The Glen Cove Giants finished second in the 18U Hooters National baseball tournament last weekend in Reading, PA. The Giants finished with three wins and one loss in the regular seeding round and gave up only five runs during the tournament, which were the fewest runs allowed by any of the 13 teams. The Giants were headed to the semi-final round, and hopefully the championship round on Sunday, Aug. 15 when rain cut short the tournament. The Giants strong pitching and tight defense were responsible for seeding second. Strong pitching by Bobby MacDonald, Brandon Lubrano, Pete Cappiello, Spencer Bilello and Richie Maccarone contributed to the strong showing. Details and highlights of the tournament played in the Norman Rockwell-like Reading area will appear in next week’s edition.
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and Parks and Recreation Director Darcy Belyea encourage swimmers of all ages and levels of expertise to participate in Swim across America’s “Sound to the Cove Swim” on Saturday, August 14, 2010 (rain date Sunday, Aug. 15). Join hundreds of motivated Long Islanders in your choice of a 1-mile, 5K, or extreme 10K swim across the Long Island Sound. Whether you are a recreational, competitive or master swimmer, you can help raise awareness in the battle against cancer.
On Tuesday, Aug. 3, the Giants played their 43rd game of the summer and faced the Long Island Dragons, an independent team based out of Franklin Square, in the third and decisive semi-finals playoff game in the Connie Mack League at the Glen Cove High School field. The winner of this game would advance to the finals. The Giants having reached this level during the past three years were confident that they could move on.
The Giants began the Connie Mack playoffs on Friday, July 30 at beautiful Roy Campanella field against the Levittown Dragons. The rain that had deluged the field on the previous Sunday, and which caused a Giant doubleheader rainout, nourished the grass field with majestic results five days later.
The Glen Cove Cougars 12U baseball team traveled to Cooperstown, NY to compete in the July National Cooperstown Tournament of Champions. There were 24 teams from across the U.S. (CA, CO, IL, IN, MA, NJ, OH, TX, WI). The tournament is competitive with 6 pool play games in three days with single elimination playoffs.
The Giants traveled by bus (thank you Kenny Caldwell from Designer Limousines) to Myrtle Beach, SC on July 15 to play in the Triple Crown 19U Nationals. The tournament had over 100 teams ranging from 8 to 19 years of age.
On June 25, Amanda Sobhy played her first round of the Women’s Junior World Squash Championship at the ACR Sportscenter in Cologne, Germany. Sobhy, a Sea Cliff resident and senior at North Shore High School, was seeded third in the 32 draw event which attracted the best Under 19 players from around the world.
The Glen Cove Knights are on a roll headed into the playoffs winning 10 out of their last 11 Connie Mac games. In a Saturday night double-header the Knights took on the USA Tribe Blue. The Knights jumped out to an early 2 run lead with some key hits by Kevin Martinez and Will Kassar. The Tribe fought back and made it a 2-1 game in the 5th. Kevin Martinez started on the mound for the Knights and had a great game going through 5 innings allowing only 3 hits and striking out 6. In the 5th inning Cody West singled and then stole second and scored on a hit by Dennis Oregan. Martinez struggled in the 6th and gave up another run on walks making it a 3-2 game. Johnny Fiorino came in to relieve Martinez with 2 outs bases loaded and struck out the last batter. The Knights defense was able to hold onto the lead and win the game. The second game started out tough for the Knights giving up 6 runs in the 1st inning but back-to-back hits by Dylan Tenke and Chris Theodoro brought in 1. Nick West Came in and threw for 2 innings shutting down the Tribes offense and hits by Nick West, Kassar, Cody West and Chris Mazzeo made it a 2 Run Game in the 4th. Dennis Oregan relieved West on the mound and gave up 1 run in the 5th putting the Knights behind by 3. In the 6th inning the Knights bats came alive and a line drive into the gap by James Catanzano tied the game up. The Knights continued to play aggressive and Kassar scored from third and West scored from 2nd on aggressive base running. The Knights held on to win 13-10. They face HBQBV on Tuesday night.
The Glen Cove Giants had six baseball games scheduled for the week with four Connie Mack (LICM) games and one Long Island Baseball (LIBA) game. No one seemed to mind that the games would interfere with anyone wanting to watch the World Cup. After all, baseball is America’s national pastime, the stands were packed with Giant fans and the Giants were ready to play ball.
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