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SYAC Travel Softball Season Off To A Winning Start

Three SYAC Girls Softball travel teams played season openers on Sunday, April 15, under warm, sunny skies. SYAC travel teams all play under the Syosset Cyclones name.

The Syosset Cyclones U10 squad, fifth-graders coached by Bruce Cayne and Amy Cicio, rallied to a 24-4 win over Albertson-Herricks in an opener at Herricks Middle School. The U10 players hit a lot of balls and were aggressive on the bases. Solid pitching was provided by Isabel Schneider, Tina Mari Susca, and Maddy Siegel. Serving as bench coach for the game was SYAC intern Danielle Zurek, a Syosset High School varsity player.

The Syosset Cyclones U12 team, sixth-graders coached by Frank and Andrea DiCostanzo, opened at home, also against an Albertson-Herricks team. They played to a 20-3 victory, behind strong pitching by Logan Freedman, Alicia Cherian and Jenn Swing. The Cyclones’ bats were alive with many big hits, and the team performed a number of delayed steals. The Cyclones were assisted by bench coaches Alexa Beovich and Jamie Warfield, SYAC interns and varsity athletes at Syosset High School.

Also in action were the U12 seventh-graders, coached by Christine Casale. They played a doubleheader against the Long Island Hurricanes. The team lost the first game by a wide margin, but battled back in the second game, before bowing 4-3 to a very good squad.

A skills clinic will be held at Syosset-Woodbury Park on Saturday, April 21. Session 1 is for Pony, Junior and Senior division players and will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Session 2 is for Instructional division players and will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Please register for the clinic by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Include the player’s name, phone number and division. Players should bring their glove, helmet and bat to the clinic. In other SYAC news, the spring season of intramural softball will get underway on Monday, April 23.

The skills clinic will be conducted by U18 players from the Long Island Thunderbolts Softball Club, a tournament travel organization. Thunderbolts players will teach hitting skills with older players and basic skills with younger players. For more information and to register for the SYAC spring season, visit www.syacgs.org.