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Division 1 College Baseball Teams to Square Off Oct. 2 at Burns Park

The Town of Oyster Bay will host the Supervisor’s Trophy Game, an NCAA Division 1 College Baseball Showdown, at John J. Burns Town Park on Merrick Road in Massapequa on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., according to Supervisor John Venditto. The contest, featuring NCAA powers New York Institute of Technology and Hofstra University, will showcase some the area’s best baseball talent. Admission is free.

The game, which will be hosted by the Massapequa Coast Little League, will feature a family barbecue prior to the game, a free youth clinic featuring college coaches and players from both teams as well as former New York Yankee Rusty Torres at 4:30 p.m. and a Home Run Derby beginning at 5:30 p.m. The home run derby will feature power hitters from both Hofstra University and the New York Institute of Technology.

“This special event is a great way to celebrate America’s favorite pastime and the positive effect the game has on a local level,” Venditto said. “The day’s activities offer something for everyone. Best of all, the entire family can enjoy a great baseball game for free. The game also draws attention to outstanding youth baseball organizations like the Massapequa Coast Little League, which offer participants healthy athletic activity in a team structured and educational environment.”

Venditto continued, “Baseball is one of Long Island’s most popular youth participation activities and this game coming to the Town represents the widespread appeal of the sport. It should be very popular with local residents who enjoy seeing baseball played at a very high level.”

According to the supervisor, the collegiate game will also serve as a fine example for the Town’s young baseball players, who can one day aspire to further their education through athletics.

“These Division I programs offer youngsters excellent academic and athletic opportunities.” Venditto said. “We’re proud to host and support this event, which not only provides a healthy outlet for participants, but will entertain sports fans from all over the town.”

Venditto also commended the staff of the town’s parks department for their ongoing efforts to maintain the Town’s outstanding parks and facilities. “It’s no secret in the local sports community that the town’s fields are among the finest in the nation,” he said. “The fact that the Hofstra Pride and the New York Institute of Technology Bears are playing on them is testament to that fact. I feel it is truly a compliment when NCAA Division 1 athletic programs play on our facility. They feature some of the finest athletes in the country.”

Venditto said he is looking forward to the supervisor’s Trophy Game on Oct. 2. “It will be an outstanding event and I’m proud to be hosting them here in the Town of Oyster Bay. I hope the residents will come out and support these two outstanding schools,” he said.