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!
Domenick’s Italian & American Delicatessen Mariners (6)
vs. Modell’s Rays (1)
Mariners’ pitchers James Castaldi and Dominick Picirrillo held the powerful Rays offense to only one run in a game that featured timely hitting and strong defense. Leading the Mariners offense was Thomas Mangin (2 for 2), Nick Lopez (triple), Jimmy Denara (triple and sac fly) and Shawn Chacko (clutch RBI single), while the defense was led by shortstop Andrew Colgan, who made a running Jeter-like, back-to-the-infield catch of a popup to shallow left in the third inning. Michael Zuschlag saw his 6 game hit-streak come to an end, but reached base safely twice. Harrison Nettler also reached base twice and stunned the crowd with a steal of home. John Denara, Parth Patel and Brandon Knupfer all hit the ball hard, but came away empty as the Rays displayed some strong defense of their own.
Domenick’s Italian & American Delicatessen Mariners (12) vs.
Grant Thornton LLP Pirates (4)
The mighty Mariners extended their current win streak to three games with dominant pitching by Andrew Colgan who flirted with a no-hitter into the fourth. In the second inning, Andrew was in such a groove that it took him only 9 pitches to record three strikeouts. James Castaldi led the offense with a double and two singles. Pirates leftfielder Michael Kurre made a fine play on one of Castaldi’s hits when he nearly threw out a Mariners runner trying to score at home. John Denara smacked a triple and a single, and Parth Patel, Mike Zuschlag and Shawn Chacko all smacked base hits to help the Mariners’ cause. Thomas Mangin continues to tear-up the base paths with six stolen bases and Jimmy Denara, Harrison Nettler and Brandon Knupfer provided solid defense in the field. Closer Dominick Picirillo pitched two scoreless innings, but not without a little excitement from Pirates slugger Sean O’Leary, who launched a shot destined for the bleachers in the sixth. Unfortunately for Sean, Mariners rightfielder Nick Lopez made a stunning running catch of the deep drive to end the game.
Robert J Kurre & Associates, PC Dodgers vs.
Denis Barber Shop Royals
May 26th - Great game by the Dodgers tonight against a very good Royal team. The Dodgers all hit well tonight with 7 players getting at least two hits. A few players really stood out; Joseph Mattei and Nicholas Ungania were both 3-3 and each with a great defensive play. Joseph with a stretch at first base, short hopped a ball thrown from third, for the out at first base and Nicholas with a diving catch at first base. James Asmus has been hitting well the last two weeks and contributed with his first double of the season. Stephen Bracco caught a hard hit lined drive at pitcher’s mound and doubled up the runner on third by throwing to an alert Justin Rosen covering the base. Our very own Rubinic triplets batted in the 1-2-3 spots in the order and combined for 8 hits, 6 runs and 5 RBIs. Nice game Dodgers.
The Stutzman Funeral Home Brewers
vs. the Gigi’s Pizza Angels
William Lentini pitched an inning, made two nice catches on throws at first base had 3 hits scored towruns and stole 3 bases. Frankie Stigliano made a nice stop at third base to prevent at least a triple, walked was hit by a pitch and scored a run. Aaron Lesser had two hits including a grand slam and drove in 5 runs and made a nice play at second base fielding a hard hit ball. Sam Motelson made a nice play at home to tag a runner trying to score and walked twice and stole 3 bases. Danny McClellan came in with the bases loaded and recorded three outs and was 3 for 3 with two doubles a single and 3 rbis. Siva Paturi was 1 for 3 with a single and made a nice play in the outfield. Virag Shah had a great day on his birthday going 2 for 3 at the plate. Justin Tamara made some excellent throws at catcher and tagged a runner out at home on a play at the plate. Adrian Balkcom made some nice plays at shortstop on some hard hit balls and also singled. Ibrihim Khwaja pitched and recorded three outs two on strikeouts and walked twice and played his best game of the season. Jared Puntus pitched an inning striking out two and singled and drove in a run at the plate. Another great game by both teams
Queens Garden Nursery Bears vs.
The Hillside Beverage Ducks
After endless days of miserable weather it was a gorgeous night for America’s pastime and the Bears made it a good one for their fans with a 7-2 victory. The Ducks played well but the Bear’s had strong defense in the field and hot bats at the plate and by the third inning took total control of the game. Anthony Pitre pitched the first three and allowed only one run, one walk and had four strikeouts. He would have been out of the first inning early but the Duck’s coach snagged what might have been a playable foul. Happily when that runner managed to advance and tried to steal home, catcher Corey Rutkin and short stop Anthony Lanzilotta played a little catch over his head and then Rutkin put the tag on him for the out. Pitre manufactured the Bear’s first run with a lead off single and successive steals all the way home to the dug out. It’s fair to say that the guys on the bench seemed pretty pleased with the man. The Duck’s scored in the top of the second to tie the score and the Bear’s went in order in the bottom of the inning. The game really started in the third. It seemed like the Ducks were in control as their lead off hitter blasted a double. It was not to be though as he started a routine steal off a big lead on what looked like a wild pitch but catcher Rutkin scooped it up, gunned it to Lanzilotta at third and the runner was out. The next batter reached on an error and again the steal, again the throw and voila, out at second, Rutkin to Yanni Rigos, short stop. A grounder to first and the Bears were up to bat. First two batters strike out. Pitre is up. What a ball player!! Two out double!! Lanzilotta is next. Single, sending Pitre to third. Matthew Vowinkle who has been clutch all year with runners in scoring positions, hits a solid ball to center, sends both men home. Score now stands 3-1 and Matthew earns himself game ball honors. Vowinkle goes to second on a Rigos single and then the two effect the double steal as Rutkin bats next. With the count 1 and 2, Rutkin swings and misses, somehow the Ducks miss the umpires call, assume the swing was strike three, the ball is live and the two runners come home. Score is 5-1. There is no score in the fourth. In the top of the fifth the Ducks rally and manufacture a run with excellent base running and a steal of home. Score 5-2. The Bear’s batters are having none of it. Anthony Lanzilotta leads off the bottom of the fifth with a triple then is called out on a close play trying to steal home. Matthew Vowinkle, men on base or not, slams it and gets a triple. Yanni Rigos gets the RBI with his second single of the game. Corey Rutkin sends him home with the third triple of the inning. The score now stands at 7-2 and that’s how it stays. Jason Seidman follows Rutkin with a single but the last two batters fail to produce. The Ducks don’t score in the sixth and the last regular season game is over. On to the play-offs.
Queens Garden Nursery Bears vs.
Salmon Limousine Services Inc Cyclones
It was a freezing cold night at Merillon as the Bears again faced off against their arch nemesis the Cyclones but the action on the field was so hot that the spectators almost (almost) forgot how chilly and miserable they were. In temperatures more suited to football, fans were treated to some terrific pitching, fielding, hitting and base running by both teams. The Bears have had a history of uncharacteristically sloppy baseball against this crew in games past but onthis night the boys were on, and left the field with a decisive 4-0 victory. Pitchers Christian Carrick and Yanni Rigos were both simply awesome. They split the game and between them had 7 strikeouts, one walk and allowed only 4 hits. Allowing for one breathtaking sliding catch by second baseman Anthony Pitre that would have made the highlight film of any real major league game this is still pretty incredible pitching against some of the best hitters in the Merrillon majors. Pitre made the catch with runners at second and third and no outs! Then Carrick struck out the next two batters. Catcher Corey Rutkin continued to do well behind the plate and threw out a runner in the third to end that inning with a Cyclone runner left on base. Matthew Vowinkle consistently kept the balls off the ground in center field as he does so well. Bears bats worked well. Yanni Rigos had two base hits, Christian Carrick a double and a triple, Corey Rutkin two base hits, Anthony Lanzilotta a double (RBI), Rich Lufrano a double (RBI), Matthew Vowinkle a single (RBI), and Jason Seidman a single. Max Cohn earned an RBI on a fielders choice. A really wonderful game that the whole team won together.
Chico Bail Bonds Cubs vs
Notre Dame CYO Padres
Thursday May 26 2011 a beautiful night for baseball. Both teams excited to play and a great game it was. Defensively the Padres playing their game making plays all over the infield. Justin Marsella and Nick Marsella turning another double play for team, Giuseppe Seidita making a nice play on a pop to make a put out. Michael Campagnuolo, Christopher Zovko making great attempts and putting their bodies in front of the ball. Great job boys.On offense with a monster day at the plate showing power Giuseppe Seidita going 5-5 with 4 huge doubles 7 RBIs and Nick Marsella going 4-5 with a 2 doubles and 3 RBIs. With multiple hits Steven Rabayo, Christian Sikiric, Anthony Stigliano and Stellios Bizekis giving all they can at the plate. Great job by all the boys making the effort and willingness to learn.
Hand Rolled Bagels Reds (4)
vs. Sportography Giants (4)
The Reds and Giants launched Memorial Day Weekend with a bang with some fast and furious Friday night fireworks. The Reds showed a staunch defense, with first-inning putouts by Matthew Baronci (caught fly ball in left field) and Raymond Gresalfi (flashing the leather with a fine play at second base for another out). Eric Del Valle featured prominently in the offense, with a single and double steal of home (Mike Mellone taking second on the play) early and a single and a steal of home late for a 4-3 lead. Nick Femina had another fine game, pitching 2 good innings, fielding a bunt for a fine play, and stroked a single to contribute offensively. Jonathan Lopez was on base twice, and ran the bases well, and Greg Capelle made a fine play on a grounder to first. The game ball went to Anthony DePompeis, who was tremendous, striking out more than a handful, mashing a fastball for a double, and preserving a hard-fought tie in the bottom of the last by inducing a grounder back to the mound for the final out with the potential winning run on third. What a game - Go Reds!
The NHPLL Girls Juniors Softball Team won two District 29 Doubleheaders this past weekend with victories over Malverne and Valley Stream. On Saturday, the NHP Girls were led by the terrific pitching of Sabrina Santoruvo’s complete game, 1 hitter (6K’s) and Jillian Sakowich (6IP, 10K’s) for the sweep on Saturday. Kristen Hickey (4-4, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs) belted a towering double to the fence and Geena Fornataro (4-5, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs) also laced a shot into the gap to provide early offense in game one. Jillian Sakowich set the table all day from the left side with a 3-4 performance including (3R, 3 slap hits over third, and 2 RBI). Kim Spagnuolo (3-4, 2RBI), Lisa Pellegrino (2-4, 2SB), Danielle Dziomba (2-4, double, 1 RBI), and Sabrina Spiridigliozzi (2-4, 1SB) all had a big day at the plate.
What a back and forth battle between the BOLTS and BIG BLUE from Garden City. The winning runs were scored off a grand slam home run hit by Logan Ward. The hit parade continued with Jillian Cooper, Lauren Wasserman and Logan Ward getting big hits and reaching base all three times and scored all three times. Daniella Connor got one hit and scored a run. Paulina Valentine continues to leads the team in stolen bases and scored two runs. Cece Schnall did another great job behind the plate and with her bat, getting on base twice and scoring a run. Kaitlyn Stoyer and Haylie Lempert contributed by reaching base all three times and each scoring a run. Gabbie Reniere was hit by a pitch and scored a big run for the team. Joanna Mauceri continues her great plays in the field and great speed on the bases. Rachel Schneider reached base once and made a good play in the field to help in the win against Garden City. Way to Go BOLTS.
Queens Garden Nursery Bears vs.
Hillside Beverage Ducks
Another nail-biter for the fans as their Bears battled to a win in aclose game. The men in blue eked one out with only four hits, two coming late in the game. Base running, fielding and pitching made all the difference inthis baby. The Bears bats were uncharacteristically quiet, but the conversion of four hits to four runs turned out to be enough. Christian Carrick had a single to lead off the first and came around to score. In the fifth, tied 2-2, upper deck seats starting to empty, Yanni Rigos started a comeback rally with a big double. Corey Rutkin protected the plate, waited for his pitch and earned MVP with a single that sent the winning run home. The fans rallied, the stands rocked and Jason Seidman brought Corey home with a huge shot to right field.
Bical Chevy jumped in front to an early 3 - 0 lead, but Carvel fought back and tied the score at 5 - 5 in the top of the 5th inning . In the bottom of the 6th inning, consecutive hits by Katie Tubridy and Irene Krische led to the winning run. Strong pitching was provided by Felissa Bronzino and Irene Krische for Bical Chevy, and by Gabby Millan and Hallie Dziomba for Carvel. Bical Chevy was led by the hitting performances of Katie Tubridy, Irene Krische and Felissa Bronzino. Carvel hitting was led by Gabby Millan and TIffany Moreno. The fielding stars of the game were Kelly Andreuzzi for Bical Chevy and Corinne McCoy for Carvel. A special thanks to Meia Bronzino and Paige from the Farms Division for playing up this game.
It was another great outing for the mighty Giants who once again displayed strong pitching, timely hitting and patience at the plate to earn their third victory of the season against an impressive Rays team at the Merillon Complex this evening. Starter Max Silverstein earned his third win of the season with a 5 strikeout performance over 3 innings and also contributed offensively with a single, a 3-run home run, 3 stolen bases and 2 runs scored. John Napolitano turned in 2 solid innings of relief with 6 strikeouts of his own while adding to the bottom line with a single, a stolen base and 2 runs scored. Also contributing offensively was Gregory Andreopoulos and Patrick McTiernan who combined for 5 walks, 5 stolen bases, an RBI and 3 runs scored while Christopher Valentine and Scott Schanter each drove in timely runs on sharply hit balls in the infield. Alex Garabedian and Matthew Notine added to the bottom line with an RBI and run scored, respectively while Jesse Romano flashed the leather in the field. A special thanks to call-up CJ Riccobono who not only stole a base and scored a run, but patrolled the outfield with authority.
April 27th - The rain held up for the Dodgers and Royals on Wednesday night for a great game by both teams. The Dodgers played well on both sides of the ball. Great offensive efforts by Justin Rosen who was 4-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI’s. Nicholas Ungania and Ralph Bonelli both contributed with their first doubles of the season. Stephen Bracco had 4 hits; Nicholas Ungania, Nicholas Rubinic, Joseph Mattei, Daniel Simmons and William Vasilakos all contributed with 3 hits each. Justin Rosen also added a single-handed double play at first base. Great effort against a very good Royals team.
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