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This Week in Giants Baseball: July 9, 2010

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.