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.
At the recent Glen Cove High School Booster Club Spring Sports Award Night, the Glen Cove Hall of Fame presented four $1,000 scholarships in memory of John J. Maccarone, the city’s late Recreation Supervisor and founder of the Glen Cove Hall of Fame.
A $2,000 Glen Cove Hall of Fame scholarship was presented to Thomas Manzione in memory of Dr. Sidney Canarick, a founding member of the Glen Cove Hall of Fame.
With the July 4th holiday approaching, the Glen Cove Giants had only three games scheduled for the week, not their normal six to seven games. On Tuesday, June 29, the Giants faced the LI Dragons in a LICM league game. The Giants came into the game with a 10-0 record and the Dragons were right behind the Giants with a 9-2 record.
The Giants sent Haydon Taylor to the bump. Taylor, who will begin his senior year at Locust Valley High School, was eager to get the ball. Coming off his junior year as an All-County pitcher, Taylor immediately went to work to get the leadoff hitter to ground out to another All-County player, Richie Maccarone. Taylor went on to retire the side.
However, the LI Dragons sent their ace to the hill to counter the strong Giant offense, which he did. The Giants collected only two hits, one from John “Scuds” Scuderi, an All-County player in his own right at North Shore High School, and an infield single from Brandon Losee. Taylor pitched well, collecting five strikeouts and allowing only two earned runs. Stefan Schwartz pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning. The final score was LI Dragons 3 and the Giants 0. This was the Giants’ first loss in the Connie Mack League.
The Giants bounced back the following day to take an 11-1 win over Locust Valley. Brandon Lubrano pitched a complete game for the Giants, striking out five and allowing only two hits. The Giants had an explosive offense, with Richie Maccarone going 3-4, Danny Grabowski 2-3 with two RBIs, Stefan Schwartz 2-2 with an RBI. Frankie Gaudio also collected an RBI. Eamonn Boyd and Sam Harrington also collected hits. In the third inning, Bobby MacDonald blasted a double off the deep fence which almost cleared the home run fence. Frankie Gaudio immediately went to his car to give Bobby his pull-up bar, and Tom Montefusco was heard to be yelling something about warning track power.
The Giants played their final game of the week the next day against the New Hyde Park Cyclones. The Giants sent Stefan Schwartz to the hill to face a very good NHP pitcher. Schwartz pitched five innings with Zack Arthus coming in relief to pitch the final two innings. Schwartz struck out four and allowed only two hits. Arthus collected a strikeout and collected his first save of the season.
The Giants collected seven hits. Frankie Gaudio had a triple to right center with an RBI. John Scuderi had two hits including a double with other hits from Will Brennan, Richie Maccarone (RBI), Sam Harrington and Joe Sorbara.
The Giants are now 13-2 in League ball, including 11-1 in Connie Mack. The Giants winning percentage is .860 in league ball and .760 overall which includes tournament ball.
The Giants would like to thank Rob Kormoski for providing a last minute field change.
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