Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00
On Saturday, Aug. 13, the Mineola Summer Baseball 9/10U team player’s and their families joined for a season celebration barbeque and awards ceremony at Wilson Park in Mineola. The Knights of Columbus Council #2502, in a show of community togetherness and support, invited the Mineola team to join them at their annual family barbeque and it was an absolute home run.
Both organizations socialized, enjoying burgers, hot dogs, summer salads and ice cream, providing yet another example of the Mineola Spirit that makes this community such a special place to live and raise a family.
The highlight of the barbeque was the Hall of Fame awards given to the players. This season, every player received an award named after a Baseball Hall of Fame player.
The award was based on the attributes, qualities and character that best described the Mineola player as compared to a Hall of Fame player. The following Awards were given:
Kenny Solosky, Cy Young Most Consistent Pitcher award, Patrick Solosky, Rickey Henderson, Best Leadoff Hitter Award, Patrick Lanigan, Robin Yount Most Versatile Player Award, Will Gilberg, Bob Gibson Most Competitive Pitcher Award, Tim Franz, Frankie Frisch Fordham Flash Award, Tim Donnatin , Joe DiMaggio Mineola Clipper Award, Isaiah Roman, Willie Mays Say Hey Kid Award, Josh Giron, Orlando Cepeda Baby Bull Award, John Desousa, Ty Cobb Most Competitive Award, Nick Librandi, Babe Ruth Call your shot Award, Ryan Duffy, Johnny Bench Golden Gun Award, Eddie Pardo, Lou Brock Fastest Player Award, Ryan Burke, George Kell Most Improved Player Award, David Escorcia, Mickey Mantle Dynamic Player Award, Joe Mueller ,Roy Campanella Defensive Catcher Award, Kevin Roach ,Ozzie Smith Wizard of Oz Award, Andrew Geagher, Charlie Gehringer Quiet Man Award, Kieran O’Gara, Mike Schmidt Third Baseman Award, Derek Lekhwani, Rod Carew Most Determined Hitter Award, Joey Boshans, Red Schoeindienst Soft Hands Award, Robert Egan Rogers Hornsby, Best All Around Player Award, Kevin Perlow, Mickey Cochrane Competitive Spirit Award and Jordan Sandler, the Honus Wagner Five Tool Player Award.
The picnic was pure fun as the players had a pick-up baseball game and the adults tried their hand at what was loosely called a softball game. Throughout the afternoon, the children engaged in spontaneous water balloon fights and were treated to great prizes by the Knights of Columbus.
After the awards ceremony, most families enjoyed a refreshing trip to the Mineola pool. The Mineola 9/10U summer team would like to thank the Knights of Columbus for their kind invitation and for hosting such a wonderful event.