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MAA Sports News: May 8, 2012

MAA Baseball

Orioles Beat Cardinals

Led by solid pitching and timely hitting, the Orioles topped the Cardinals 11-7 in its MAA minor league game on April 21.  Sean Fracclvieri, Joey Franzini, Ryan Burke and Joey Franzini starred in the game for the Orioles, delivering RBI hits. The Cardinals were led in the field by two fantastic, unassisted double plays by Jimmy Tighe. Liam Russelman sparked the Cards offense, scoring three runs and driving in two.  Matthew Cobos and Jack Mackey each scored runs for the Cardinals’ off great base running.

Diamondbacks Slip By Orioles

The Diamondbacks (sponsored by Dominick’s Deli) defeated the Orioles (sponsored by JLJ Enterprises) in a closely fought 5-4 game in the MAA Majors division on April 21.  Robert Egan and Tyge Duffy led the D-Backs pitching efforts with Duffy throwing three scoreless innings in relief.  Mark Anderson and Joseph Kern both had multi-hit games with Jon DeSousa striking the big hit to drive in the tying and winning run.  In the field, Kevin Perlow, Nick Dos Santos and Joe Kern all played well recording key-outs.  The Orioles’ Tony Macchietto and Isaiah Alonzo-St. Surin led a strong pitching effort. Andrew Ariza, Isaiah Alonzo-St. Surin and Ryan Duffy all had RBIs for the O’s.  In the field, Matt Destefano, Quinn Revelant and Tony Macchietto all recorded a number of outs in a well-played defensive game.

MAA Softball

Bulldogs Top Thunderbolts

The Mineola Bulldogs and Mineola Thunderbolts both opened their season in a high-scoring game on April 20. Victoria Vangranbergen, Mickayla Mackey and Miranda Bradley contributed strong games on the mound and in the field for the Thunderbolts.  The Bulldogs were paced by Ava Murphy, Jenna Cox, Kathleeen Duggan and Victoria Venus whose hits advanced runners and scored runs. With Toni Ondris playing great behind the plate, the Bulldogs received strong pitching efforts from Meaghan McCaffrey and Mikaylah Dalton. The Bulldogs prevailed by a 15-5 score.

MAA Soccer

Mineola Red Tops White In Girls Soccer

Melissa Pereira’s two goals led the way as the Red team topped the White 3-0 in a well-played game by both teams on April 20.  Pereira also played solid in goal for her team in the second half, making crucial saves off close-in shots by Kaitlin Nikolic, Megan Russelman and Roisin Daly.  Keriann Zappalla also scored for the Red.  Jenna Anderson, Christina Hefele, Paulina Sanchez and Diana Carvalho each played exceptional games for their teams on defense.

News

$100K donation for Life’s WORC

In recognition of the superior care her daughter Marjorie Levine of Albertson, received, the late Elsie Levine, formerly of Great Neck, has bequeathed $100,000 to Life’s WORC. The recently deceased

Levine was an ardent advocate for those suffering from developmental disabilities. According to her daughter Cathy Levine, Elsie Levine turned her grief and pain into action and this gift demonstrates the gratitude and peace of mind Life’s WORC provided for her entire family.

 

“My mother had overwhelmingly positive feelings about the care my sister received through Life’s WORC,” added Cathy Levine. “Life’s WORC represented the dawn of giving those with special needs a life and an opportunity to reach their potential.”

A potential Long Island Rail Road strike due to a contract disagreement between its union and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority could leave many commuters stranded at the Mineola Train Station next week. 

 

“I think it’s unfair to a lot of people,” said Bryan Jean-Pierre of Westbury as he waited for his train in Mineola. 

 

Jean-Pierre, a restaurant manager in New York City, said the strike would be a strain for him. He plans to carpool if the strike occurs. 


Sports

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.

The Mineola 12U intramural team opened its summer season against the East Williston Wildcats at the Willis Avenue field complex in Mineola on Monday, July 7.

 

East Williston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead due to some Mineola miscues and timely hitting. Mineola starting pitcher Kenny Solosky was strong, allowing only two hits, four strikeouts and one walk.

Mineola began their push back when Zach Buongiovanni crushed a solo home run onto the railroad tracks, just missing a passing train.

 

Solosky, Jordan Sandler (game winning walk-off single), Phil LaPierre, Kieran O’Gara, Patrick Solosky, Zach Buongiovanni (2 RBIs) and Vin Othman all contributed an RBI in a balanced hitting attack.

Andrew Geagher made a nice defensive play in the shortstop hole at short throwing out the runner by a step. Matt Pardo also made a nice grab off the centerfield wall holding the East Williston player to a double.


Calendar

Leisure Club Opportunity - July 16

Green Meadows Farm - July 17

Movie Night In The Park - July 18


Columns

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