Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00
Congratulations to the Muckdogs for winning the 2011 Oyster Bay Baseball League AAA Division championship. In the regular season the Muckdogs had a record of 1 win and 7 losses, but they defeated the Raptors with a score of 13-1 in the “play-in” game to make it to the playoffs.
During the playoffs the Muckdogs’ bats came alive. In the Quarter Finals they defeated the first place Riverbandits 17-11 and in the semi-finals they defeated the second place Hotrods 11-10. In the Championship game on June 18, 2011, the Muckdogs defeated the Mudcats 12-9 in extra innings.
Muckdogs Sponsor Alex Gallego said, “We are all so proud of how well all the boys played and we are especially proud of how much they have learned from day one. A big thank you goes out to our coaches, Matt Sweeney and Michael Salvato, as well as to our assistants Joseph Donohue and Dave Yerkes, for their patience, perseverance and for volunteering their own time to teach our children how to play a great game of baseball.”
“We were really blessed with a great group of boys,” said Matt Sweeney.
Mr. Sweeney added, “A special thank you goes out to our team sponsors, Alex Gallego Financial Group of Stifel Nicolaus, as well as all the other sponsors. Without their generous support the Oyster Bay Baseball League would not exist.”
“The mighty Muckdogs made it to the championship game after they came together at the right time, led by their coach Matt Sweeney. This amazing group of young athletes was able to defeat every team in their way in order to get to the final game.” said Mr. Gallegos.
It was a bright sunny morning at St. Dominic’s field. The Muckdogs went through two scoreless innings, keeping the game at 0-0. With heavy hitting, the team came out of the third inning with a 5-0 lead. The opposing team put some pressure on the Muckdogs when they tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. The Dogs retaliated in the next inning by scoring three runs, and did not let the other team score at all that inning, and went on to win this amazing game They won against the Mudcats 12-9.
Coach Sweeney and his entire staff along with the support of the parents, were able to enjoy the victory. Equally excited was Alex Gallego, the team’s sponsor. Gallego financial group of Stifel Nicolaus, an investment firm, is located in Oyster Bay.