Thursday, 04 July 2013 00:00
The Manhasset Cubs battled the Manhasset Nationals for the Sixth Grade Championship on June 18. The game was played in a steady rain on Valley’s new field of state-of-the-art turf. Early on, both teams played a solid defensive game despite miserable weather conditions. The Cubs started the game with their fireballer, Winston “Winny” Park, while the Nats countered with Alex “Rac” Racanelli. Both pitchers came out firing strikes, it was clear early on that opposing batters would have to dig in and battle.
Park pitched 3 2/3 brilliant innings and also chipped in with a home run for the Cubbies. Midway through the game, the Cubs jumped out to a 3-1 lead. In the fourth, the Nats came roaring back with a two-out rally, putting four runs across to take a 5-3 lead.
Jay Schlaefer and Devin O’Brien were the next hurlers the Nats threw against the Cubbies. The undeterred Cubs led off the bottom of the fourth with the top of their batting order. Lead-off hitter Michael Polis earned a gritty walk, after falling behind in the count 0-2. The fourth inning ended with five across for the Cubs, an 8-5 lead. Christopher “CC” Carillo relieved Park, pitching 2 1/3 innings and held off the Nats for the 8-5 win.
The Cubs finished the season in first place with a 12-2 record. They had a great season, the boys steadily improved and pulled together as a team to take the championship. The Manhasset Nationals had a solid spring season and finished in third place behind the Astros. As the season was winding down, these two teams jockeyed for playoff position. Ironically, they wound up facing each other in the Semifinal Championship Game. The Nationals defeated the Astros 10-7 to advance to the MBL Championship to face off against the Cubs in a solid playoff performance.