Port Washington's PAL Age 10 Traveling Team lost to Plainedge 7-6 in a heart wrencher. Plainedge players had their hitting shoes on early as they pounded out 6 runs on 6 hits in the second inning. But Port chipped away with 2 runs in the 1st inning on a lead off single by Dominick Massielo, an RBI single by Alex Caruso and a single by Jeff Frocarro who subsequently stole home. Dominick worked a walk with bases loaded in the 4th inning for another run. Then in the 5th inning, Alex Caruso (3 for 3) singled, James Garcia walked and Jeff Frocarro came through with a 2 RBI triple. Frank Miscioscia was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to allow the 6th and final run to score. James Garcia came on to pitch in the 5th inning and shut down the Plainedge players. He pitched to one over the minimum in 3 innings, striking out 7 and making a great assist on a hit back to the pitcher. During the game, left fielder Eric Ellegaard threw out a runner at home plate, third baseman Matt Podobinski made a diving infield catch for an out, and right fielder Eric Schroeder made a great run saving catch. Buddy Horak also played well. Late in the game, Port had its chances. With runners on, James Garcia twice hit deep smashes to left. But Plainedge's left fielder made sensational catches each time to preserve the lead.
But Port shrugged off this loss by beating Franklin Square 12-5 in impressive fashion to improve its record in the tournament to 2 and 3. In the 1st inning, after a lead off walk, Dom Massielo advanced to third on a one out single by Alex Caruso and was driven in by a sac fly by Jeff Frocarro. Matt Podobinski promptly singled to knock in Caruso for the second run. In the 2nd inning, Port proved the adage that patience (at the plate) is a virtue. Successive walks by Eric Schroeder, Frank Miscioscia, Tyler Fernandez and Dom Massielo (1 RBI) set the table for an RBI single by Will Rizzo and a 3 RBI triple by Jeff Frocarro. Jeff subsequently stole home for the 6th run of the inning. Port scored its final four runs in the 4th inning. After back to back singles by Rizzo and Caruso, Jeff Frocarro knocked in his 5th RBI on the day with an infield sacrifice. PAL then played some Joe Rizzo baseball (coach of the team). With runners on 1st and 3rd, Matt Podobinski stole 2nd inducing a wild throw out attempt by Franklin Square's catcher. Caruso scored from third on the play. Then Matt alertly stole home. Singles by Dom D'Ecole and Eric Ellegaard set up another wild play as Eric Schroeder knocked in a run with a single and became the center of attention as he intentionally gave himself up in a run down allowing Ellegaard enough time to score. In the 7th inning, lead off walks by Schroeder, his 4th in the game, and Steven Nash were for naught as Franklin Square put an end to Port's slugfest.
Pitchers Caruso and Frocarro were effective over the 7 inning game allowing 5 runs on just 6 hits. Third baseman Matt Podobinski threw out a runner at 2nd on a great fielding play and Massielo made a running catch in right field for an out.