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The 12-year-old North Syosset Indians travel baseball club opened their spring season last Sunday against Levittown Central Fire. The Indians are embarking on a 14 game spring schedule that will ultimately lead them to a July 11-17th Cooperstown All Star Village Tournament. Come July, they will be facing off against some of the top 12-year-olds from across the United States.

During the opening game of their twin bill last weekend, Max Massella combined with Jordan Wergiles and Peter Karakostas to pitch the Indians to an 8-5 victory against Levittown. Massella earned the game #1 win pitching brilliantly for four and a half innings.

Levittown evened the score in the nightcap by defeating the Indians 13-7. Derek Spillane and Michael Hatzopoulos both pitched much better than the score indicated as some errors and very timely hits provided the margin of victory for Levittown.

The Indians combined for 15 hits over the course of both games resulting in their 15 runs scored. The North Syosset club also swiped 14 bases. Among the hitting stars for the Indians were: Kevin Violino, who went 4 for 5 over the double header with a double and two RBIs, Jordan Wergiles and Derek Spillane who combined for 4 Indians hits with Wergiles driving in a team high 5 runs during the twin bill. Other notable Indians joining the offensive performance were shortstop Chris Louie, who went 3 for 5, scoring 4 runs and Peter Joyce, who drove in 2 runs during the 2 games. Nick Hatzipetrakos tallied one RBI and also handled the hot corner for the Indians during both contests.

On defense, the Indians, despite some second game miscues in the field that proved costly in game #2, overall played solidly. Both Indians catchers, Derek Spillane and Michael Crescimanni, provided excellent backstopping with Spillane throwing out two runners attempting to steal. Chris Louie played a solid shortstop throughout the afternoon, and the Indians outfield trio of Brian Rochford, Ryan Harrison, and Peter Karakostas patrolled their spots effectively making timely catches of some long Levittown fly balls.

Next up for the Indians is the East Williston Big Red travel squad as the North Syosset club continues on the road to Cooperstown this July. Helping make the trip possible are many generous Syosset residents, merchants, and businesses.

Local business sponsors for the North Syosset Indians trip to Cooperstown include: Speranza Restaurant, Roselle Lighting, Murphy & Lynch, Conti Auto Body, Independence Carting, Tricia Shannon of Prudential Realty, The Center for Wealth Preservation, Ferrari's Auto Repair, Goldberg Chiropractic, Franina's Restaurant, Darshman, Singh, Bagga, LLC, Emil Realty, John Allen, and B&B Repairs.

The Indians sincerely thank each of these sponsors for helping fund the Cooperstown Tournament trip this July 11 -17th.


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