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Merillon Athletic Association: May 21, 2010

Merillon Notre Dame CYO Lightning 11 vs. Manhasset 8

The Lightning took on a tough and up until now, unbeaten Manhasset team. The girls were up to the challenge.  The wind was swirling but the pitchers were calm, cool, and collected.  Jessica Vissichelli got us started, holding the hard hitting opponent down with 3 K’s and a couple of scoreless innings.  Sophia Leeds came on in relief and sent her first 6 batters back to the dugout, striking out 3 and fielding 3 plays including a diving catch and 2 outs with partner Mariella Facibene, who played a solid first base.  Natalie Patrey was again in control behind the plate, playing nice aggressive ball.  The big bats of Sophia L. 2H (double) 2RBI,  Jessica V. 2H RBI, Mariella F. 2H, Hannah Kareff 2H, Monique Vavro 2H sent the ball sailing and driving in several runs. Natalie P. and Isabella Fazzolari took great cuts at the plate and tallied a hit and a RBI a piece.  Casey Sanders and Rachel Moss walked, stole bases and scored runs.  Defensively, the girls stepped it up by never giving up on the play and under very blustery conditions, making several outstanding plays.

Piccolo Italian Gourmet vs. Hillside Beverage Rockies

The Piccolo Italian Gourmet Diamondbacks played a strong game of both defense  and offense down at the yard this weekend. The team found a way to stay in the game both with the leather and the sticks.This weeks Golden Arms Awards go to N. Levkulic,P. Carecca,S.Fishbein and N. Lopez. This weeks Gold Glove Awards go to  N. Levkulic, P. Mc Tiernan, P. Carecca and CJ . Riccobono. This weeks Slugger Awards go to S. Fishbein, D. Coval, N.Levkulic, P. Mc Tiernan and CJ. Riccobono. This weeks 5 O’clock Thunder Award goes to N. Lopez for his five RBI’s.This weeks Gamer awards go to M. Collucio , M. Castelli and J. Tamara. Till next time Always Run Em Out.

Piccolo Italian Gourmet

Diamondbacks vs Baxter Sports Rangers

 The Piccolo Italian Gourmet Diamondbacks were in mid season form down at the yard this week. This weeks Golden Arms Awards go to S. Fishbein, N. Levkulic and J. Tamara. This weeks Gold Glove Awards go to J. Tamara, M. Castelli, D. Coval, L. Tesoriero, P. Mc Teirnan. This weeks Slugger Awards go to S. Fishbein, L. Tesoriero, N. Lopez, P. McTeirnan and CJ. Riccobono. This weeks 5  O ‘ clock Thunder Award goes to P. Carecca  . This weeks Gamer Awards go to M. Colluccio, D. Coval,H. Dewitt and P. Tozzi. Till next time Always Run Em Out.

 Knights of Columbus #2852 Merillon Dragons 18 vs. HBQVB 6

 The Dragons were unstoppable today and were clicking on all cylinders. The star of the game goes to the entire team, because everybody pitched in hitting and fielding throughout the game. Kristen R. and Madison S. had two great putouts at home plate by players trying to steal home. Gina P played well in the field making many successful outs at first. Brittany L, Julia K, Parker S, Una R., Cassidy L. and Michaela Z were awesome at the plate getting hits and running the bases like lightning! Nicole K. was lights out on the mound and gave the team the needed lift. The Dragons are making great strides and improving in every aspect of the game. “LET’S GO DRAGONS”

 Salmon Limousine Services Rays 3, Modell’s Pirates 8

The Rays suffered only their second defeat of the season, losing 8-3 to the potent Pirates.  The excellent Pirate pitching kept the Rays off the bases most of the evening, but hitting stars for the Rays included Matt O’Connor (2-run double staking the Rays to an early 2-0 lead), Jack Tucker (3rd HR of the season, bringing the Rays to within 1-run at 4-3), Jacob Seidenberg and Jordan Greiff.  Despite the loss, the Rays received strong pitching performances from Jacob Leventhal, Jared Schwartz and Matt O’Connor.  Defensive stalwarts included Brian Volk (nice play to get a force at 2B with the bases loaded), Michael Telsey, Joey Jacobs, Ryan Hodes, Jared Hodes and Karan Thadhani.

Plain & Fancy Landscaping Bears 1 vs.Dominick’s Deli Pride 0

Plain & Fancy Landscaping Bears 2 vs.Dominick’s Deli Pride 1

The Bears and the Pride played a home and home series this week. Strong pitching and flawless defense led the way for the Bears.  In the first game Louis Plomitallo and Christian Carrick held the Pride batters in check giving up just one hit.  Rock solid catching by RJ Donohue helped this cause.  Smooth plays in the field by Anthony Lanzilotta, Nevin Nambiar and Jake Seker.  Mike Lopez continues to hit the ball hard.  Web gem of game goes to Landon Phillips who made a game ending catch of a line drive to second base. Special thanks to our call up Jake G.  The second game of the series was just as exciting as the first with Peter Tagios and Michael Varrone on the hill.  Solid plays at third by Landon kept the Pride batters off the bases.  Once again nice hitting by Mike L and Lou led to the Bears runs. Go Bears!

igi’s Pizza Marlins vs. Dr. Barbaro Phillies

The Marlins brought their A-game to the ballpark on Thursday against the Phillies.  The contest was close during the early innings, which featured strong pitching by Kenny Gensch and a snared liner by shortstop Elliot Weissman.  David Klebanow and Jake Blancher got the offense started with base hits off an up-and-coming Phillies pitcher.  The game turned on a bases-loaded, two-out play by first baseman Eric Madenberg, who backhanded a grounder headed for the hole and beat the runner to the bag.  That fueled a big inning, including Chris Bruccoleri with a two-RBI hit and Charlie Goodwin with a shot down the third base line.  The bats stayed hot the next inning with Paul Fadoul drawing an RBI base-on-balls.  Sean O’Connor singled up the middle, then stole second and third before scoring on Ivan Vidaich’s clutch hit.  Dylan Kareff singled in the Marlins final run in a well-earned victory.

Grant Thornton Brewers vs.

The Piccolo Italian Gourmet Diamondbacks

The Brewers got excellent pitching from Jordan Siedenberg and Philip Menist each pitching two innings and struck out four and five respectively.  The shortstop/second base combinations of Sean O’Leary and Michael Kurre and Alessandro Lacera and Jordan Siedenberg made super defensive plays at second base almost turning double plays.  Ryan Cloonan and Matthew Shen did a great job playing catcher and each reached base twice with one RBI apiece.  Daniel Mattei had a nice sharp hit producing a run.  It was an excellent game played by both the Brewers and Diamondbacks.

Salmon Limousine Services Rays 13 vs Ridgewood Savings Bank Mariners 6 

The Rays avoided a two-game losing streak and returned to the win column with a well-played 13-6 victory over the marvelous Mariners.  The Rays received an outstanding starting pitching performance by Jordan “Get me to Philly” Greiff, who went 4 strong innings in his longest outing of the season, and finished his outing by striking out the side in the 4th inning.  Jordan was followed to the mound by his “J&J” teammate, Joey Jacobs, who went the rest of the way and threw strike after strike.  The Rays’ bats also came alive, highlighted by back-to-back, and belly-to-belly, mammoth HRs from Jordan Greiff and Michael Telsey.  Additional offensive stars included Jared Schwartz, Jacob “I never met a high pitch I didn’t like” Seidenberg, Jack Tucker (robbed of his 4th HR of the season) and Joey Jacobs.  After the previous game where the Rays struck out 11 times, in this game almost every batter put the bat on the ball.  The Rays also displayed heads-up baserunning by taking the extra base when possible and also with steals of home by Jack Tucker and Brian Volk.  Keeping the Mariners off the scoreboard took some excellent defense from Jared Schwartz (4 solid innings behind the plate), Brian Volk (nice play to start the game), Ryan Hodes (great pick at 3B), Jared Hodes and Karan Thadhani (both strong play in the OF).

Gair, Gair Conason, et al. “Braves”vs. Notre Dame CYO “Nationals”

 It was a great game by both teams.  Offensive stars for the Braves were Philip Schurr with 4 hits and 3 runs scored, Stephen DeRocchis, Ryan Wasserman, Sam Motelson, Aaron Canese, Kenny Hirschfeld & Matthew Farkas had 3 hits each.  Christopher Gould contributed with 2 hits.  Stephen DeRocchis made a great catch on a hot liner and all the other boys contributed to a great team effort.

Ridgewood Savings Bank Mariners 6 vs.

Salmon Limousine Services Rays 13

The Mariners suffered a tough loss despite outstanding clutch hitting and defense.  John Denara drove in four of the Mariners’ six runs with two clutch singles.  Jacob Leeds, Danny Kosofsky and Dominick Piccirillo all went 2 for 3 with the bat, while Joe Dunn and Jimmy Denara each laced a single through the infield.  Defensive play of the game came in the second inning when Gregory Capelle tracked down and snared a long fly-ball in deep leftfield.  Also helping on defense was Michael Zuschlag, who scooped up two ground balls at second,  James Castaldi, who flashed leather at first base and Harman Takhur in both the infield and the outfield.

Robert J. Kurre & Associates, PC Ducks 11 vs.

Dominick’s Italian & American Delicatessen Pride 10

The Ducks win lead by Jack Mangin’s bat, as he was a single shy of the cycle and had 4 RBIs.  Also joining the hit parade was Vin Rossello with a booming double and a single,  David West 2 RBIs,  Harris Monoson 2 runs and a sac bunt, Greg Donovan 2 runs and 2 hits and Greg Haynes 1 run and 1 hit.  The pitching saw starter Frankie Saladino throw strikes in his 2010 debut. Zach Schreiber’s 50 pitch effort set up the win for Tyler Weiss 2 innings 2 Ks and the save for Greg Kyro 1 inning 1 K. It was a good team victory for the Ducks.

Salmon Limousine Services Rays 13 vs

Iron Horse Transport Blue Jays 12 

The Rays survived a nail-biter in a thrilling 13-12 victory over the brawling Blue Jays.  After jumping out to an early 8-0 lead, thanks to powerful 3-run home runs by Michael Telsey and Brian Volk, the Rays saw the Blue Jays chip away at the lead until they tied it at 11 after 4 innings.  Helping the Rays score runs were Matt O’Connor (a hustling triple to ignite a 2-out rally), Jack Tucker, Jared Schwartz (beautiful opposite field triple), Jacob Seidenberg (big 2-out RBI), Joey Jacobs and the brother tandem of Ryan Hodes and Jared Hodes, with the “Hodes Boys” combining on a huge 2-out, bases-empty run in the top of the 6th to give the Rays a much-needed insurance run.  Despite giving up 12 runs in the game, the Rays flashed some big-time leather, keeping the Blue Jays from scoring even more runs.  The strong defense was highlighted by Brian Volk (2 crucial plays gunning out runners at first in the later innings), Jared Schwartz (a rock behind the plate yet again), Jack Tucker (basket catch early in the game), Matt O’Connor (nailing a runner at the plate with the bases loaded) and Karan Thadhani (consistently strong).  On the mound, the Rays were led by Jacob Seidenberg (who battled through 3 tough innings) and Matt O’Connor (who also toughed it out to close out the game).

Virgilio Chiropractic and Wellness Center Padres vs.

Knights of Columbus NHP 2852 Dodgers

The rain held out and the Dodgers took the field in order to get back on a winning streak.  The bats were on fire and the RBI’s leaders were as follows:  Michale Campagnuolo 4 RBI’s, Nicholas Marsella, Justin Yang and Matthew Merolla with  3 RBI’s each.  Cenzo Montoni, Rob Martini, Christian Zamora, Stephen Bracco and Justin Marsella completed the Dodgers offense with 2 RBI’s each.  The Dodgers continued excellent defensive plays with two shutout innings


 The Dodgers and Braves played an excellent game wich came down to the 7th inning.  The top of the 7th inning displayed excellent defensive plays by Giuseppe Seidita, Nicholas Marsella and Stephen Bracco.  This set up the Dodgers opportunity for a walk off win.  The table was set with base hits by Matthew Merolla, Ben Goodwin and Justin Yang.  This set up a game winning double by Cenzo Montoni.  Multiple Dodgers deserve mention on Sundays game.  The most improved award goes to....Michael Campagnuolo.  The hustle award goes to....... Justin Marsella.  The playing with heart and team spirit award goes to ......Eli Goodwin and Christian Zamora.  Lastly, the longest rope award goes to Paul DePaulis.

Chiropractic and Wellness Center BURN vs Manhasset Orange

Sarah Bush, Daniella Connor and Lauren Wasserman pitched 2 great innings. Gabby MacKay led the team with 4 big hits. Sarah Belmonte and Elina Malamed had 3 hits a piece. Melanie Feinstein, Paulina Valentine, Cece Schnall, and Haylie Lempert made some great fielding plays with put outs at first base, second base and third base, stopping rallies by Manhasset Orange. Lauren Valencia & Samantha Grenard did a great job catching behind the plate and getting some nice base hits. The BURN plays hard and has fun playing and cheering each other on.

Gair, Gair Conason, et al. Braves vs. Knights of Columbus

New Hyde Park Council # 2852 Dodgers

It was a great game by both teams.  Offensive stars for the Braves were Stephen DRocchis with 4 hits, Luke Notine, & Matthew Farkas had 3 hits each.  Aaron Canese & Evan Kreth contributed with 2 hits each.  Sam Motelson was great on defense & all the other boys contributed to a great team effort.