Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12u baseball team opened its summer season against with a dramatic 4-3, walk off victory in the final inning against Manhasset recently.
Mineola had superb pitching from Jack Dwyer and Sean Hembach. Dwyer struck out six and allowed two unearned runs while Hembach struck out five and allowed one earned run.
Hembach was credited with the victory.
“Both Jack and Sean pitched their hearts out” commented manager Ken Solosky. “Both pitchers had outstanding control as they only allowed three walks the entire game”.
The Mineola defense also shined. Kenny Solosky was solid as a catcher throwing out the only Manhasset attempted steal and holding their runners close. Joe Franzini made a couple of sharp grabs playing second. Andrew Geagher , Kieran O’Gara, Ryan Burke and Christian Duarte also contributed on defense.
The Mineola hitting attack was led by Solosky, 1-2, run scored, Sean Hembach 1-2, double, RBI, Bryan Camacho. 1-3, double, 2 RBI. Entering the last inning down 3-2, Mineola began their dramatic comeback.
After drawing a walk, Hembach was driven in by a Camacho double to right. Camacho stole third and Dwyer drew a walk, quickly stealing second. With Mineola runners on second and third, two outs and Mineola down to their last strike, Patrick Solosky worked the count to 2-2 and smashed a walk off single to right plating the winning Mineola run for the come from behind victory!
Alan Nanu. Alan Nanu played his first organized baseball game and did an outstanding job playing the outfield and several infield positions.
“I was glad to see the boys start the season with a victory,” Solosky said. “They work very hard in hot practices so it is nice to see their hard work pay off”.
The Mineola Summer baseball team is a developmental team that stresses fun and learning. Players are assigned to different positions and challenged to try pitching and catching.
The team has weekly clinics with guest instructors that develop their pitching, hitting and fielding skills. The clinics have featured a unique, “catcher’s station” at which an older travel team catcher works with the boys on this unique position. They also feature “guest instructors” that focus on a particular aspect of the game.