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Great Neck PAL 2009 Spring Baseball 4/5 Division

After one week of practice and a handful of rainouts the 2009 Police Activity League Spring baseball season got off to a start on a beautiful Mother’s Day Sunday. PAL provides a co-ed baseball league for children in kindergarten through seventh grade which features instructional play through second grade and real game action with kids doing the pitching beginning in third grade. 

The combined 4/5 grade division has six teams of approximately12 players with each team sporting Major League Baseball caps and jerseys. We hope to bring you regular game recaps throughout the season and post-season playoffs to let you know how our local little leaguers are doing.

A week ago Sunday found the WhiteSox hosting the Astros at Memorial Field #3. The Astros took an early 3-0 lead with timely hitting from John Kyriannis and Noah Ondris. Pitchers Josh Putter and Danny Kosofsky held the Sox in check throwing two scoreless innings each. The WhiteSox finally broke through in the fifth inning tying the score on a hit by Michael Ayala who also did an excellent job behind the plate. Alec Molina provided the Sox two strong innings of relief and the game ended in a tie when neither team scored in the sixth and final inning.

Over on Memorial Field #1 the Marlins defeated the under-manned Orioles. The Marlins were led by the quality pitching of Natalie Dickler, the hitting of Yves Trokel and the solid catching of Jared Schwartz who both tagged out and threw out baserunners.

Finally, at Allenwood Park, the Diamondbacks defeated the Braves by a final score of 7-4 winning with an exciting 6 run rally in the final inning. For the Braves, Alex Lutsky pitched two strong innings and Jake Guggenheimer smacked the Braves first home run of the season. The Diamondbacks were led by a Jacob Sernick triple and the brilliant pitching of Aaron Ahmed. Unfortunately, as the Diamondbacks were unable to field the minimum required number of players (7), the official score will reflect a forfeit to the Braves.

Games in the 4/5 Division are played Friday afternoons and Sundays at 1 p.m. at the above-mentioned fields and fans, family and friends are encouraged to come and cheer for their favorite teams!