On Monday, June 18, the PYA Major League Baseball Championship Game was held at Lions Field. After fierce in-season competition, the two teams that emerged from the rigorous single-elimination playoff format did battle for town bragging rights on a beautiful late spring evening.
After six hard-fought innings, the Lewis Oilers, led by game-MVP Chris Castillo, emerged victorious over the Gulfprides. Winning coaches Joe Alagna and Jeff Smith attributed their victory to all-around team play as stars Paul Mills (who homered and pitched the final innings), Sam Smith, and Joey Alagna were ably supported by the entire Oilers roster.
Coaching the Gulfprides were Joe Duarte and Anthony Orso. Their tireless work with the 'Prides roster produced a strong team that came within close reach of the championship. Led by Bryce Keller, Michael Orso and Jordan Cohen, and with an injured Nick Duarte on the sidelines, the Prides battled valiantly only to surrender the lead for good later in the game.
After the championship and MVP awards were presented by PYA Baseball Commissioner Jimmy Cosolito, the players and coaches (and the many parents and fans) feasted on pizzas generously provided by Anthony Orso.
With school out and summer in full swing, now it's time to cheer on the PYA Travel Baseball Teams as the All-Star 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12-year olds tour Long Island to compete against elite teams from all over the Northeast. The 10, 11, and 12-year-olds will also compete in the Williamsport Tournament which leads up to the Little League World Series.
PYA invites you and your family to come down to Lions Field on a warm summer evening to watch some great games almost every night of the week, and cheer for our local players.