It's a Monday morning in July and the Manhasset Baseball League Summer Camp has started. The sun is beaming down on the dusty, dry ball field and slowly, one by one, the boys start to arrive. With a bat, ball, and a glove in hand, they all assemble on the pitcher's mound and choose the day's teams. Balls sail into the outfield, strikes are called, dirt is flying at second base upon each and every slide, and then the moment everyone fears-the ball is hit over the fence and into the beast's territory. So it's time to put everyone's pennies together and run to the drug store in order to buy a new ball. Then maybe there's some time to grab an ice cream at the soda shop in town.
Ok, so maybe the kids at the Manhasset Baseball League Summer Camp play on a nicely groomed ball field instead of a sandlot; they don't have to worry about what lies on the other side of the fence (i.e. the Beast); they don't have to pool their coins together to get another ball-the coaches have plenty, and the kids don't tend to run into the soda shop but instead Yanni the ice cream man comes around to the field. Other than those few differences, the Manhasset Summer Baseball kids enjoy their summers just as the sandlot kids did because after all, what's better than playing baseball with your friends in the summer?
This past summer, two hundred kids participated in the Manhasset Baseball League Summer Camp where they played daily games with each other all while learning and taking instruction by the many coaches who work at the camp. Most of these coaches are veterans of the camp and continue to come back each year because of the many rewards that come from playing and teaching kids their favorite sport. Everyone enjoyed attending camp this year and remnants of the summer camp can still be seen around town with kids wearing the bright orange baseball camp T-shirts. Friendships were born and summer memories were created. A big thank you to all of the Manhasset Baseball League summer coaches who help make this camp a success year after year: Coaches Rich Hess, Jason Freeman, Dave Alt, Nolan Kucich, Jonathan Matteo, Steve Summer, and all of the volunteers. Thank you also to Alex Miglis and Joey Accardi for helping run the T-ball camp on Tuesday and Thursday nights. And finally, a big thank you to all of the kids who shared their love of the game with one another this past summer--until next summer where more Sandlot dreams will be had. For information regarding the summer camp or the Manhasset PAL Baseball/Softball League in general, please contact Gary Kucich at (646) 734-6701 or visit the website at: www.manhassetbaseballleague.com.