For the first time in Merillon history the 10, 11 and 12 year-old All-Star teams won their respective Williamsport District Championships.
The Merillon summer league started off with great defensive and offensive plays. In the field, Mathew Merolla, Cenzo Montoni, Jordan Seidenberg, Paulie Depaulis, Joseph Muratore, and Christian Zamora, continued where they left off in the spring. The newest Dodgers, Jack Nathan, Justin Marsella, Harrison Goldring, Michael Campagnoulo, Logan Golia, and Nicholas Marsella also demonstrated their fundamentals of baseball. The bats were alive with all the players getting on base and scoring 16 runs.
In a rain-shortened tournament, the New Hyde Park Boys U8 Blue Thunder took home the First Place trophy in the top-rated Red division after going undefeated on the first day of the Plainedge Father’s Day Tournament held at Syosset’s Stillwell Fields. Playing on a slick, rain-soaked field did not slow the boys down one bit. After a hard-fought, opening game which ended in a 5-4 thrilling victory versus Lindenhurst, the boys shut out the Deer Park Wolfpack and the West Hempstead Chiefs, 3-0 and 5-0 respectively. The team showed up early Sunday morning ready to pick up where they left off but unfortunately Mother Nature did not cooperate. Heavy overnight rains rendered the fields unplayable and the day’s games were cancelled. The boys’ extreme disappointment was slightly tempered by the fact that they were crowned champs. The 5-4 win made the coaches proud because of the boys’ resilience. The only time Blue Thunder led in the game was when they broke the 4-4 tie with less than two minutes left after trailing 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, and 4-3. The boys never gave up and kept coming back at a very tough and talented Lindenhurst squad. The 5-0 win versus the Chiefs was a clinic in soccer. It was as close to a perfect soccer game as 8-year-old boys could possibly play. Suffocating defense, disciplined positioning, no-look/one-touch passes, tremendous foot skills, and acrobatic goals left the crowd murmuring with the realization that they had just witnessed soccer the way it ought to be played. Congratulations boys! And thanks for a terrific Father’s Day present from all the coaches and dads in attendance.
In a rain-shortened tournament, the New Hyde Park Boys U8 Blue Thunder took home the First Place trophy in the top-rated Red division after going undefeated on the first day of the Plainedge Father’s Day Tournament held at Syosset’s Stillwell Fields. Playing on a slick, rain soaked field did not slow the boys down one bit. After a hard-fought, opening game which ended in a 5-4 thrilling victory versus Lindenhurst, the boys shut out the Deer Park Wolfpack and the West Hempstead Chiefs, 3-0 and 5-0 respectively. The team showed up early Sunday morning ready to pick up where they left off but unfortunately Mother Nature did not cooperate.
In a game that exhibited solid pitching the Merillon Patriots came out on top with a 4-3 win. All of our runs were scored by HRs. John Young hit HRs in the 1st and 5th innings, Ross Crames in the 1st and Liam Slattery in the 4th inning. Although the boys were hitting the ball well Albertson-Herricks were making outstanding fielding plays. Matt Theodorpoulos, Vincent Patrey, Evan Clark all had base hits. All Patriots turned in excellent defense as no errors were made. Infielders converted all balls hit their way and the outfielders backup the infield plays when required.
At the outset of the last Williston Park Village Board meeting the Williston Park Little League was honored for winning the first District Championship since the league was formed in 1951.
To that end the trophy was presented to Williston Park Mayor Ludwig Odierna to display in the trophy case at village hall.
The team also presented a team picture and the game ball was also presented to be placed in the trophy case. The entire team was present to receive praise from everyone at the meeting.
For the U8G NHP Thunder Cats, there is one word that comes to mind on how they played and it was awesome, in the Plainedge Fathers Day Tournament on June 20th. They came in third place but by no means did it count for how they played with only one point from being in second place. All the girls put their best foot forward, playing their hardest and truly enjoyed the game. There was not one girl that did not put an effort in to contribute as a player and if you were watching one of the games you would have been on the edge of your seat gripped with excitement. The team may have started off slow in the first half of that morning game but they got better with each passing moment. By the second game there was no stopping them and in the third game do you think a little rain would dampen their spirits, by no means… it just drove them harder as a team. I can’t say one player outshined another because they all were shining bright that day.
The first game against Syosset was a close game, we were evenly matched, but we lost 1-0.
And The Beat Goes On - 38 in a row! Although we’re now playing multiple games due to the increased enrollment, the parents lost both ends of a double-header on this, our final week. The junior game ended in regulation in an 8-8 tie, leaving the parents with a false sense of hope, only to be dashed in a lopsided shootout. All ten players were able to beat the goalie. The parents’ preparation left much to be desired in their training. It looked like the last thing they wanted was to compete in a shootout. Tristan Yang, Kerra Thornton, Harrison Stein, Petros Panomeritakis, Nick Mininson, Joshua Hom, Charlie Hinz (goalie), Samantha Duggan, Chris Cooney, Joshua Birnbaum, Emily Bosco and Justin Almonte made a formidable team. The seniors were able to settle their match within the allotted time with a decisive 6-4 victory. Christina Kerwin got things started with the players’ 1st goal. Although the veterans responded with goals by coach Rich and Jeremy, Adam’s shot to the lower corner tied things just before half-time. The players got off to a quick start in the 2nd half with goals by Andrew Abberton, Andrea Matteo, Adam (again) and coach Jimmy to ice the game. A late goal by coach Kevin and a converted penalty kick by coach Krys on a questionable call by the ref gave the veterans a chance to keep it respectable, but it was a matter of too little, too late. Super play by Stefani Egre, David Glass, Patrick Kerwin, Billy Russo, Matt Saraiva and Robert Vittiglio showed once again why the parents need to begin practicing early and often in the season if they expect to have any chance at all to compete with the more experienced players.
All County Business Solutions “Blue Angels” Vs.Stutzmann Funeral Home “Racers”
The Blue Angels ended their season with a bang, with each girl getting multiple hits, great base running, and stellar defensive plays. The team: Joanna Vissichelli, Amanda Garcia, Sophia Leeds, Gia Maniaci, Emily Bidner, Stephanie Zovich, Jackie Courtesis, Nadia Bari,Claire O’Regan, Brianna Kerrane, Tori Kaiser, Michela Guira, Katie Fitzgerald each came a long way in their play this spring and formed a wonderful team with great spirit. Thanks to our coaches John Vissichelli and Tony Garcia. We had a terrific season and a lot of fun.
Bagels N A Hole Lot More “Wildcats” Vs. Glen Oaks “Marlins”
The star of the first game was Isabella Fazzolari who made an unassisted triple play. Paulina Valentine made a double play in the same game. We had all 14 girls play in the first game with Michaela Zabicki, Sarah Bush, Una Reid, Kaitlyn Stoyer, Katie Belmonte, Daniella Connor, Lauren Wasserman, Kristina Horan, Joanna Maurceri and Emily Budhram all smashed 3 hits apiece. Alana Moran had a big hit and made some nice plays in the field. In the second game, we had hits galore, with Katie Belmonte leading the team with five hits and 5 runs scored. Kaitlyn Stoyer and Kristina Horan and Daniella Connor all had 5 big hits in the game. Una Reid and Michaela Zabicki each hit doubles in the game. Sarah Bush and Paulina Valentine had 4 hits a piece. Alana Moran and Lauren Valencia both had 2 hits and scored 2 runs. It was another great season for the Wildcats.
Fundamentals of Ball “Dodgers”
Vs. Dr. William Facibene MD PC “Nationals”
The Dodgers again demonstrated that they are learning the “Fundamentals of Ball”. Gold glove awards go to Mathew Merolla and Jordan Seidenberg who made multiple 1 to 3 put outs. Batting trophies go to Cenzo Montoni for driving in 3 runs, Kevin Walsh and Joseph Muratore for driving in 2 runs each. The hustle award goes to Mathew Strocchia for beating a force out attempt at second base. The most improved batting awards go to Christian Zammora and Ryan Gonzalez who hit ropes to third base. Lastly, the most improved fielding award goes to Alex Okeef who made 2 unassisted put outs.
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