Mineola Chamber 6 - Total Security 3
Total Security jumped out with a run in the top of the first. Mike Fox walked and went to third on a double by Robert Sallie, who had two doubles on the night. Fox then stole home.
Leading off for Mineola Chamber was John Sullivan, who walked and went to third on a single by Daniel Fitzgerald. Sullivan stole home to tie the score at one.
Total Security took a 2-1 lead in the third. Mineola Chamber was quiet until the bottom of the fifth when the bats awoke. James Kelly walked, followed by a John Sullivan single. Daniel Fitzgerald singled for his second hit, scoring Kelly.
Daniel Vojivodic then hit a triple to score Sullivan and Fitzgerald and Daniel was awarded home on an overthrow. Terry Mooney singled. John Englis also singled, putting runners on first and third. Terry proceeded to steal home for the third time on the year.
Mooney pitched the first three innings striking out five batters. Vojivodic pitched the next three and held Total Security scoreless so his team could get back into the game.
First baseman Daniel Fitzgerald turned a double play by picking a hard hit grounder, stepping on first and throwing to third.
K's Auto Repair vs. Mineola Bicycle
Opening night of the 2002 MAA Minors Baseball Season brought summer temperatures to the famed Willis Ave Field # 1 as last year's championship runner-up K's Auto Repair took on Mineola Bicycle on April 16. The teams squared off in a battle ending in a 5-3 victory for the two wheelers.
The game started off as a pitcher's duel between basketball teammates TJ Winters and Nick Conte with each tossing four strikeouts in their allotted two innings. Bicycle opened the scoring with a run in the third. Dean Dombrowski doubled to leadoff and Matt Clancy tanked a two out-two strike single for the RBI. The Cyclists expanded their lead in the fourth behind a Bobby Port ribby fielders' choice and Conte's bases loaded single before Nicky Franzini of K's fired back to back strikeouts to stunt the rally.
K's cut into the lead in the home fourth. Scotty Mogavero singled in front of Winters' first career round tripper to center field. Sloppy baserunning by the Cars and excellent defense by the Handlebars kept the game tight into the late stages. K's closed the gap in the fifth frame on a double by Eric Gettler and hard hit liner by Emal Rustemi. Peter Granath put out the fire with a solid sixth to gain the save for Conte as Mineola Bicycle gained the early tie for first place in what is expected to be a very even division race.
K's Auto Repair vs. Mineola Florist
K's Auto Repair found the victory column behind solid hitting by Nicky Franzini and dominant pitching from Scott Mogavero and Danny McAree in a 4-1 win versus Mineola Florist.
K's stole the lead behind table-setters TJ Winters (single) and Mogavero (walk) in the bottom of the first inning. Franzini and Eric Gettler produced RBI strokes for a 3-1 lead the Car Guys would not relinquish. Franzini's two innings of near flawless pitching delivered the league's first ever unassisted double play by a pitcher. His game ball was clinched with a triple to the right field corner and scored on a single by Jack Clarke. Mogavero took the rotation and kicked in five strikeouts in two frames . Danny McAree, in his first outing, closed the door in the sixth with a pair of K calls to gain the save. Winters earned the win with his opening stanza.
Fine defensive work was displayed by third basewoman Amanda Hassett. Hassett nearly threw out a fleet runner with a fine grounder grab and toss before ending the game by snatching a tough pop fly to the infield. William Luca's sprint to the right field foul line and infield relay was critical in holding the Florists to a double in the fifth. Joseph Attard filled in ably at second base and Luke Ruzek, Michael Cerquiera and Ryan Timlin manned an errorless outfield. Farms call-up Bobby Kelly saw lengthy field time in his initial trip to the big leagues.
Barnwell House of Tires vs. Mineola Bicycle
In a battle between two undefeated teams in the minors division, 2-0 Barnwell House of Tires eked out a 2-0 win over previously 3-0 Mineola Bicycle. Pitching and defense were equally strong in this game in which both teams combined four hits and no walks. Barnwell's scored the only two runs of the game during the third inning when Mineola Bicycle pitching hit Brendan Goggins, Nick Martone and Brandon Lubrano. Matthew Saketos then drove home the only two runs of the game with a clutch single. That was all Barnwell's pitching staff of John Carlo Clancy, Anthony Fabrico, James Pastoressa and Joe Hill needed to propel Barnwell into sole possession of first place.
Mineola Auxiliary Police vs. Century 21 Laffey
Luke Escobar was 3 for 3 and showed a good glove at first. The infield of Robby Clarkin, Zachary Englis, Steve Mogavero and Kevin Hardiman all made good plays on ground balls and Luke was kept busy at first. Matt Stephens was behind the plate and has learned to come in front when there is a guy on third for a play at the plate.
Pat Murray, Tim Bracco, Joshue Lopes and Gina Valente each had solid hits.
Total Health Chiropractic vs. Mineola Auxiliary Police
Leading the way for Total Health was Frankie Friacano, who had tow hits.
Catching for Auxiliary was Mat Stephens, who also hit well.
Kevin Hardiman, Robby Clarkin and Joshue Lopes each made good contract up at bat. Zachary Englis, playing short, made a nice play, along with second baseman Stevie Mogavero. Gina Valente and Luke Escobar had two hits and scored two runs.