Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00
Four SYAC Travel Softball teams from Syosset began wrapping up their fall seasons this past weekend, Oct. 22 and 23.
The Syosset Cyclones senior U10 team fell one game short of reaching the championship game this past weekend after completing a successful regular season in the very competitive East Meadow Fall Classic league.
In a 13-team league, the Cyclones gained the fourth seed (out of the eight-qualifying teams) in the playoffs and were matched up against a strong Massapequa team in the quarterfinals on Sunday morning, Oct. 23. Once again, their terrific defense led the way as the Cyclones won convincingly 9-3. Strong pitching performances from Jenn Swing and Logan Freedman were backed up by the Cyclones’ terrific infield. The infield, which has been near flawless this season, was anchored by Jeter-like play from shortstop Jesse Keingarsky, who threw to her sure-handed partner at first, Caroline DiCostanzo. Nicole Avidon also continued to be stellar behind the plate, chalking up yet another caught-stealing at second. Valerie Catalano and Gianna Bamonte each hit blistering triples in the second inning to lead the offense in game 1.
Advancing to the semi-final game, the Cyclones now had to face the number 2 seed, North Bellmore/North Merrick. The two teams battled in a classic defensive struggle with several Cyclone hitters hitting line drives, only to be caught by a solid NBNM defense. Rachel Posen and Jenn Swing led the way offensively for the Cyclones. The game remained close through the first five innings before the NBNM offense finally broke through and pulled away. The Cyclones rallied in their last at bat in the sixth to pull closer but fell short by a final score of 8-3.
It was a terrific way to end a terrific season for this up-and-coming team from Syosset who, understandably, is already looking forward to what should be an exciting spring.
Three other Syosset teams were in action this past Sunday. The Syosset Cyclones U12 team split a pair with the Long Island Greyhounds at H.B. Thompson Middle School in Syosset. Syosset fell behind in the first game, despite strong pitching from Danielle Jacoby and Liz Sorge. The Cyclones rallied in the second game and came up big with a 13-3 win to hold onto second place in the NJBL Softball League National Division.
The Syosset Cyclones U10 junior team, playing in the Manhasset PAL North Shore Classic League, dropped a pair of games to the Port Washington PAL team. The Syosset Hurricanes, a U14 team, were in action at Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn. They play in the Long Island Waves League.
For more information about SYAC Travel and SYAC Intramural softball (played in spring, January registration, grade K-9): visit www.syacgs.org.