Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon the PAL Baseball Playoffs began with four semifinal round games. A crowd of about 50 fans were witness to one of the greatest Little League baseball games in Great Neck history. The Pirates, led by coaches Mark Putter and Mike Kyriannis faced the Rangers led by coaches Ron Guggenheimer and Fred Palacios.
The game was a pitcher’s duel for the first five innings with the Pirates leading 2-0 going into the sixth and final inning. The Pirates were led by pitchers Jake Rosen and Mitchell Hutt who pitched shutout ball for the first four innings. Daniel Petrikovsky then struck out the side with the bases loaded in the fifth. The Rangers were led by pitchers Michael Young and Nate Diaz for the first four innings who allowed nothing but an RBI single by Ben Newman scoring Nick Bornstein who had walked and stolen second base.
However, the Rangers big hitters broke through in their final at bat in the top of the sixth inning with a huge Danny Kosofsky double scoring Jake Guggenheimer and Nate Diaz to tie the game. The game continued on for three extra innings before the Rangers took a 4-2 lead in the top of the ninth inning. However, the resilient Pirates came back to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth with John Kyriannis scoring the winning run on a Jake Rosen walk-off hit. Special mentions go to Ranger Steven Samuel and Pirate Noah Ondris who each unexpectedly stepped in to pitch when their team needed it most and did excellent work under impossible circumstances. This was a game for the ages and it was truly a shame that only one team could advance.
In the other 5/6 Grade game the Braves defeated the Astros by a final score of 7-5. The Astros were paced by the pitching of Jake Seidenberg and the solid hitting and catching of Jason Seidman. However, the Braves, led by the pitching of Dylan Kamali and Jordan Greiff and the hitting of Jared Schwartz and Mitch Harounian were up to the task and advanced to the finals where they will meet the Pirates. Stay tuned!