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Merillon Athletic Association Little League Scores: April 18, 2012

Dominick’s Italian/American Deli Diamondbacks vs. Applebee’s Angels

Play Ball! Opening day started off with fireworks as the Diamondbacks’sixth-inning rally ended just short of a come from behind win. The starting pitchers: Cenzo Montoni, Garrett Roth, Thomas Rubinic, Anthony Steves, and Jackson Benjamin threw strikes and kept their team in the game. Marc Baronci, Jackson Benjamin and Cenzo Montoni set up the strike zone for their pitchers and played excellent defense behind the plate. Michael Campagnoulo, Brandon Colon, Mathew Merolla, Nicholas Rubinic, Mathew Rubinic, and Liam Nihan played heads up infield baseball and executed to keep the game close. With the game almost out of reach, Garrett Roth made a great catch in the fifth inning to end a scoring rally. The bats were cracking as Brandon Colon, Liam Nihan, Garrett Roth, Mathew Rubinic, and Nicholas Rubinic had hits to bring in three runs. The above led to the aforementioned sixth inning comeback. Down with a score of eight to three and an ACE on the mound for the Angels, Anthony Steves led off with a double. Cenzo Montoni brought home  Anthony with a triple down the right field line. Matthew Merolla hit a double to straight away center as Cenzo scored. Marc Baronci had an infield hit, Jackson Benjamin walked and Michael Camagnoulo filled the bases with another infield hit. There were two outs with the tying run at second and the go ahead run at first. The Diamondbacks’ fans were on the edge of their seats as the Angels ACE was in trouble. The ACE won this battle but the Diamondbacks learned that the game is never over and to never give up!! What a opening day game.

Dominick’s Italian/American Deli Diamondbacks vs. St John’s University Rockies

Game two featured the debut of pitchers Mathew Merolla and Michael Campagnuolo and they did not disappoint as they pitched scoreless innings. Thomas Rubinic pitched a strong inning giving up only one run and sealed the victory for the Diamondbacks in a shortened game due to daylight issues. The bats awakened with a bases clearing triple by Jackson Benjamin three RBI’s and two run scoring triple by Cenzo Montoni. Hustle on the bases by Mathew Rubinic. Marc Baronci and Nicholas Rubinic allowed for infield hits to begin rallies in the second and third innings. Defense also played a major role in the win as Garrett Roth played a great third base and ended an inning by swiping a quick tag as the Rockies attempted to steal third. As the Rockies were short players, Liam Nihan and Anthony Steeves volunteered to play for our opponent. Anthony turned a four to three double play and Liam hit a rope to centerfield. Brandon Colon cheered on his teammates as he was on the DL due to a broken toe.

New Hyde Park Kiwanis 10 vs All Island Dermatology 5

It was another strong showing by the mighty NHP Kiwanis Reds who handed the undefeated All Island Dermatology Giants their first loss of the season with a 10 to five win—while the Reds improve to three to one on the season. The Reds’ bats were electrifying, with solid hitting once again from Charlie Goodman who roped a single up the middle in the first inning, while both power hitters Dylan Kareff and AJ Devito tacked on doubles to center field helping to put runs on the board. On the field, it was heads up ball from Chris Bruccoleri who doubled up the Giants while on the mound, helping to end the inning, while in the fourth inning, Jordan Seidenberg helped to successfully pull off the run down to help end the inning. Behind the plate, Matthew Baronci’s bullet to third base helped to get us out of the fifth inning to nab the stealing Giants. In addition, we had productive bats from both Prit, Paarth Patel, Daniel Mattei, and Andrew Apazza, while John Welch was robbed of the hit when he hit a scorcher to the first baseman. Finally, veteran Elliot Weissman helped us clinch the win with pure brilliance once again on the mound, shutting down the Giants over three and two third innings, adding eight Ks to his record.   

Baxter’s BOLTS (23) vs. All County Angels (9)

The Bolts bats came alive on opening day with Samantha Grenard smashing a bases clearing double to break the game wide open in the fourth inning. Lauren “Lights out” Wasserman pitched three no hit innings and hit a triple scoring two runs. Daniella Connor had three hits and scored four runs. Hayle Lempert had four walks, scored four runs and stole home. Sarah Bush had two hits and scored three runs. CeCe Schnall had a big hit and scored twice. CeCe had a great game catching behind the plate. Caitlin Stoyer had two big hits and scored one run. Amber Roggendorf had a hit and scored three runs. Lauren Valencia had a big hit and scored a run. Gabby Ranieri walked once and scored once and made some nice plays at second base.

Adelphi University Twins vs. Models Sporting Goods Braves

The Twins put forth a monstrous effort in the face of extremely tough competition from the Braves today. The Twins fought through some early season jitters in the first few innings only to persevere, gel and put forth the kind of late season effort that coaches only dream of. The Twins were led onto the field today by Zachary Israel, in the leadoff spot, followed by Arjun Bhatt, Parker Cohen, Evan Lipp, Conner Gould, Jonathan Squicciarino, Zachary Stoyer and late spring call-up Brendan Hickis. Everyone played a part today. Zachary Israel got the first hit of the young season and scored the team’s first run on an RBI single by Evan Lipp. Brendan Hickis led off the second inning during which the Twins plated three runs on RBI’s by Evan Lipp, Conner Gould and Johathan Squicciarino. The Twins’ bats were quiet for the next two innings until Coach Cohen came in to relieve a beleaguered Coach Israel on the mound. Notably, Zachary Stoyer, who played fall ball with a Twins affiliate, added an RBI on several well-hit balls. Getting the Braves out proved quite difficult, as they are a well-coached and extremely talented squad. However, in the final inning, the Twins capitalized on some heads up play in the field led by Parker Cohen, Arjun Bhatt, Johathan Squicciarino and Zachary Israel and held the powerhouse Braves scoreless for the only time in the game. The boys really came together in the final inning and we look forward to building on that performance as the season continues. Game Notes:  The entire Twins organization sends a shout out to LJ Tsiforas, William Rho and Joshua Davis who were unable to make it to today’s game. We look forward to them rejoining the team for our next home stand.

The St. John’s University Rockies 4 vs. The Virgilio Chiropractic Wellness Center Rangers 3

The Virgilio Chiropractic Wellness Center Rangers kicked off the 2012 Merillon Upper Farms season with a closely played game. The Rangers starting pitcher Dylan McNulty pitched two good innings followed by two strong innings from Virag Shah and another from closer Abidin Dauti. In a game where the Rangers scored three times to come within a run of tying the score there were plenty of examples of fine hitting. Jonathan Grenard, Matthew Farkas, Shah, Erik Lyngstad-Hughes and James Prado all had hits while starter McNulty had the only multiple-hit game going two for two with a RBI. The Rangers scored twice in the fifth inning and looked confident going into the sixth when the game had to be called for darkness.

The St. John’s University Rockies 10 vs. The Virgilio Chiropractic Wellness Center Rangers 9

Game two in the home and away double header between the Virgilio Chiropractic Rangers and the Rockies was a high-scoring hit parade with the Rockies coming out on top, 10 to nine. The Rangers fell behind early but, like the western lawmen of old, they stayed in hot pursuit.  Ryan Lessing, Erik Lyngstad-Hughes and Virag Shah went three for four as the Rangers, including James Prado, scored nine times in the final three innings. Pitchers Ben Bidner, Ryan Lessing and Shah kept the Rangers in the game helped by the defense of Charlie Linden, Jack Knupfer and Jonathan Grenard. It was not to be but the Rangers showed what an offensive powerhouse they are and made the statement that this would be a terrific year.

The New Hyde Park Elks Royals vs. The Chico’s Bail Bonds Cubs

While Mr. Buttermaker was not present at today’s game, Alan Cooper’s Cubs put on a defensive clinic. The Royals did, however hold their own against the Cubs. The Royals Luke Gruosso and Matt Capelle led the  way with three hits apiece. Late position changes engineered by coaches Dunn and Capelle put the likes of  John Dunn and Michael Merolla in position to double up Buttermaker’s Cubs on a pop fly to left center. Next up for our courageous Royals is a grudge match between former teammates Michael O’Grady led by manager and father Ian O’Grady and our own New Hyde Park Elk sponsored Royals catcher/third baseman Bobby Symanski (son of Manager Bob Symanski.)  Look for the Royals, Jack Puvogel behind the plate at this one. Coach has Henderson, Zovko, A.J. Ponzo and Lance Y. hitting extra B.P. for next Friday’s game.

Adelphi University Twins vs. Model’s Sporting Goods Braves

It was a beautiful day for opening day of the Merillon Lower Farms Division. The Braves’ offense came alive with five players who had five hits each. Those players were Alan Sikora, Ryan Wasserman, Kenny Hirschfeld, Michael Paladino and Anthony Levia. Also contributing to the offensive attack was Edward Mauceri, Christopher Chin and Brian O’Connor. Leading the defensive for the Braves was Kenny, Ryan, Christopher and Alan. Kenny was like a cat behind the plate. Alan was like a vacuum in the infield. Ryan and Christopher made several great plays. Also Edward and Michael combined for a great put out in the last inning. Overall a great team effort and all the boys should be proud of themselves. The Twins also played a great game with some great plays in the field.

Chico’s B.B. Cubs vs. New Hyde Park Elks Royals

It was a beautiful opening day for the Lower Farm’s Cubs. Against tough competition from the Royals, the Cubs came ready to play ball. Led by its offensive sluggers, Jack Kareff, a double and four hits; Brendan Cooper, five hits; and Jon David Zebitsch, four hits, the Cub’s offense was in mid-season form. Other standouts at the plate included Vinay Patel and Eric Lee, with three hits each. The defense was solid as well with Jack Kareff making an unassisted double play at first base and outstanding catching by Joseph Chimenti behind the plate. Alex Isopo, Benjamin Harnick and James Asmus provided excellent defense in the field shutting down the Royals hot bats. The Cubs return Wednesday night for game second of the lower farms season.