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Big Bat Bonanza

Hard-hitting Trojans headed for a

divisional collision with rival Warriors

The Garden City baseball team has been on top of their game all season but their dominance over Conference rival Jericho put the league on notice – these boys can play. Manager Rich Smith has the team playing solid defense to support a strong pitching staff while the bats have been consistent all season. For the season GC has averaged a little more than 8 runs a game while the pitching staff has given up less than 3 runs per seven innings.

A strong indication of how the Trojans have performed was the three game sweep of Jericho. GC outscored the Jayhawks 37-12 in the three game series as Cory Fallon delivered the winning performance in the series finale, while David Butler and Kyle Ritchie won the first two games. The Garden City pitching staff has been excellent this season with lefty Brian LoRusso and Alex Ostermann supporting the starting three with timely contributions.

The Garden City bats were on fire for the Jericho series with Fallon, John Cauchi, Kyle Ritchie, Matteo Lattanzio, Andrew Lobasso and TJ Pallon delivering key hits against the Jericho staff. Throughout the season the Trojans have mixed in the right amount of power, timely hitting and a little small ball to help produce their 13-2 record.

Several dads said in their usual spot behind home plate that it seems that the boys can handle any of the hard throwers that a team like Jericho throws at them, but they appear to have trouble hitting a pitcher with a quirky windup, throws more off speed ‘stuff’ or who is a little erratic in the strike zone.

Garden City did hit a bump in the series opener against New Hyde Park as they lost a heartbreaker 4-3 to end their 12-game winning streak. The Trojans managed to load the bases in the top of the seventh but could not push across the tying run. But the boys did come back with an 11-2 bounce back home victory in the second game of the series behind the strong pitching of David Butler.

As the boys of summer come down the homestretch of the schedule towards the playoffs it looks like they will have to be prepared to face strong competition against conference rival and division leader Wantagh. The Warriors sit atop Conference A-1 and have won 14 straight games this season to remain undefeated in league play.

News

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.

JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.


Sports

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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