The U10 and U11 squads of the Farmingdale Devils Travel Baseball Organization participated in last weekends Taylor Ryan Wood Bat Baseball Tournament in Islip. The tournament, named after a local teenager who is battling a life threatening illness attracted the best teams from Long Island . All funds collected went to help Taylors family off set the cost of her medical treatment. The tournament featured a return to 20th century baseball with wood bats. The sound of baseballs pinging off high tech metal was replaced with the comforting sound of ash and maple bats cracking when struck at just the right place.
The weather and the lights finally cooperated as the Over the Hill Gang returned with a full slate of games Friday night at Allen Park.
The previous week Changing Times Pub was leading Paradox Café 10-3 when the rain came pouring down and forced a restart of the game. Paradox’s Vinny Vega took advantage right from the start as he launched a grand slam to deep center field in the first inning. Al Celeste added an RBI single for a 5-0 lead. In the second inning, Gary Innis (3 Runs Scored), Brian Mulcahy (3 Runs Scored) and John “I’m on Base Again” Compitello (six runs scored) led the charge. Mitch Maghakian hit his second triple of the night to knock in 2 while Lyle Nigro cleaned up the bases with an RBI single. Some good fielding by
Lenny Balestrieri led to an unassisted double play at short in the 3rd inning to shut down a potential CT rally. A gem of a sliding catch was made in right center field in the sixth by Paradox’s Don Carlin that helped turn the game as CT had already posted 6 runs trying to get back into the fray. Maghakian and Steve Finelli also teamed up to retire CT’s powerful clean up hitter as the play went 4-1 with Finelli hustling over to cover first on a bang-bang play. The last 3 innings belonged to Paradox as Carlin knocked in 4 RBIs with 3 singles. Steve Finelli popped one over the fence for 3 more runs and Vega added his second home run of the night in center. Finally Gary Innes and Wally Sefert set the table as Balestrieri launched a bomb to left field to end the game. Paradox won the game 30-12.
The opening session of the 10 week “Run Start” Program co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club attracted nearly 200 novice and would be runners to the track at Bethpage High School on Wednesday, June 25.
The Run Start Program is designed for folks who want to get started with a running program to help them achieve a healthier and happier lifestyle, but need either the motivation or the guidance or both to get started. New runners are being schooled in nutrition, hydration, proper form, footwear, apparel, and injury prevention, and are eased into a gradual training regimen that will prepare them to run the
Farmingdale Main Street Mile on August 30 comfortably and well.
Long-time player and Board Member Bruce Kubart was inducted this Spring in the Over the Hill Gang Hall of Fame. For more than a quarter century, Bruce was instrumental in the growth and success of the league.
— Submitted by Jerry Mazza
To celebrate our nation’s pasttime, the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc. hosted its annual Baseball Day event on June 14, with a day full of skills competitions and all-star games for boys and girls ages 9-15. There was also a 28-foot slide, concessions, and two raffles.
Concessions were provided by Licata’s famous sausage and peppers and Ralph’s Italian Ices.
— Observer Staff
On May 23, the T-Storms were on the North Shore, yet there were a hurricane of runs as Changing Times Pub improved to 4-1 beating a very tough and gritty La Corte Family Auto 26-9. The first few innings started as a pitcher’s duel with very few runs scored. But the 6th inning is when Hurricane CT began to take shape by scoring 8 runs led by Dave Thorburn (6-6) 2 RBI’s and Jimmy Cullen (4-5) with 5 runs scored. But that’s wasn’t all as the eye of the storm came through with another 4 runs in the 7th and another 8 runs in the 8th. Thanks to Joe Stephan (4-4) and our SS Larry Ortolani making diving stops and going (4-6) 3 RBI’s. But the game ball goes to Dave Chametzky for coming out of the bullpen and going (3-5) 1 RBI and holding a very offensive team like La Corte to only 9 runs.
After securing a big win over the Syosett Braves, the Lady Dalers of Farmingdale High School went into the Long Island Class A Championship with the hopes of clinging on to the title. The Lady Dalers would take a quick lead by scoring back-to-back goals, the first off the stick of Emily Marlow at 21:59 and then less than a minute later a goal by Zoe Zebersky, to put them up 2-0. At 17:11, West Islip would return fire, scoring their first goal of the night. The Lady Dalers would go up 3-1 after another goal by Bridget Weill. The Dalers would get two more off of Chrissy Kelly and Jillian Alonso in the first half to give the Lady Dalers a 5-3 lead. But the Lions would score right back to tie it 5-5 going into halftime.
After a hard-fought battle for the Nassau County Lacrosse Class A Championship, on May 28, the Lady Dalers of Farmingdale would defeat the Syosset Braves 12-7, capturing the team’s ninth straight championship title.
If you’ve been thinking about starting to run as a means to a healthier lifestyle, Nassau County has made it just a little bit easier for you to get started.
On June 25, Nassau County’s “Run Start” program, which is designed especially for those who have been meaning to try running but haven’t been sure how to get started, will kick things off with their first event at the Bethpage High School track. The program is being conducted by the Greater Long Island Running Club under the auspices of Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation & Museums.
The Lady Dalers Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team are headed to the Nassau County Class A finals, after defeating the Oceanside Sailors 10-7 at Adelphi University. The Lady Dalers will go on to compete against the Syosset Braves in the County finals. (Photo By Phil LoNigro)
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