Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00
The Mineola Hurricanes were recently invited down to Mineola Village hall where the players were given an award from Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and the village trustees. The players and the coaches thanked Mayor Scott Strauss and Mineola trustees Lawrence A. Werther, Paul S. Cusato, Paul A. Pereira and George R. Durham for taking the time during the village meeting to recognize the boys. It is something they will remember forever.
The night did not end there for the Hurricanes. They immediately went to Uncle Louie G’s Ices Shop just down the road where they received ices and the NJBL Championship trophies.
On Sat Sept. 8, it was time for the Hurricanes to get back to work and start the NJBL fall season. The boys moved up in the fall to 75-foot base paths in the fall season.
The season opened with an away doubleheader in Nesconset against the Nesconset Panthers, who were the champions of the division they played in during the summer season themselves.
The first game had stellar pitching from Anthony Tramonte who pitched a complete game no-hitter in the 3-1 victory. Tramonte needed just 65 pitches to record the victory in which he walked one and struck out eight batters.
The defense of Chris Wiercinski, Kevin Perlow, Jake Fraher, Jordan Sandler, Nicholas LiBrandi, Eddie Pardo, Kevin Roach, Jason Eccher, Marc Giordano, Joseph Lubrano, Isaih Alonzo-St. Turin and Ryan Duffy helped keep the Panthers offense in check all game. The Hurricanes got the scoring started in the first inning, playing some small ball.
Giordano walked with one out in the first inning and stole second and went to third base on a wild pitch, after Wiercinski walked and stole second base. Eccher grounded out, driving in Giordano to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead, which they would never relinquish.
In the top of the third inning, Mineola would add another run when Sandler walked, stole second base and went to third on a ground out by LiBrandi and scored when Roach reached on an error, giving them a 2-0 lead. The Hurricanes added another run in the top of the fourth after Pardo walked, Giordano’s beautifully executed sacrifice bunt moving Eddie to second where he would proceed to steal third base and score on a ground out by Jason.
The second game once again had stellar pitching from the Hurricanes this time it was Wiercinski, who went the distance pitching a no-hitter of his own. Wiercinski needed 85 pitches to complete the game in which he walked three, struck out eight, and hit a batter.
The Hurricanes would jump out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Pardo was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a hit by Giordano. He would score two batters later on a hit by Eccher.
The Hurricanes would score five more runs in the bottom of the fourth with some quality at bats by Marc, Chris, Jason, Anthony, Jake, Joseph, Jordan and Kevin R. They would add three more runs in the top of bottom of the fifth to take a commanding 10-0 lead.
The Panthers, who struggled all day with getting a hit against Hurricane pitching tried to make things happen on the bases when they had a chance. After reaching on a walk in the fourth inning and the score 2-0, they would attempt to steal second base where Eccher threw a bullet form behind home plate to Lubrano who applied to tag, ending the threat.
The Panthers would once again try stealing second in the sixth inning; this time Tramonte threw a bullet form behind the dish to Perlow who applied the tag to end the game.
In the second doubleheader of the year, the Hurricanes faced off against the Jericho Cyclones.
In the first game, they received another stellar start from Tramonte who went five innings. Alonzo St-Turin came in and closed out the sixth inning for the save.
The Hurricanes would jump out to a quick one run lead on Wiercinski home run over the left field fence. The hitting stars of the game were Wiercinski, Eccher, Lubrano and Tramonte. The defensive stars of the game were Pardo, Perlow, Roach, Sandler, Fraher and Alonzo-St. Turin. The Hurricanes won 6-3.
In the second game the Hurricanes received a great pitching effort from Wiercinski and Sandler in winning the game 12-0 in four innings. Every Hurricane would reach base via a hit or a walk in this display of power and patience at the plate.
The Hurricanes pounded out 12 hits and eight walks in the victory.
Mineola is 4-0 and in first place for the fall season.
Coaches for the 11U Hurricane team are Jon Perlow, Kenny Eccher, Billy Duffy, Tom Fraher, Frank Giordano and Anthony Tramonte.
The Mineola Hurricane 11U family thanked their supporters and sponsors including Jericho Terrace, Dick’s Sporting Goods, JLJ Enterprises, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza and Tin Alley Grill.