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Opening Day at Syosset Baseball Association

Syosset Baseball Association ceremoniously opened its 56th year of intramural baseball on Wednesday, April 10 with one opening day game.

The game, planned at the end of last intramural season to have an official opening day, was carved out with the two championship teams from the Major League Division championship game from last year: TJM Consulting, managed by Tony Maracic vs. Island Orthodontics, managed by Lou Del Maestro.

April 10 couldn’t have been a better day for baseball. There was warm weather, no rain, the Major League baseball season for the New York Yankees and New York Mets well underway with everyone thinking baseball, fields in great condition after the Syosset Woodbury Park overhaul with new sod, opening day buntings around the field, and new uniforms.

The evening kicked off with a complimentary barbecue of hamburgers and hot dogs for all the guests who came to inaugurate the new season under the grill direction of resident griller and Director of Executive Travel, Artie Johansen. This was just a tune-up for the grills for the upcoming Memorial Weekend All-Star games and picnic on May 29.

All teams were introduced on their respective lines of the field one by one. The colors were then presented by Scout Master Don Skorka and the Boy Scouts of Pack 205. Pack 205 then led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. Syosset resident Holly Roselle was then introduced for the singing of the national anthem, which Holly has been gracious enough to do for the Memorial Day All-Star games for several years prior.

The weekend of March 6-8, Modell’s Sporting Goods had a regional promotion giving back to youth sports through their Community Weekend program, with a goal to contribute $500,000 to local youth sports. Syosset Baseball Association was proud to support Modell’s through their East Meadow store, located at 2000 Hempstead Turnpike, in East Meadow. Each store was designated to assign a maximum of three organizations where 10 percent of the proceeds from their three-day sales would go. Each organization was directed to advise their group to shop at this Modell’s location and state that they would like their sales to be recorded to their group. Regional Marketing Manager and Community Ambassador for Modell’s Sporting Goods, Mr. Bobby Jackson, was on hand to present Executive Director of Syosset Baseball Association’s Little League Divisions ages 5-17 a check in the amount of $996 representing Syosset Baseball Association’s sales contribution to this program for the weekend based on sales from the community. Syosset Baseball Association would like to extend its gratitude to Modell’s Sporting Goods for their donation, Mr. Jackson for joining the association to present them with this check, and the community for supporting the Modell’s Sporting Goods program and making this all possible with sales at the East Meadow location.

Bobby Jackson was then extended the invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to launch the 2010 season. Bobby, a former cornerback for the New York Jets, launched a perfect strike to the catcher’s glove (even though it wasn’t football), christening the year.

It was time to play baseball, and the kids (and grills) were underway. It was fitting that the exciting rematch from last year’s championship game would end in a 5-5 tie. The game was dominated by great pitching from both sides as TJM’s Aditya Dave and Glen Goodman battled Island Orthodontics Adam Heimowitz and Christopher Florio in a pitcher’s duel. As the game wound down towards the sixth inning on opening night, the umpire summoned both managers to home plate, sensing that the evening’s first game might end up as a tie with the time limit about to elapse. Both managers agreed that if indeed the ending score were tied at regulation time, it would be a fitting ending for the opening day game. To its conclusion, the score remained tied.

It was now time to feed to stars of the evening, the two teams that had played such a great game. Artie and Team held food and the hot grills for them so that they too could enjoy the great charcoal-broiled hamburgers and hot dogs after a well-played, exciting game.

It was then time to pack up and get ready for the balance of the opening day season, which the balance of the league played on Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18.

The Syosset Baseball Association wishes everyone a great, fun-filled 2010 intramural season. Everyone is invited to the upcoming Memorial Weekend All-Star games and picnic on May 29.

Information and events for Syosset Baseball Association can be found on www.syossetbaseball.org.