The game had ended, the opposing team had left, but the Legends lingered on the field.
After the finale of their 8-4-1 season Friday, Aug. 11, the Port Washington baseball travel team for 8-year-olds traded hugs and high-fives, mugged for the cameras atop the dugout and doffed their caps in a choreographed salute to parents.
The team, led by manager Neil Jester, showed team spirit and a streak of moxie in playing to a 4-4 tie at Garden City's home field. Every player on the team had at least one hit during the season as the Legends finished with an "off the charts" .422 team batting average, Jester said.
Assisting Jester were coaches Andy Mulchinski, Jack Kramer, Rich Pezzella, Nick Kaminsky and Anthony Sica, who drilled the 19-player squad in the rudiments of hitting the cutoff man, getting the lead runner and sliding into base.
Capping the season was a team barbecue on Sunday, Aug. 13, where players competed in throwing and running contests and a home run derby, followed by a softball game for parents.
Jester said he was startled by the players' knowledge of the game.
"Once the game started, a light clicked on," he said. "They instinctively knew what to do. They made amazing plays."
Legend team members are: Andrew Adelhardt, Hayden Braider, Ryan (Delmo) Delmonte, Josh Goldblatt, Alex (A-Gro) Grossman, Robert (The Rocket) Jester, Jared Kaminsky, Peter Kirgis, Matt Kramer, Ben Landau, Julian Maissel, Alex (A-Train) Mulchinski, Tyreke Nottingham, Andrew (Wheels) Pezzella, Adam Rahmanan, Ari Schachter, Dylan Sica, Jordan Silverstein and Matt Spier.
The manager said turnout for games was "tremendous" and players will carry away lessons in selflessness.
"They had to learn teamwork," Jester said. "They had to learn they couldn't win a game on their own and that they had to do it with their team."