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Little League Awards

The Massapequa Coast Little League held their annual awards dinner last week to honor players, coaches and teams for their on-field achievements during the 2013 season.

More than 475 people attended the dinner, including players, parents, coaches and league officials. In addition to the attendees, the Little League community were also visited by many local elected and county officials that evening, including Town Supervisor John Venditto and his colleagues.

The Coast League, which puts out a spring intramural program of 90 plus teams, 15 summer tournament teams and 30 fall teams, had a lot to celebrate in 2013 in honoring players and coaches from their respective teams.

The guest speaker for the evening was Larry Izzo, a New York Mets area scout for the last eight years and a Major League Baseball scout for more than 30 years. In addition to Izzo, high school senior alumni players Alex Cosenza, Nick Garland and Bobby Honeyman, who recently were awarded Division-1 Baseball Scholarships, spoke about their experiences growing up in the Massapequa Coast Little League from T-Ball thru the Seniors Division.

More than 245 players were presented with either a trophy, a plaque or a custom sweatshirt acknowledging their 2013 achievments. In addition to team and player achievements, the Massapequa Little League honored several individuals: Peter Hart received the 25 Year Service Award, Hodge Begis received the Presidents Appreciation Award, Al Freise received the Volunteer of the Year Award and Tyler Swartz received the Sportsman of the Year Award.

The awards dinner concluded with the Coast League’s popular raffle. More than 45 items were raffled off including a bicycle, an iPad, a Sony XBOX system, a 32-inch televison, a 50-inch televison, a Matt Harvey autographed All-Star Game baseball and a Yankee Stadium bleacher seat signed by Mariano Rivera.