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Front, l - r: Mike Furino, Will Hanlon, Ryan Glasco, Greg Bencic, Bobby Ryan, Kevin Davies. Second row: Tommy Marino, Max Most, Matt Levering, Nick Marhor, Brian Alas, Adam Carron, Chris Pieper, Chris Cosolito. Back row: Coaches Jim Levering, Jim Cosolito, John Davis and Gary Pieper.

The "mercy" or "run-rule" in little league competition means that the game is stopped after four innings if one team is 10 or more runs ahead. The Port Washington PYA little league team won the Northwest Nassau County district title by winning four of five games ¬ each by the "run-rule."

In the initial game against Merillon, Port won by 18-0. Brian Alas hurled the shut-out. Hitting stars were Chris Cosolito and Matt Levering each having two hits and a triple. Tommy Marino also had two hits. The second game against East Williston ended with an 11-1 score with Greg Bencic getting the pitching win. William Hanlon and Chris Peiper both went 3 for 3. Winning the first two games set up a two out of three competition for the championship against Albertson.

In the first game, Brian Alas pitched another shut-out as Port hammered the Albertson pitching for 10 runs in four innings ¬ the final score being 10-0. All but one player on Port got hits during this game including RBI singles by Ryan Glasco, Kevin Davies and Nick Marmor. Max Most and Michael Furino also came through with key hits. In the second game, Albertson threw their best pitcher who was able to hold down the Port attack and Albertson won by 7-4. Adam Carron got two RBI hits and Bobby Ryan collected an RBI single in the losing cause.

In the final, Port unleashed a tremendous attack winning by a score of 15-2. Brian Alas came through for a third consecutive time in the tournament with the winning pitching performance. After a tight first inning, Matthew Levering broke open the game in the second with a three run triple. William Hanlon got three hits and Chris Cosolito and Tommy Marino each got two as the Port team pounded out 15 hits before the run-rule ended the game.




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