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Town Honors Military With Baseball Showdown

America’s pastime gets the local treatment as Town of Oyster Bay officials announced Massapequa’s John J. Burns Town Park will host a special baseball game between the U.S. Military All-Stars and the Long Island Force High School All-Star team on Tuesday, June 25 at 8 p.m.

The teams will play for the 2013 Supervisor’s Trophy and honor the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform to protect the country.

“The U.S. Military All-Stars are an elite baseball team comprised of active duty service members,” said Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto. “They play around the nation and are frequently the guests of major league and minor league baseball teams.”

Admission to the contest is free and prior to the game members of both squads will conduct a baseball clinic for Little League players in attendance. There will also be a homerun derby and a patriotic ceremony recognizing service men and women.

In addition, there will be a special barbecue for the players and clinic participants.

Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph G. Pinto’s ties to the baseball community in Massapequa were an important catalyst to bringing this game to the town.

This is the first time the military all-stars will square off against a team of prominent high school players, and Anthony Passalacqua, co-founder of Long Island Baseball, said it is an opportunity for baseball standouts to display their talents.

 “It provides a great showcase for the area’s young players and scouts from local major league teams are expected to be in attendance,” Passalacqua said. “The Long Island Force High School All-Star Team will represent Long Island well and, at the same time, they will be a part of paying tribute to our heroes in the military.”

Venditto said being selected to host the ballgame speaks volumes about the town’s fields and facilities, which, he said, “are considered to be among the finest in the nation.”

“I urge everyone to come out and show their support and share in a fun filled evening of sports and Americana,” he said.