In the World Series game for the minor division of the Manhasset Baseball League, the Red Sox, sponsored by Metro Dodge Jeep, prevailed over the Indians of North Shore Physical Therapy, 1-0.The diamond at Memorial Field saw a hard-fought pitchers' duel with Daniel Barnes and Scott Herdemian combining for the one-hit blanking of the Tribe, with Barnes closing the door in the last inning with the Indians threatening with a runner in scoring position. In the field in the last stanza the Red Sox made critical defensive plays with Zack Koufakis fielding a grounder for a key out. For the Indians, Ryan Brenner had the lone hit and Brenner, Paul Giorgetti and Tommy Gordano took to the hill to limit the powerful Sox to a single run. The lone Red Sox tally came when Matty Roberts drove in Michael Driscoll for the winning run with daring base-running by the Sox producing the score.
The road to the final two started for the Sox with a playoff-opening 11-2 win over the Mets of DiMaggio's Restaurant, which featured for the Sox a grand slam from Robert O'Connell and strong hitting from first-grader Kevin Heenan and Barnes. The Mets' Alexander Grimes pitched valiantly. For the Metropolitans, Tristin Miller, Brian Kelly, Alex Zaccaria, Ryan Welsh, Sean Welsh and Alex Yakaitis advanced the effort.
On Saturday of the World Series weekend, the Junior High Field was the setting for a critical semi-final contest in which the Sox prevailed over the Pirates of Dr. P. 10-6. This match featured a 3-run "touch'em all" wallop by Kevin Heenan and a two-run shot from Daniel Barnes. Barnes and Scott Herdemian pitched well for the Sox. Chase Cotter led the Pirates on the mound. Rick DeCicco blasted a round-tripper and William McIntosh executed an alert play in the outfield.
To reach the semi-finals the Pirates first triumphed over the Giants of Bob's One-Hour Photo 10-7, a contest which began on Wednesday at the Junior High Field and ended on Friday at Munsey Park. Ryan Clark homered for the Pirates and Erick Gadaleta had an important hit. The duo of Cotter and Clark led the Pirates from the rubber. The cause was otherwise advanced for the Pirates of Pacienza by Michael Arsiotis, Rick Decicco, Carmine Di Gruccio, Vincent Pacienza and Eric DiAndrea. For the Giants, Jeremy Kreitman, Daniel Brugal and Ryan Conway hurled strong innings. Reaching new heights for the Giants were Conor Bennet, Billy Coughlin, Dylan Harris, Nathan Linsky, Michael Lucente, James McKenna, Michael Tierney, Ryan Nicolosi and Michael Naclerio.
The Indian trail to the playoff-finale was a dramatic and emotional 5-4 win over the Marlins of MBA Auto Repair. With storm clouds brewing and the game tied in the final stanza, Mike Millard of the Indians drove in the winning run. Ryan Brenner led the Indians on the mound. For the Marlins, Shawn Martin and Kyle Geiger handled the pitching chores with Anthony Vidal playing brilliantly at first base.
The Marlins had earned the right to play the Indians by besting the Yankees of Frank McCormick also by a score of 5-4. All year long the Marlins have had a team effort with Kyle Geiger and Shawn Martin on the hill, Nick Petracca behind the plate, A.J.Pegno (who led the team in walks) and Anthony Albanese at shortstop and Dylan McGoldrick at second base. During the regular season, both McGoldrick and Albanese belted grand slam homers. Also showing promise for the fish were Peter Aitken,Jimmy Wenk, William Cybriwsky and Gary Dawes. For the Yankees, Perry Sherman and Matthew Stanton played well and backstop Owen Sweeney added a base knock. Special pinstripe mention goes to James Kerrigan, Michael Easton, David Segen, Chris Sikora and Zach Wachter.
For this inaugural season, we would like to thank our sponsors for their financial support. Plaudits go to the following managers and coaches for their persistence, patience and perseverance.
Metro Dodge Jeep Red Sox: Manager Bob O'Connell; Coaches Steve Koufakis, Mike Driscoll and Bill Heenan.
North Shore Physical Therapy Indians: Managers Mark Brenner and Paul Cunningham; Coaches David Gallo and Carl Pate.
MBA Auto Repair Marlins: Manager Brian Barrett; Coaches Gary Dawes, Sr. and Nestor Cybriwsky.
Dr. P's Pirates: Manager Greg Cotter; Coach John DiAndrea.
Bob's One-Hour Photo Giants: Managers Kevin Conway and Artie McKenna; Coaches Frank Naclerio, Rusty Hueglin, Jim Harris and Neil Brugal.
Frank McCormick Yankees: Manager Jim Keneally; Coaches Tom Sweeney and Dan Easton.
DiMaggio Restaurant Mets: Managers Brian Kelly and Jeff Lightcap; Coaches Tim Welsh and Paul Welsh.