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Comanchees Win 1st NC Tournament

The 11-u Glen Cove Comanchees travel baseball team played in last month’s inaugural Nassau County Fall Baseball Tournament at the Mitchell Field Complex in Uniondale. In this tournament, the two top teams from each division play for the championship, so winning our opening games was imperative.

In game 1 vs. the Mudhens, Christopher Capobianco took the mound, pitching three strong innings, giving up only two runs on three hits, while striking out six batters.  Peter Nikolis came on in relief, yielding only one run and one hit with three strikeouts to pick up the save.

At the plate, the Comanchees were led by Thomas Paulich, who had a single, double and home run for six RBI’s.  Nikolis also shined at the plate, starting Comanchee rallies in three separate innings with a single, double and a triple.  Brian Shannon added two hits, one RBI and two runs scored, while Sean Maleady contributed with a hit, two walks, two RBI’s and two runs scored.

The Comanchees were in the win column.

Game 2 started off with leadoff hitter Tommy Mavros on fire.  For the game, Mavros just missed hitting for the cycle with a homerun, a triple and a double, including three runs scored and an RBI.  Kevin Monahan singled and homered with one RBI and two runs scored.  Paulich and Maleady also homered, putting the Comanchees permanently ahead of the Long Island Bandits 13-1.

Quadir Akines was the pitching hero for the game, going four innings, striking out four and giving up only one hit and the Bandits’ only run.

The Game 3 opponent was Levittown and both teams found themselves in a “must-win” situation as the winner would advance to the championship.

Tony Figliuolo, playing hurt, went to left field and made two game-saving plays to keep the ball in front of him.  An inch either way and the two hits were homers.  At the plate, Shannon had a triple and a sacrifice for two RBI’s.  Mavros reached base three times, scoring twice.

Shannon also started on the mound, going four strong innings yielding just two hits and three walks and striking out six.  Paulich came on in relief, going two innings with three strike-outs, two walks and only two hits.  In a real barnburner, the Comanchees won 4-2 and made it to the championship game.

Their opponent in the title game was a strong Island Trees team.  Maleady took to the hill and had a great outing over four innings, giving up only three hits, with three strikeouts. Monahan played a great game behind the plate, keeping the Island Trees runners from advancing.  

The Comanchees started out slow at the plate, but were eventually led by Paulich who took a 3-2 pitch with bases loaded deep to left for a grand slam. Paulich ended the day with 5 RBI’s.  Also hot at the plate were Capobianco with a triple, a single and two RBI’s, Robert Rizzo with two RBI’s and Figliuolo with a key bunt single and a sacrifice fly.  

In a rare occurrence, the Comanchees came away with the tournament championship via run rule, taking home top honors in the inaugural tournament.

As the Comanchees wind up another exciting baseball year and head into their Cooperstown season in the 12-under age bracket, Manager Kevin Monahan and Coaches Paul Casale, Dino Nikolis and Glenn Rizzo would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the Comanchee players and their parents for their time, effort and commitment year after year.  There would not be a team without this support.  Additionally, the team has taken on a tremendous fundraising drive to be able to go to Cooperstown All Star Village next August. Local businesses, families, friends and fans have all been extremely generous as we work towards this goal and the team is eternally grateful.