The Lifetime Hoan A's captured the 5th and 6th Grade Boys regular-season title in exciting fashion as they swept both games last weekend, finishing the regular season with an astonishing 13-1 record. The Brewers, who lost their first game of the season on Sunday, June 6, finished in second place at 11-1-1.
Sunday's pennant-clinching game was an extra inning effort, as both teams battled mightily to a 6-6 deadlock after the full six innings. Both starting pitchers played superbly - Josh Friedman for the A's, who struck out 10 batters and gave up only two earned runs, and Doug Wolf for the Yanks, who also struck out 10. The most amazing stat is that neither pitcher walked a batter in the entire game. David Skurnik recorded the save for the A's in the decisive seventh inning, and the celebration began.
The Yanks put up quite a fight all game and took the early lead, as the A's started out with some shoddy fielding. Stephen Spallino beat out a hit leading off the game and scored on two successive errors that allowed Wolf and Shawn Ganz to reach base. A base hit by Michael Goldfarb scored two more and, suddenly, the Yankees had a 3-0 lead.
The A's got a run back in the second on a towering home run by Friedman, whose bat came alive in the last few games of the season. The Yanks went ahead 4-1 in the bottom of the second as Justin Meltzer singled and scored as a result of another error by the A's.
The Athletics' fielding settled down as the game progressed and their bats really started to wake up. In the top of the third, sudden hitting stars Jason First and Harris Fine combined for two runs, as First lined a sharp single to right, followed by Fine's solid homer to left center, his first round-tripper of the season.
In the fourth, the A's tied the score at 4 as Sean Tolkin launched an awesome homer over the left-fielder's outstretched glove.
The score stayed tied until the sixth when, with two outs, the A's exploded with back-to-back home runs to take a 6-4 lead. First, David Skurnik broke out of a mini-batting slump with a shot to straightaway center field, and then Friedman ripped his second homer of the game to center as well.
The way Friedman was pitching, it appeared that the Yanks would go quietly in the bottom of the sixth. But the scrappy Yanks clawed out a couple of runs to tie the game. Ganz lined a double to left, scoring the tying run before being thrown out at third base to end the inning.
The A's continued their hot hitting in the seventh, as they batted around, scoring seven runs. Greg Rosenberg led the charge with a triple. In the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks loaded the bases before Skurnik struck out to finally seal the victory.
The Sheft Kahn Yankees clinched first place in the Jericho 4th grade Boys Baseball League by defeating the North Shore Day Camp Marlins 13-8 on Friday night, June 4.
The Marlins broke out on top for three runs off Yankee starter Josh Besserman in the top of the first on a single by Ethan Hoch and doubles by Max Rosenberg and Adam Hyams. The Yanks came back with four runs in the bottom of the frame off of Hoch on a leadoff double by John Goldsmith, a triple by Brian Harris and a three-run homer by Besserman.
The Marlins scored another run in the second on a walk to David Cohen and singles by Adam Duchene and Jared Bookman. The Yanks batted around in the bottom of the second and scored seven big runs to go ahead 11-4. The Yanks were powered by hits from Evan Kirchblum, Scott Weinberger, and Adam Kronengold, and by a two-run homer by Matt Loeb.
The Marlins fought back with two more runs in the third on a single by Rosenberg (3 for 4), a triple by Hyams (3 for 3, 3 RBIs), a free pass to Adam Toporovky, and a double by Jacob Feinstein. The Yanks matched the two runs on Weinberger's two-run homer in the bottom of the third.
Adam Feinstein came in to relieve Hoch in the fourth inning and shut down the Yanks, recording five strikeouts in his two innings of work. Brian Harris pitched the top of the sixth for the Yanks and saved the victory for Besserman. The Yanks got strong efforts from Brett Novick (2 BB, RBI), Harris Moore (bunt single), Chris Kraly (BB) and Harris Khan (BB).
The Sheft Kahn Yankees capped off their regular season with a 10-7 victory over the Gaines Berland A's on Sunday, June 6 to raise their record to an impressive 11-2. Scott Weinberger was brilliant in going the distance for the Yanks while recording 13 strikeouts. David Ackerman pitched terrifically for the A's and hurled a complete game as well.
The Yanks struck quickly by scoring three runs in the top of the first. John Goldsmith's lead-off double and Matt Loeb's two-run single were the big blows of the inning. Weinberger was overpowering in his first two innings, giving up harmless singles to Matt Coleman, Ackerman and Ryan Saunders while striking out six batters. The Yankees added two more runs in the top of the third on singles by Weinberger, Loeb, and Adam Kronegold. The A's broke through for three runs in the bottom of the third on a walk to Adam Rotter and singles by Eric Elberg, Ackerman, Saunders, and William Hahn.
The Yanks padded their lead by scoring three more times in the fourth. Brett Novick crushed a triple and scored on Daniel Schneider's single. After Harris Khan drew one of his three walks, Harris Moore successfully bunted the runners over to scoring position. Brian Kahn came through with a clutch two-out single to drive in both runners.
Weinberger struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth and the Yanks added two more runs in the top of the fifth. Weinberger, Evan Kirchblum, and Kronengold hit singles while Brian Harris and Loeb both doubled. Loeb has been on an unbelievable tear and has reached base in his last 14 straight at-bats, collecting 12 hits in that span.
The A's tried to make a game of it by scoring four times in the last of the fifth. Adam Reisman walked and Max Rosen singled. With one out, Greg Oxenberg singled in a run, Elberg doubled in two more and Richy Schweitzer hit an RBI groundout. Weinberger ended the threat by notching his 13th strikeout to power his team to the regular-season championship.