After a long summer season, the Red Sharks opened the playoff series against the number one seeded Oceanside Mariners. Five excellent innings from the starting pitcher Cenzo Montoni, gave the Red Sharks a 2 to 1 lead going into the 5th inning. Scoreless middle relief appearances by Justin Yang, Adrian Balkom, and Virag Shah gave the Merillon bats time to heat up. Mathew Merolla hit a 2 run homerun, Phil Schurr had a 2 out RBI, Christopher Piccirillo hit a long double into left scoring 2, Yanni Vlantis hit a rope to center scoring 2 and Danny McClellan hit a base-hit to right to add insurance runs. Defense was key to the victory as Matt Strocchia made great plays at third. Outfield play was also key as Paulie Depaulis and Abideen Dauti tracked down liners in the outfield. The Oceanside victory led the Sharks to the title game.
Beginning Aug. 15, the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums will allow residents to play continuously from 4:30 p.m. until dark on any of the County’s four nine-hole golf courses.
This promotion is open to all Nassau County residents with a Leisure Pass. The fee is $15 per person and $8.50 for seniors.
The New Hyde Park Bluedevils defeated the Long Beach Mariners in the finals to capture the first 13 U Nassau County Travel League Championship on Saturday August 6th- 5 to 3! These two teams played three classic games vs each other and the Championship game was another classic. The Bluedevils jumped out on top in the bottom of the first, Michael Greene singled and Michael Parsconda followed with a triple to drive in Greene. Kyle Cajigas then delivered a big two out RBI to score Parsconda. Starter Doug Obidienzo held the Mariners in check until the third inning.
On a beautiful night for baseball in NHP, the Sharks came away with their 8th straight victory by a score of 3-2. The game was won with great pitching, great defense and timely hitting. The pitching was led by 6 different pitchers. Way to go Demetris, Ryan W, Jackson, Franco, Ben and Michael. The offense was led by Stephen DeRocchis who was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI. William Regan was 1 for 2 with 2 runs scored and Matthew Bloom contributed with an RBI. The game was saved by two great plays in the last inning. The first one happened when Ben Bidner threw a strike from center field to Ryan Wasserman who then applied the tag to the runner who was trying to stretch a single into a double. The next one was a smart heads up play made by Jackson Benjamin who hustled to pick up a wild throw to first base then made a long throw to third. Michael Femia then made a great leaping catch and applied the tag to the runner who had overrun 3rd base. It was a great all around team effort. The Garden City team played a great game in spite of coming up short. Go Sharks!
On a hot and steamy night the Sharks pulled off another victory by the score of 6-2. We had great pitching that was led by Siva Paturi with 6 K’s and 1 hit in 2 innings of work. The next 4 innings were pitched by Michael Femia, Ryan Wasserman, Franco Dimilta and Ben Bidner who combined for 8 K’s while only giving up 3 hits. The offense was led by Stephen DeRocchis, William Regan and Jackson Benjamin who were all 2 for 2 at the plate. Ryan W also had an RBI double down the left field line. The defense played great. Demetris Panouis made a great scoop at first on one hop throw. Sam Motelson made an unassisted double play on a fly ball in the outfield. Go Sharks!
The NHPLL Girls Juniors (13/14 year olds) have won the District 29 Williamsport Championship, a major accomplishment for this group of young ladies.
The NHPLL Girls Juniors All-Stars (14u) beat rival Garden City South by a score of 13-4 to win the coveted 2011 District 29 Championship. Garden City South came out of the loser bracket to beat NHP 1-0 in game one of the championship series - setting the stage for a dramatic finish on Saturday for their big win.
The Waldorf School of Garden City announced that 7th grade Williston Park resident Oliver Jaskowski recently won the L3 Sportime Lynbrook Eastern UPS Championship Boys’ 14 Singles held Sunday, May 29 at the New York Sporttime facility in Lynbrook, New York. Oliver won the tournament in a full set: 6-1, 6-1.
A 7th grader at the Waldorf School of Garden City, Oliver has been playing tennis since he was 12-years-old.
“I hope to play in many more future tournaments and perhaps be a ballboy at the US Tennis Open in Flushing, Queens.”
Organized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the L3 tournaments are introductory round robin style matches that introduce new players to competitive tennis. Sportime Lynbrook hosts several L3 tournaments every year for boys and girls ages 10 to 18.
It wasn’t looking good for the mighty Mariners in the last inning of the championship game against their arch-rivals. Down 4-3 with two outs and Harrison Nettler on first base, Andrew Colgan stepped to the plate and promptly laced a single to right-field. The next batter, Jimmy Denara drew a walk to load the bases, which brought up Dominick Piccirillo with the game on the line. As the loyal Mariners’ fans rose to their feet, led by Dominick’s banner waving sister Lucia, Dominick worked the count full and fought off several nasty pitches before he also drew a walk to tie the score. A walk to the next batter, James Castaldi, brought in the winning run and the Mariners were on their way to being the 2011 Merillon Minors Champs. The key to the Mariners’ victory was powerful pitching and spectacular defense throughout the game. Starting pitcher, Dominick Piccirillo pitched three dominant innings, Andrew Colgan was lights-out for the next two and closer James Castaldi struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth to save the game. On the defensive side, third baseman John Denara made two stunning plays in one inning to end a Giants rally and catcher Michael Zuschlag silenced the Giants’ well-known running game by scooping up everything in the dirt and throwing out a runner trying to steal second in the third inning. Also contributing with solid defense was Nick Lopez, Parth Patel and Brandon Knupfer. “I’m proud of this team.” Coach Greg said after the game. “They worked hard and showed tremendous improvement throughout the season.” Coach Jack echoed that sentiment. “These guys played well together and had a great team chemistry.” Coach Steve added: “They’re a great group of kids and it was a pleasure coaching them.”
Merillon Minors BAB Mechanical Fireballs (12)
vs Manhasset Diamonds (8)
The Fireballs hot streak continued against a tough Diamond team. Isabella Fazzolari started, striking out 5 and making some heads up plays on the mound. Sophia Leeds came on in relief getting 2 K’s and pitching one scoreless inning. The Fireball bats were working overtime tonight, leading the offense was Sophia L. going 3/3 including a rocket shot for a triple and 3 RBI’s. Jillian Bergman and Silvana Seidita each with 3H and 2 RBI’s. Casey Sanders hit a double and advanced to 3rd base on an error, driving in a run. Michaela Zabicki, Isabella F., and Julia Kosinski each tallied 1H, 1RBI, 1R. Elise Gonzalez, Gia Yetikyel, and Melanie Fiensilver showed great patience at the plate, reaching base via walks and combining to score 5 runs. The defense was on target, starting behind the plate with Julia and Michaela. Isabella, Casey and Sophia made some stellar fielding plays including a double play. This was another example of great teamwork and each girl contributed to the win. GO FIREBALLS!!
In the talented Boys Minors Division, Mikes Convenience has had a strong season and many players have contributed as they head into the playoffs. Paul Orbon has provided consistent hitting throughout the season and leads the team with 3 home runs.Mike Lisojo led the pitching staff including a 4 inning gem in which he struck out 11 batters against New Hyde Park Diner. Mike Sokol and Mike DeMartino have also contributed on the mound and at the plate. Mike Shechtman has been responsible for the catching duties behind the plate and has shown continued improvement. On the mound, Paul Orbon and Mike Lisojo also combined for a shutout victory while pitching in an 11-0 win over Dormers Plus. Nick Balletta also provided some timely hitting during the year. The bats came alive in Mikes Convenience against Uncle Bacalas with Patrick Cullinan and Dillon Patel leading a 14 hit attack. With one game remaining in the regular season, Mikes Convenience seems to be peaking just in time! Good Luck in the playoffs!
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