Webster's dictionary describes "resilient" as an ability to recover from or adjust from easily to misfortune or change. After starting the season off slowly, the resilient Columbus Lodge #2143 softball team (the Golden Lions) swept a double header from the Bellmore Bulldogs at Mitchell Field in Uniondale and extended their winning streak to three straight.
Sons of Italy-Columbus Lodge #2143 Golden Lions defeated the Bellmore Bulldogs twice thanks to Anthony Curran's (right) two home runs and 4 RBIs in the first game and Tony Novarro's (left) run scoring single in the second game.
In the first game, despite being without three of their main bats (Vinny Battista, Joe Pesale and Daron Tripoli) the Lions showed heart and determination by coming from behind three times, including a 4-run 7th inning, to defeat the Bulldogs 9-7. Anthony Curran's 2-run home run (his second 2-run homer of the game), gave the Lions the come from behind victory. Andy Poulin's three hits helped Lou Roseto pitch his first win of the year.
Solid defense by rookie left fielder Chris Curran and rookie right fielder Vinny Calone have solidified an improving Lions' defense. "This game is about having fun and improving," said Lions Manager Ed Bochynski. "When you take the game too serious, it isn't fun and you don't play well. Too many times, I've seen quality athletes give up the game and walk away because they've lost sight on what is important."
In the second game of the twin-bill, Poulin and Lee Miceli opened the second inning with consecutive singles and "Hippie" Tony Novarro drove in the first of 8 runs for the Lions. Jeff Saviano's 2-run homerun took the final bite out of the Bulldogs. The 12-9 win gave pitcher Roseto (2-2) his second victory on the day. Lions' Frank Curran described the victories as "satisfying" and a "step in the right direction."
The Columbus Lodge enters the month of June as a team starting to gel at the right time. On Saturday, June 9, the Lions will play the 4th Annual Sons of Italy Softball Tournament" for the benefit of the Arthritis Foundation and on Sunday, June 16, the team will compete in the 7th Annual Ronald McDonald House Sports Festival. Lions Dave Saviano, who is batting .738 on the season, looks forward to the charity softball tournaments predicting "we'll do well."
The Order Sons of Italy in America is a non profit fraternal organization. The Columbus Lodge #2143 is a member of the OSIA and offers its members various social and recreational activities, as well as community and charity involvement. For more information on becoming part of the softball team or for general information about the organization, one may contact Pete Gisonda at 798-3972.