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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

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.

 

The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

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.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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