Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
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.
Sandler pitched strong relief allowing no runs, and had 5 strikeouts. Winning pitcher Buongiovanni finished the game allowing no hits and had two strikeouts.
After surrendering a few runs to East Williston in the top of the 6th inning knotting it at 6-6, Christian Duarte started the attack with a single to center. Solosky hit a sharp single down the right field line advancing Duarte to third.
After a stolen base by Solosky and runners on second and third, Sandler smashed a sharp single down the third base line scoring Duarte for the walk-off win.
The Mineola 12U Intramural 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 players periodically go to the “batting cage” to develop their hitting skills.
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.
— From The Mineola Athletic Association