Come and join us in the Celebration of Merillon's 58th year! On Saturday, April 25th 2009 we will be holding annual Parade Day Ceremonies celebrating our 58th year of providing softball & baseball for the children of our community.

The parade will step off at Manor Oaks School at approximately 10 a.m. and proceed directly to Merillon Park The parade route is west on Hillside Ave to New Hyde Park Road, North to Marcus Ave to Merillon Park.

We hope that you can arrange your schedule to join us in celebrating another successful season of Baseball and Softball for the youth of our community.

Merillon Athletic Association opened its 58th Season March 28th.

Mother nature held back the rains as our 2009 group of Instructional Division Boys and Girls took to the fields this morning to develop their skills and to play baseball. Smiling faces were everywhere as the young baseball players kicked things off while flash bulbs were popping catching all of the excitement. With just under 200 people in attendance Merillon kicked off it's 58th season led by our League Chairman Tony Camilleri who got things off with a rousing speech followed by the playing of our National Anthem. Once the kids began to throw and hit the ball I could just tell that there were some future stars of our League out on the diamonds. Special thanks go to Lou Messina who is our Instructional Division Vice President and to all volunteers who helped make this happen. Keep up the great work Merillon!

Merillon Athletic Association is working with Island Harvest this year to collect goods for hungry Long Islanders. Please join the rest of our League in bringing in nonperishable food donations and putting them in the boxes that will be located at our Field House during "Picture Days" Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, 19th. The top ten most needed items include canned beans, milk, fruit, vegetables, juice, fish, soups, canned meats and peanut butter. (No glass items please.) We will also have donation envelopes available for those of you who would rather donate funds to Island Harvest. Every $1 donated helps Island Harvest provide 5 meals to hungry Long Islanders.

March 28

Hillside Beverage "Giants" Vs.

Bagels "n" a Whole Lot More "Dodgers"

Opening day and everyone had a great time, all the players came ready to play and eager to learn. The Giants players Ryan Wasserman, Kenny Hirshfeld, Gavin Borduas, Charles Ehrlich, Daniel Garcia, Ibrahim Khwaja, Luke Notine, and Harrison Winkhart were on the field giving it their best.

April 4

Baxter's Sport Shop "Diamondbacks" 11

Vs. Ace Hardware "Cardinals" 6

The Diamondbacks opened up the 2009 season on Saturday with a rousing 11-6 victory versus the competitive Cardinals. The Diamondbacks played a very sound game, and were led by the strong pitching of Jordan Greiff (3 batters faced, 3 strikeouts), Craig Cagner, Dylan Kareff, Elliot Weissman & Jack Tucker. Solid defense was turned in by Ben Newman, Brian Volk (2 solid innings behind the plate), Christopher Kerrane, Philip Chang, Jared Kaiman, Raymond Gresalfi & Charlie Goodwin. Raymond and Charlie executed a key putout at second base in the middle of a rally by the Cardinals. Hitting stars included Jordan Greiff, Jack Tucker, Dylan Kareff, Craig Cagner & Brian Volk.

Ace Hardware "Cardinals" Vs. Baxter's Sport Shop "Diamondbacks"

The Cardinals displayed good fielding and power pitching against the D'Backs this morning. The team's pitching stars were Alessandro Lacerra & Anthony Pitre, each with 4 strikeouts while Jacob Leventhal also contributed a solid inning on the hill. Ryan Cooney made an impressive play in the infield with a force out at third base. Christopher Delgiorno & Ryan Hodes each had a hit while Michael Mellone had a hit and drove in a run. Thomas Mangin also drove in a run while Jared Hodes & Scott Schanter each scored a run. Lucas Cowen did a solid job behind the plate at catcher while both Lance Montalbano & Dylan Schmid flashed the leather in the outfield.

April 1

Plain & Fancy Landscaping Rays 5

Vs. New Hyde Park Funeral Home Red Sox 6

The Rays started the game with a strong first inning. Matty Lorandini walked and stole his way around to home. Christian Carrick followed with a walk and two steals. TJ Goustas walked and then was hit around by Jack Nuttall and Shin Oka. With all of the five scoring the Rays lead 5-0. CJ Carrick pitched to catcher Anthony Lanzilotta solid in the first inning with two strike outs. The Rays lost their lead in the second inning and was unable to come back. Strong pitching from TJ Goustas held the Red Sox with two strike outs. Good plays in the infield by Nevin Nambiar, Matt Mastoridis, Phil Silverstein and Michael Rhindress. Good defense by Nick Favale, Max Cohn and Dominick Patrizi. The rain ended the game early.

The Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman & Mackauf "Astros"

Vs. City Line Florist "Blue Jays"

Astros opened their season on a cold and rainy night and were led by Tyler Weiss who pitched 3 strong innings before being relieved by Dylan Silverstein. Corey Rutkin and Jared Schwartz were active behind the plate. Adam Krieger played a strong right field, as did Slater Dvoor & Kyle Berlinsky at second base, David Lapidus at third base and Jonathan Farkas who saw a lot of action at first base. Jared Schwartz & Michael Hershenhorn inspired the team with their base running. Andrew Kadish, Luke Hoffman & Cole Romano had good at bats. The Astros can't wait to build upon what they learned.

City Line Florist "Blue Jays"

Vs. The Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman & Mackauf "Astros"

Joe Joe Del Giorno ended a successful opening night for the Blue Jays with a nifty catch in right field. The defense was good all around to support strong pitching for Vincent Rossello and Luis Plomitallo both 2 innings no hits and no runs. Matt O'Connor flashed the leather at first base leading the defense. The offense was led by Greg Donovan's 2 hits and 3 runs scored, Josh Putter's 4 RBIs, Matt Bateman's 2 RBIs, Michael Lynch's 2 walks, Tyler Baron's 2 RBIs and Brian Park's 2 RBIs.

March 28

State Bank of Long Island "Pride"

The Pride opened their season against a strong Ducks team. Landon Phillips and Kyle Facibene lead the hitting attack with two hits each, and Michael Varrone banged out a double. Outstanding pitching efforts were turned in by Peter Tagios, Sam Berk, and Jake Kennedy. James Cotumaccio, Coltan Schnall and Joe Tricarico were superb in

Dr. Wm Facibene M.D. P.C. "Cyclones" 7

Vs. Virgilio Chiropractic "River Sharks" 6

The Cyclones had several leads but the River Sharks kept fighting back. Hitting star of the game was Nick Winkhart (4 for 4 and 3 runs scored). Also coming up with a big stick was Mitch Cohen (2 for 4, run scored), John Young (1 for 2- walk), Peter Dunn (1 for 2, walk, run scored) & Brandon Maritnez (2 for 3, run scored). Pitching for the Cyclones was Jon Cioffi, Nick Winkhart, Mitch Cohen and John Young. Playing solidly in the field was Giuseppe LoDuca, Tyled Ng, Edick Imanov, & Matt Theodorpoulos. With leads of 3-0 and 5-4 the boys never gave up.

March 31

All County Business Solutions "Ducks" 3

Vs. Bagels & a Whole Lot More "Bears" 1

The Ducks came out hot, Justin Marder led off with a single, Ben Lee hammered out a double bringing in the first run of the game for the Ducks. A series of sac bunts, flies, RBI's, stolen bases, a walk, with some well hit balls, enabled the Ducks to scratch out a total of 3 runs for the win. Great batting performances tonight by Ethan Volk, Mike Kemmet, Adeel Bari, & Mike Lopez. Defensively, behind the plate Adeel Bari and Mike Kemmet gave great catching performances. On the hill, Brett Dieber pitched 2 stellar innings, followed by Ben Lee closing out the remaining 3 innings with another excellent pitching performance. The Ducks pitching was backed solidly by great fielding from Thomas Kemmet, Justin Roth, Evan Clark, and Matthew Chaleff. Brennan Scanlon and Andrew Curcio remain on the DL. Great first base coaching by Brennan Scanlon.

April 4

State Bank of Long Island "Pride"

Vs. Dr. Wm Facibene M.D. P.C. "Cyclones"

Another top notch effort by the Pride, Peter Tagios knocked out 3 hits, including a triple; Sam Berk and Michael Varrone had 2 hits each; James Cotumaccio & Joe Tricarico each contributed hits; and Dylan Forrester & Kyle Facibene smacked long HRs. Dylan and Sam were also excellent on the mound. Michael Fiorello reached base and stole second, which lead to a big run. Coltan Schnall and Jake Kennedy were outstanding again in the field.

All County Business Solutions "Pride" 7

Vs. Dr. Wm Facibene M.D. P.C. "Cyclones" 5

The Cyclones came out flat today but made a furious comeback attempt. After getting down 7-0 the Cyclones scored 5 in fifth inning when Edick Imanov and Nick Winkhart both walked, Peter Dunn doubled (rbi) John Young (2 for 3) doubled in 2 rbi's and Jon Cioffi (2 for 3) homered in the final 2 rbi's. Matt Theodorpoulos (1 inning) and Jon Cioffi (3 innings) shut down the Pride giving up no runs over the last 4 innings. Solid defense provided by Giuseppe LoDuca, Jeff Gordon and Mitch Cohen.

Bagels And A Whole Lot More "Bears"

Vs. Virgilio Chiropractic "River Sharks"

Daniel Hodes pitched the 1st 2 innings and was throwing hard. Gregory Kyro laid down a nice bunt to lead off the game. Zach Schreiber did a great job catching. Vincent Patrey and Brett Baker provided strong scoreless pitching. Alex Putter, Nicholas Persaud, Liam Slattery and Gary Huang all put the ball in play. Andrew Schneider came in as catcher and made a great play throwing out a batter who laid down a nice bunt. The play of the game was the Big Bomb by Tommy Labruna who slammed the daylights out of a fastball for our team's 1st HR of the season.

Bagels and A Whole Lot More "Bears"

Vs. Virgilio Chiropractic "River Sharks"

The River Sharks beat the Bears 7 to 1 to capture their first win of the season. The pitching was solid with a total of 9 strikeouts from Justin DiDonato, Peter Coletti and Brian Haug. Ross Crames led the team's hitting with a 2 RBI double and a HR. Showcase hitting was also turned in by Frankie Disantos with a triple and a single, James Messina with 2 singles and James Colgan & Justin DiDonato, each with a single. Good fielding supported the score with an awesome catch by Frankie Disantos which kept the Bears from scoring early in the game. The River Sharks rounded out the team with good efforts from Joe Pagan, Frankie Suppa, Ethan Schonhaut and Max Nettler. Logo
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