The Port Washington Dragons 12 and under baseball team completed its regular spring season in the Queens Junior Baseball Association with an impressive 10-3 record. Since the team weeks ago achieved its goal of qualifying for the playoffs, the coaches were given the unusual late-season opportunity to rotate players in various positions for valuable game experience that will benefit the team in the week-long Cooperstown Baseballworld tournament the Dragons will be competing in next month.
On Saturday, June 1, the Dragons locked horns with St. Francis at Kissena Park in an outstanding pitcher's duel resulting in a 1-0 St. Francis victory. Dragon hurlers Alex Caruso and Colin Kerr pitched brilliantly. The defense play for the Dragons occurred in the bottom of the first, when, with a St. Francis runner on second, centerfielder Peter Rizzo hit his cut-off man, Alex Caruso, who threw a strike to catcher Colin Kerr who placed the tag on the startled runner tying to score. However, St. Francis stayed with their best pitcher for seven innings (who threw over 150 pitches) and evened their season record with the Dragons at 1-1.
On Sunday, June 2, the Dragons bounced back against Mitchell-Linden in a 19-6 rout at Kissena Park. It was the fourth time this season that the Dragons won a game when the 12 run "mercy rule" was invoked. Adam Bethon, James Garcia and Alex Donatelli pitched strongly for Port. Adam Bethon had four hits, three RBIs and three stolen bases. Alex Caruso and Matt Podobinski each had three hits. James Garcia was 2 for 2 with three RBIs. Dominic Masiello knocked in two RBIs with two singles. Nick Pellerito singled in his first at-bat for Port this spring, walked three times and scored three runs. The Dragons improved their season record against Mitchell-Linden to 2-0.
On Tuesday, June 4, the Dragons played a tough Brooklyn East team at Golden Park in a weeknight game at College Point. Just like the prior game between the two it was a sea-saw battle until the top of the fourth when the Dragons scored four runs. Nick Innella hit a two RBI single, scoring James Garcia and Alex Donatelli. Matt Podobinski doubled with the bases loaded knocking in Tyler Fernandez and Nick Innella. The defensive play of the game occurred in the bottom of the third when, with a runner at first, centerfielder Alex Donatelli caught a long fly ball and threw a bullet to firstbaseman James Garcia for a double play. Shortstop Will Rizzo walked twice and scored a run in the top of the third. Eric Ellegaard and Colin Kerr pitched strongly for the Dragons who won 7-3. Port finished 2-0 against playoff-bound Brooklyn East.
On Saturday, June 8, the Dragons played their final regular-season game against Boy's Club, an all-star team selected from communities around Flushing, Queens. It was the first time the two teams met this year. Boy's Club needed to win the game to qualify for the playoffs and so they pitched their star lefthander for seven innings. Nonetheless, the game was decided by defensive lapses when Port committed three errors in the second inning and allowed four unearned runs. Port pitchers Adam Bethon and Colin Kerr pitched well enough to win, combining to strike out 12 and yielding only 2 earned runs. Colin Kerr and Eric Ellegaard each had two hits. Port had RBI by Eric Ellegaard (2), and William Frappaolo. The final score was Boy's Club, 7 Port 3.