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Merillon Athletic Association: July 24, 2009

Merillon Little League Announcement
Merillon Little League sweeps District 28!

For the first time in Merillon history the 10, 11 and 12 year-old All-Star teams won their respective Williamsport District Championships.

The 9-10 year old All-Stars managed by Tom Murphy and coached by Bill Donovan, Al Rossello and Mark Quinn…the 10-11 year old All-Stars managed by Lou Messina and coached by Mike Varrone, Greg Kyro and JohnTagios and the 11-12 year old All-Stars managed by George Theodoropoulos and coached by John Young, Liam Slattery, Jack Clark and Jim Cioffi.

Congratulations to all the players and good luck in the sectionals!


Merillon Little League Scores

Lower Farms
July 13

State Bank of Long Island “Dodgers”
Vs. Dr. William Facibene MD PC “Braves”

The Dodgers showed off their bat speed with ropes hit throughout the baseball diamond by Cenzo Montoni, Mathew Merolla, Paul Depaulis, Joseph Griffin, Christian Zamorra, and Joe Muratore. Jordan Seidenberg added to the lead with a long double to left. The infield played by Justin Marsella, Nicholas Marsellai, Jack Nathan, Michael Campagnoulo and Logan Golia continues to improve on their fundamentals. As always, everyone had a great time.

The All County Business Solutions “Athletics”
Vs. Bagels and a Hole Lot More “Cubs”

The Athletics continued to hit and field down at the yard this week. The Slugger Awards for this week go to A. Gull, J. Witty, Spicier, Advocacies, J .Coronado, J. Tamara, MCollusion, Laager, C. Car bone and CJ Riccobono. Our Gold Glove Awards go to J. Witt, A. Gullo. C.Carbone & CJ Riccobono, these gamers’ can really “turn em” on the infield. Till next time always run em out.

State Bank of Long Island “Dodgers”
Vs. Dr. William Facibene, MD PC “Braves”

It was a well played game on both sides. All our players did a great job. Offensive stars for the Braves were Garrett Roth & Daniel Raziyev with 3 hits each. Joshua Raziyev, Erik Lyngstad Hughes, & Anshul Agrawal with 2 hits each. Ryan Wasserman & Christopher Bruccoleri each made a great play in the field. Also contributing to the team were Daniel Reilly, Aditya Jindal, Ankit Agrawal, & Logan.


July 15

All County Business Solutions “Athletics”
Vs, State Bank of LI “Dodgers”

The Athletics played little ball with timely hitting and some unexpected power numbers from our rookies down at the yard this week. The charge for our Slugger Awards this week was led by M.Colluccio, J.Witt, J Coronado, S Derrocchi, J Tamara, A Aggerenza, A. Gullo, C Piccirillo, C Carbone & CJ Riccobono. Our Gold Glove Awards go to J. Witt, C. Piccirillo, J. Tamara, A. Gullo, C. Carbone & CJ Riccobono. Till next time always run em out.


Upper Farms


July 14

BAB Mechanical “Brewers”
Vs. Port Washington

The Brewers started off the summer season with some great pitching by Phillip Chang and Alessandro Lacera. They got strong defensive support the short stop to second combos of Tyler Witt to Scott Schanter and Sean O’Leary to John Napolitano. Tyler Witt also made a fine running catch in the outfield later in the game. Matt Rivera made his pitching debut and recorded his first career strikeout. Luke Tessoire led the offense with two hits in this defensive battle.


July 15

City Line Florist “Angels”
Vs. Floral Park

The Angels came ready to play. The pitching was nothing less than fantastic. Joe Dampman, Sean Fishbein, Thomas Mangin, Sean McClellan, Alex Russo & Dean Vayias combined to pitched 6 innings of shutout baseball while allowing only four hits. The offense was lead by Steven Vlahakis who went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI’s. It was a defensive play by Stephen Guy that insured the shutout. In the bottom of the 4th inning Stephen Guy made a running diving catch on the left field foul line that had the ball dropped the batter would have easily circled the base to end the shutout.


July 16

BAB Mechanical “Brewers”
Vs. Garden City

The Brewers played another close game due to some great defensive plays. Sean O’Leary threw a one hopper home to the catcher George Vlantis who grab the ball and applied the tag quickly to keep a run from scoring. Phillip Chang started a nice first to second double play later in the game making a strong throw to George Vlantis who made another nice tag play. Luke Pullo and Alex Banks did very good in their first ever pitching appearances. Michael Smith, Alessandro Lacera and John Napolitano each had two hits to support the offense.


July 17

City Line Florist “Angels”
Vs. Garden City South

In what was another pitching dominated outing by the Angels. The Angles pitchers Joe Dampman, Sean Fishbein, Sean McClellan, Stephen Guy, Alex Russo & Steven Vlahakis stymied the Garden City South team by combining to pitch a one hit shutout. Offensive production was provided by the entire line up. Thomas Mangin started the barrage in the top of the first with a lead off double that lead to 4 runs also after hitting a single in the bottom of the third Grant Joseph scored a run.




July 14

Gigi’s Italian Restaurant “Astros” 4
Vs. Mineola 1

The Astros opened their summer season with an impressive win against a tough Mineola team. Pitching dominated in this game with Anthony Bartolotta and Nick Mrakovcic combining to allow only 1 run and striking out 7 batters each. Nick also helped his cause by belting a double to bring in a run and launching a solo HR later in the game. Also contributing to the offense was Jimmy Denara who smacked a double, James Castaldi with a single and Jason Sideman with a single. Fran Labita thrilled the crowd with a successful steal of home to add an insurance run in the 5th inning. The defense was led by Michael Zuschlag who called a great game behind the plate and John Denara, Mike Telsey, Matt Fitzgerald, Mike Chammadian, Jacob Leeds & Bryan Nankoo who all played well in the field.


July 16

Gigi’s Italian Restaurant “Astros” 15
Vs. Port Washington 7

The Astros offense exploded for 15 runs tonight to give the Astros their second win of the season. Nick Mrakovcic started the scoring with a lead-off triple and a steal of home. The 1st inning rally continued with a single by Jacob Leeds, a double by Fran Labita and a bases clearing double by Jimmy Denara. Mike Telsey, James Castaldi, John Denara, & Jason Sideman all had big hits later in the game to score more runs, while Anthony Bartolotta, Matt Fitzgerald and Andrew Yun each stole bases and scored runs. Tough break for Mike Chammadian who was robbed of a base hit in the 5th inning when the Port Washington second baseman snared his sharp liner. Michael Zuschlag again anchored the defense from behind the plate and Brian Nankoo played solidly in the field.


10 Year-old All-Stars


Merillon Sharks win District 28!

The Sharks completed the sweep for Merillon by winning the Williamsport District 28 championship for the 9-10 division. They follow the 11 Year Old & 12 Year Old teams that won their championship earlier this week. The Sharks practiced hard and played as team throughout the tournament. They were led by a strong pitching staff, Greg Haynes, Tom Murphy, Louis Plomitallo and Christian Carrick and were anchored by catchers Brendan Quinn and Anthony Lanzilotta. They also can hit led by Nick Mangia, Peter Restivo, Yanni Rigos and Matthew Vowinkel and have strong leadership, the captains Greg Donovan, Jack Nuttall and Vincent Rossello. The Sharks are looking forward to playing in the sectionals.


12 Year-old All-Stars


July 13
12-Year Old Merillon All Stars Win District 28!

Congratulations District 28 Champions! Merillon defeated East Williston at Port Washington’s Lions field to win Merillon’s first 12-year old title since 1993. For the last 5 years Manager George Theodoropoulos has consistently instilled in the boys, we come as 12, we play as 12 and we win (or lose) as 12. It was belief in that philosophy that let these boys put aside personal goals for the greater good of team. It was that belief coupled with their dedication and commitment to practicing 4 to 5 times a week without ever complaining that led to their success. Their love of the game, desire to improve and to compete at the highest level motivates them to play to the best of their abilities. What is equally impressive is the collective conviction that the District Championship is just the beginning of Williamsport play. Thanks should be given to Manager George Theodoropoulos, Coaches John Young, Liam Slattery, Jack Clark and Jim Cioffi for their dedication and devotion to the boys. Thanks also should be given to Mr. Crames for keeping pitching records, Dr. William (Bill) Facibene for being our team physician/photographer, Ken Patrey and Tom Scanlon for assisting us with the pitchers and batting practice and to the numerous fathers and mothers who assist us by making sure the boys are at the right place at the right time. The victory catapults the All Stars to sectional play beginning July 22nd at Sagamore Field as they vie for the State Championship.