the game, sending St. Aloysius into the championship.

News

The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.

To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.

At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.

The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also.  Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.


Sports

The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.

Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”

Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it  paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”

Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.


Calendar

Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10



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