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This Week in Giants Baseball: July 9, 2010

Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00

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.


Cappiello and Maccarone Are Two Diamond Award Finalists

Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00

Two Glen Cove High School baseball players, Peter Cappiello and Richie Maccarone were recognized as finalists for the most prestigious awards given out to Nassau County high school baseball players.  Peter Cappiello was honored as one of the four finalists for the Doug Robbins Diamond Award, given to the best pitcher in Nassau County while Richie Maccarone was honored as one of the four finalists for the Don Lang Award, given to the best hitter in Nassau County. 


This Week in Giants Baseball

Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00

The Giants had five games scheduled for the week. On Tuesday, June 22 the Giants had a Long Island Baseball Association (LIBA) game scheduled against East Meadow. With rain looming in the distance, Stefan Schwartz asked his battery mate, Joe Sorbara, if he thought the game would start. Joe, one of the ever-optimistic Giants, was not sure, as the skies did not look promising. Just as the line-up cards and ground rules were to be exchanged at 8:20 p.m., the skies opened and caused a 15-minute rain delay.


North Shore Fourth-grade Girls End Magical Year with Tournament Win

Friday, 25 June 2010 00:00

The North Shore Lady Vikings fourth-grade team eked out a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over Suffolk County kingpin West Islip at the Saturday, June 12 PAL Lacrosse tournament at SUNY Farmingdale. North Shore ran its season record to 9-1 as they stamped a claim on the mythical title of “Long Island’s Best” in their age category.

The Lady Vikings’ sole loss of the season was inflicted by Huntington, but that squad tasted two defeats themselves.


Giants Baseball This Week

Friday, 25 June 2010 00:00

The Giants played five games during the week which included a rematch against the 2009 LICM champions LI Athletic Cougars. The Cougars knocked out the Giants last year in the semi-final round of the Connie Mack playoffs, and went on to capture the LICM championship. The Giants were eager for a rematch.

The Giants sent Pete Cappiello to the hill to face the Cougars. The Giants pitching and defense held the Cougars scoreless until the bottom of the third when the Cougars were able to score a run on two hits and a stolen base. Cappiello pitched three innings, picking up four strike-outs and giving up four hits. The Giants brought in Haydon “No-No” Taylor, for the next two innings. This was Taylor’s first appearance since he threw a no-hitter the previous week, and he immediately went to work, striking out his first Cougar that stepped into the box. Taylor went two innings, allowing two hits and striking out four.


Speedy’s Corner: June 18, 2010

Written by Steve Gonzalez Friday, 18 June 2010 00:00

Midget Boys

Peter Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Anthony Caprarella was 3-for-4 with six RBI as the Hawkins Ironbirds beat the Mason Supply Jaxx, 15-1. Caprarella also hurled two relief innings in the team’s win. Earlier in the week, the Ironbirds lost a close game against the Milanese Landscaping Bulls, 4-3. Brian Becktold hit a two-run homer and Tristan Nolan pitched two shutout innings in a losing cause.


This Week in Giants Baseball

Friday, 18 June 2010 00:00

The Giants played six games during the week and won all six games, picking up  five wins in the Long Island Connie Mack League (LICM) and one in the Long Island Baseball Association (LIBA).

On Sunday, June 6 against Hicksville, in game one, Haydon Taylor pitched a no-hitter striking out nine with no runner reaching second base during the game. Eamonn Boyd, hovering in centerfield like a bird of prey the entire game, made one of his patented diving catches for the final out and to save the “no, no.” The Giants scattered seven hits with Brandon Lubrano and John Scuderi picking up two RBIs each. Frank Gaudio collected a key hit. The Giants defense was perfect with no errors.


Sea Cliff Golf Tournament

Friday, 11 June 2010 00:00

To Benefit the Village Library and SC Fire Dept

Yes! It’s back! It’s also a walking tour of secret Sea Cliff spaces!

Over 100 Sea Cliff residents volunteered their properties for either a golf hole, a walk thru their hidden passages and concealed courtyards, or just a short-cut along the way. You can play the course or walk the tour as part of the “gallery crowd.”

It’s all marked and mapped out this time and much more streamlined!


Glen Cove Giants Win Memorial Day Tournament

Friday, 11 June 2010 00:00

The Glen Cove Giants went a perfect 6-0 in the Glen Cove Memorial Day tournament, including beating a very strong Garden City Athletic team 3-0 in the championship at the Roy Campanella field on Memorial Day. The Giants collected 10 hits behind the brilliant pitching of Richie Maccarone. Maccarone, who tied for the tournament hit leader with Pete Cappiello, threw a two-hit, 81-pitch seven-inning complete game. With Maccarone off of his shortstop position a fan in the left field hill bleachers remarked “what about the defense?” John Scuderi moving over from second base quickly quieted the crowd with a perfect seven assist game. Will Brennan and Eamonn Boyd had RBIs for the Giants in the championship.


Viking Sports: June 4, 2010

Friday, 04 June 2010 00:00

Baseball Team Finishes Strong Season

The North Shore Vikings baseball team had a strong year and finished it with a nice run in the playoffs. The Vikings clinched a playoff spot by defeating Valley Stream North HS by the score of 3-1 in the last game of the regular season. The Vikings finished the regular season at 11-7, one game out of first place in the conference and ended up with the 15th seed in the Class A playoffs.


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