Written by Steve Gonzalez Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00
This week commences with another exciting season of Speedy’s Corner, summarizing results of the Glen Cove Junior Baseball/Softball League. However, before I begin, I need to mention a few of my heartfelt feelings for an amazing man, the late Rob Kormoski. Speedy would dare say that no one had ever known a more hardworking volunteer on our local baseball/softball fields than Rob. Over the last several years, Rob was a familiar sight on his cart running between games making sure every little nuance was taken care of, every issue resolved. It is only fitting that the league be renamed after him and his name memorialized on his golf cart. Rob would have it no other way. I also know that the Junior Baseball/Softball board of directors will do everything in its power to continue the hard work Rob performed in his 19 years of volunteer service. God speed, my friend. You’ve earned it!
Elijah Franqi and May Lasser had hits as Rodni Leftwich contributed an RBI in the Storm’s 18-2 loss to the Bats. In a game versus the Rockhounds, Leftwich doubled and had two RBI for the Storm in the team’s 3-2 losing squeaker at the hands of the Rockhounds. Evan Stogner had two hits and James McCormack added a hit.
Stogner had a hit and scored a run as John Michael Ktistakis (RBI) and Joseph Squarciafico singled but it wasn’t enough in the Storm’s 11-1 loss to the Hooks. Stogner did make a rare fielding gem at the John Maccarone Memorial Stadium, completing an unassisted triple play...Max Dochaal, Joey Rant and Noah Capps hit three-for-three as the Seadogs defeated the Grasshoppers, 14-2. Jake Casale chipped in with two hits and Zachary Gotterbarn legged out a triple. Delvin Maisunet and Mathew Bailey anchored the strong defense of the Seadogs.
The Seadogs had commenced their first win with an 8-4 victory over the Knights. Dochaal had an unassisted double play and Anthony DiLeo drove in five RBI. The Seadogs lost a 7-6 heartbreaker in their opening game. There was great Seadog fielding as Ryan Serrano completed his first double play by catching a pop up on the mound, flipped the ball over to DiLeo at first.
In a game between the Grasshoppers and the Rockhounds, where the Rockhounds won 11-3, Matt Small had three hits, including two homers and seven RBI for the Rockhounds. Small’s fourth-inning homerun was a grandslam. Anthony Schettino and Liam Bekrman made great defensive plays. The Rockhounds went 3-1 on the season as they beat the Knights, 9-4. Noah Kopetic and Schettino each had three hits and three RBI. Earlier in the week, Liam Bekrman was two-for-two with an RBI in the Rockhounds 3-2 win vs. the Storm.
Gregory Villafane (walk), Francesco Carvelli (run scored) and Daniel Springer (RBI) had hits despite a EMS Rockies’s 11-3 loss at the hands of the Marlins. Carvelli fanned five batters and allowed an earned run and two hits in three innings. Justin Ashby struck out five batters in an inning and a half. The Marlins defeated the Rockies, 9-2, for their first win of the young season. The Mets beat the Athletics, 11-4 for their first season win. Nick Famiglietti was 3-for-4, two singles, a double and two RBI while Izaiha Jorge was 2-for-4 with two singles and a RBI. Joe Congero and Alex DeAngelis combined for nine strikeouts with Congero fanning five batters in two innings for the Mets. The game clincher was a bases clearing double by Damon Garner.
The Diamondbacks beat the Phillies 11-6, for their first win of the season. Jared Jackson (3-for-4, three RBI), John Luzynski (3-for-3, three RBI) and Reece Lupo (2-for-4, two RBI) were the batting highlights for the D’Backs. Jackson only allowed four runs in four innings as his teammate Joseph Alicea only gave up two runs in three innings. Bobby Kiaer played great defense at second base making key plays that snuffed out any comeback from the Phillies.
Abigale Weiser and Lesly Villatoro were two-for-three as Lauren Pedro and Isabella Fuentes contributed hits in the Islandia School Supply Mets’ 11-9 loss at the hands of the Glen Cove Yankees. Christy Jantzen and Caroline Baptista were the pitching stars for the Mets. In their first game of the season, the Mets had defeated the Glen Cove Angels, 16-13. The batting stars were Juliana Esposito, Caroline Baptista, Gianna Stanco and Alexandra Martinez. Jantzen and Martinez pitched well on the mound while defensive plays were made by Stanco, Esposito, Baptista and Villatoro.
The Yankees lost to Oyster Bay, 20-7. In another game, the Yankees fell to the Cardinals, 20-5. The Yankees bats then woke up as they beat the Cardinals, 16-4. Jahneice Barnes and Brianna Ambles homered and Emily Vilar had a hit for the Yankees. The Yankees beat the Bayville Yankees, 17-5 with a grand slam homer from Barnes.