The PYA 10-year-old baseball team won two games over the weekend to lift their record to 3-1.
Mike Duranti, Tom Zebroski and Kevin Alas combined to shut out Oceanside. The trio only gave up two hits and struck out nine Oceanside batters. Offensively, Zebroski went 2 for 3 including a base clearing triple while James Lopilato smoked a double to left center. Port went on to defeat Oceanside 12-0.
On Sunday the team traveled to Uniondale and defeated a good team 12-3. Brandon Scheinder came up big as he crushed a two out double in the second inning to put Port ahead 4-1.
Matt Lazar and Brett Friedman combined to pitch a great game as the Uniondale hitters were kept off balance. Together they gave up only one hit and struck out eight hitters. Defensively, Kevin Alas recorded six assists including a diving snare just behind second base that killed a would-be Uniondale rally. Also, Scheinder ran down a long fly ball hit towards center field that took the air out of Uniondale.
During the fifth inning, Port was able to push across 6 runs and put the game out of reach. Also contributing to the victory were John Slaney's two hits, Lazar's two singles, Danny Goldin's catching (he easily threw out a runner attempting to steal second base and almost picked off three runners wandering off first base), and Mike Duranti's rope to left field.
The team expects to play a fourteen game season in the fall so it can stay sharp and continue to develop their skills. These young ball players have worked very hard during the past five months and just cannot get enough baseball - Port baseball is alive and well. Special thanks to all of the team's parents and fans for making it such a wonderful season.