In its inaugural year, the Long Island Lady Astros from Herricks brought home two championship trophies in National Junior Baseball League’s summer season. The Lady Astros finished atop the 12-U American division with a record of 12-1, and then went on to win the championship series. After winning in the semifinal 4-2 over the Road Warriors they faced Team Nitro in a best-of-three championship series. The Lady Astros easily took the first game over Team Nitro 7-3. The Lady Astros then sealed the championship in an amazing come-from-behind victory over Team Nitro in game 2. Trailing 10-6 with two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lady Astros mounted a 5-run rally to walk off with an 11-10 win.
United Skates Roller Skating Rink in Seaford hosts thousands of birthday parties, special events and private events throughout the year, but the event they have planned for Sept. 2 and 3 is one that is truly special. United Skates will be offering free admission to their Labor Day Skates on Sept. 2 from 12 to 2:30 p.m. and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and also on Monday Sept. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. to anyone who donates a minimum of two cans of food.
One in six Americans in this country struggle with hunger today. Food banks are being hit extremely hard with fewer people being able to donate due to economic struggles. United Skates Roller Skating Rink is excited to be participating in Hunger Action Month this upcoming September, hoping to encourage hundreds of people to donate cans of food that will be then donated to the Island Harvest.
The many loyal fans of the Sharks traveled to Oyster Bay to see their favorite team go for the title. The offense was led by James Prado setting the table in the leadoff spot going 2-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases. The game was knotted at all zeros in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs when Ryan Wasserman drove in James with a hard single to right. In the fifth inning the Sharks added a second run when Kenny Hirschfeld led off with a single, stole second and then third. Anthony Agerenza then followed with a single to drive him in. That was all the runs the Shark pitchers would need on this day as the capacity-filled crowd saw spectacular pitching. The Shark pitchers held the opposing team to just three hits and no runs over seven innings. Jimmy “Jimbo” Weedon took the hill to start the game and pitched four strong innings. Brandon Colon than came in for a scoreless fifth inning and Ryan “The Ice Man” Wasserman pitched the final two innings to close out the championship. The defense played a great game as well. The play of the game happened in the final inning with a runner on and only one out when Jimmy Weedon, now playing the hot corner, made a fantastic grab on a scorched line drive off the bat of a Hellcat slugger. Wow, what a play! The other team was shocked in amazement and the Sharks fans went wild. The Sharks played like champions well beyond their years.
The team has a few openings left for boys born before July 31, 2005. If you are looking for a great organization for your child to play soccer, please contact Dan Flori ASAP.
For tryout times and questions, contact gcpsoccer@gmail or call Dan Flori at 917-678-3117.
The team became the state champs on July 16, defeating Half Hollow Hills 10-2. Asked whether he was confident the team would win the state championship, coach Tom Donnelly replied, “We lost in the semifinals at the N.Y. State tournament last year as 11-year-olds playing in the 12-year-old division and we won the N.Y. State tournament as 10-years-olds, so we were confident but we knew Staten Island and Half Hollow Hills would be very tough games.”
Submitted by Jim Petricca, Herricks director of athletics
At the age of 5, Mia Vecchio, of Herricks, played tennis for fun.
At the age of 10, Mia played to keep busy.
At the age of 13, Mia dreamed of playing at the US Open…and now, at the age of 15, Mia just completed her first pro Women’s Tennis Tournament in Landsville Pennsylvania.
The Merillon 10U All Stars captured its first District 28 Title since 2001 by sweeping Port Washington 18-2 and 14-2. In the first game, Lauren “Lights Out” Wasserman, Daniella “K” Connor and Jillian “Cool” Cooper pitched a combined no hitter. Daniella Connor struck out five. The three co-captains also scored a combined nine runs and Lauren Wasserman had four RBIs.
Daniella Connor was on base four times and scored four runs. Jillian Cooper scored three big runs. Sarah Bush went one for two with a run scored and she caught the entire game, making a put-out at home plate. Samantha Grenard scored three runs and made two put-outs at first.
On Saturday, June 16 the Lower Farms American League team took on the Lower Farms National League team in an epic battle for bragging rights at Merillon Field.
Mother Nature cooperated and gave us a beautiful sunny day for the event. All of our All-Stars were announced in style by our master of ceremonies, Dan Conner, who did a fabulous job.
Nuzzi Field was transformed into “Legends Park” last weekend as the New Hyde Park Little League paid tribute not only to its star ballplayers, but laid the red carpet for heroic war veterans who have been named 2012 Little League Hall of Fame inductees.
First was New York Police Department Detective Kevin Brennan, of Garden City Park, who was critically injured in the line of duty, and All-American softball pitcher Olivia Galati of Hofstra University.
Pitch Hit and Run is a national competition that is run by Aquafina. It is called Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch Hit And Run. Pitch Hit and Run tests three aspects of baseball/softball - pitching, hitting and running. There are four levels of competition - local, sectional, team championship and national finals.
Michael DiMartino, who is 10 years old, participated in the first level, which is the local scope, that was held in New Hyde Park - all children from ages 7 – 14 years were invited to compete.
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