In a game shortened by lightening, Port Washington's PAL traveling team lost to Levittown West 4-1 in four innings in the Age 10 Baseball Tournament played in Glen Cove.
Both teams played great defense. In the first inning, Levittown had runners on first and second. On an attempted double steal, PAL catcher Alex Caruso threw out the advancing runner at third. Eric Ellegaard made the quick tag. This forestalled a big inning for Levittown as the next batter hit a triple to knock in the only run in the inning. Matt Podobinski, playing second base, caught a hot shot line drive for the second out. James Garcia, who pitched all four innings, retired the last batter on a strikeout.
PAL responded in the second inning. Jeff Frocarro hit a one-out triple. Dominic D'Ecole knocked him in with a sacrifice. Eric Ellegaard then followed with a triple, but did not score. Levittown West threatened in the bottom of the second, but a leaping catch by first baseman Frocarro for one out and a self put out at second by shortstop Dominic Massielo off a shot in the hole ended the inning.
The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning when three successive bases loaded walks by Levittown broke the stalemate. The normally seven-inning game ended prematurely because of a local storm.
But the second game in this tournament for PAL was an entirely different matter. Port Washington's PAL team trounced the Glen Cove Green team by a score of 33 to 3. The game featured a 19-run third inning in which 25 batters came up to the plate. Eric Ellegaard and James Garcia each knocked in four runs. Alex Caruso had four hits, while Greg Lumpkin and Dom Massielo had three hits apiece. Joey Ramos, Jeff Frocarro and Will Rizzo also had multiple hit games. The Glen Cove Green Team scored on a three-run home run off winning pitcher Alex Caruso. Ellegaard pitched the final two innings over which he faced only eight batters, striking out four.