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Merillon Athletic Association: June 10, 2011

Merillon Minors BAB Mechanical Fireballs (12)

vs Manhasset Diamonds (8)

The Fireballs hot streak continued against a tough Diamond team. Isabella Fazzolari started, striking out 5 and making some heads up plays on the mound.  Sophia Leeds came on in relief getting 2 K’s and pitching one scoreless inning. The Fireball bats were working overtime tonight, leading the offense was Sophia L. going 3/3 including a rocket shot for a triple and 3 RBI’s. Jillian Bergman and Silvana Seidita each with 3H and 2 RBI’s.  Casey Sanders hit a double and advanced to 3rd base on an error, driving in a run. Michaela Zabicki, Isabella F., and Julia Kosinski each tallied 1H, 1RBI, 1R.  Elise Gonzalez, Gia Yetikyel, and Melanie Fiensilver showed great patience at the plate, reaching base via walks and combining to score 5 runs. The defense was on target, starting behind the plate with Julia and Michaela.  Isabella, Casey and Sophia made some stellar fielding plays including a double play. This was another example of great teamwork and each girl contributed to the win. GO FIREBALLS!!

Sportography Giants (23) Vs.
NewHyde Park Funeral Home Blue Jays (10)

In what was expected to be an exciting matchup between two hard-hitting baseball teams, the bats came alive early and often as the mighty Giants exhibited a tremendous offensive surge to earn their seventh victory of the season against a tough Blue Jays team at the Merillon Complex this evening. Starter John Napolitano earned his second victory of the season with a 7 strikeout performance over 3 innings while also contributing offensively with 3 singles, 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Max Silverstein not only turned in 2 solid innings of middle-inning relief with 3 strikeouts of his own, he had his best offensive showing of the season going 4-for-4 with a single, 2 doubles, a triple, 6 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Making his first pitching appearance of the season, Jesse Romano took the mound in the top of the 6th inning and in impressive fashion completed the game and closed out the victory. Not only was Gregory Andreopoulos another of the Giants’ offensive stars with 2 singles, a double, 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored, he also displayed his defensive skills by throwing out a runner trying to advance from 1st base to 2nd base after hitting a hard single to centerfield in the bottom of the 6th inning. Also swinging a hot bat was Scott Schanter with 3 singles, an RBI and 3 runs scored, Chris Valentine with 2 singles, 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored and Patrick McTiernan with a single, a triple, 4 RBIs and a run scored. Fernando Robayo and Harman Takhar added to the bottom line with a triple and a single, respectively, while combining for 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Matt Notine, Brian Korpacz and Alex Garabedian combined for 5 walks, 4 stolen bases, an RBI and 5 runs scored while each flashed the leather in the field.  Go Giants!
Denis Barbershop Royals vs.

Newman Orthodontics Braves
The Royals continued their power hitting with a nice double off the bat of Gavin Borduas. Luke Notine also hit a ball into the outfield, but was held to a single thanks to a strong Braves defense. Way to go boys! Also at the plate, Demetris Panouis had five hits and scored a run, Ryan Gonzalez had 4hits and scored a run, and Trevor Yee also came through with 4 hits and scored 2 runs. Justin Cosgrove played a great game scoring a couple of runs on three hits, and Scott McClellan and Dino Vidaich each hustled on the base paths and contributed 3 hits as well. Alfred Squicciarino and Joseph Montoni hit into some tough Braves defense, but were each able to produce a hit at the plate, and Alex Spagnoli hustled, and did a nice job with a hit and run scored. Way to go Royals, let’s keep up the good work!
Merillon Minors BAB Mechanical Fireballs (12)

vs Merillon Minors Signs of Love Bolts (9)

On a very hot evening the two talented Merillon teams met for the final time this season. The Fireballs started with Stephanie Zovich on the mound and she turned in a very strong performance with 7 strikeouts. Silvana Seidita came on in middle relief for 2 innings, striking out 3, giving up only 1 run. Sophia Leeds came in for the last inning and was able to maintain the Fireball lead with good fielding plays on the mound. The HOT Fireball bats were lead by Isabella Fazzolari, whose bat has been on fire lately, rocking a triple to right field scoring 2 runs. Jillian Bergman had 2 solid hits driving in a run. Sophia, Casey Sanders, Julia Kosinski, Stephanie each tallied a hit a piece. Gia Yetikyel, Silvana Seidita, Michaela Zabicki, and Samantha Grenard all reached base via walks. Elise Gonzalez and Melanie Fiensilver took good cuts at the plate.  Good aggressive fearless base running throughout the game with Casey, Julia, Sophia, Samantha all stealing home. I want to give credit to my catchers Julia, Samantha, Stephanie and Sophia who did a great job behind the plate under very tough conditions. It was an exciting game with good hitting, pitching, base running and defense, including a double play!! Great Job Girls! Go Fireballs!
Robert J Kurre & Associates, PC Dodgers vs

Margaret Zadnik, DDS Orthodontics Nationals

Well played game by both teams tonight. Some really great defensive plays from both teams made for an exciting game. Ralph Bonelli’s throw from deep shortstop to Stephen Bracco at first for an out was well done. Justin Rosen’s catch at pitcher’s mound of a very high pop up was well played as was Thomas Rubinic’s play to third base from left field. Defensive play of the game goes to Stephen Bracco for a single handed double play to end the game in the sixth. We also had some great hitting. Stephen Bracco and Nicholas Ungania had 3 hits each, Stephen with 2 doubles and Nicholas with one. Nicholas Rubinic, James Asmus, William Vasilakos, Thomas Rubinic and Vincent Pepe all contributed with 2 hits each.  Ralph Bonelli led the team in runs scored with 3, while Joseph Mattei, Nicholas Ungania, James Asmus, Daniel Simmons and William Vasilakos all had 2 runs batted in. ~ Nice game Dodgers.

Stutzman Funeral Home Brewers vs.

Eddie’s Pizza
Virag Shah was dominant pitching two scoreless inning and striking out six batters while walking three times and scoring three runs. Matt Rivera pitched two great innings and struck out two batters while singling and walking twice at the plate. Siva Paturi walked three times drove in three runs and scored two runs. William Lentini went 1 for 2 with a two rbi single and walked twice and scored 3 runs.
Jared Puntus walked three times and singled driving in a run and scoring twice and made a great play on a grounder to shortstop and caught a hard line drive while playing third. Frankie Stigliano hit the ball hard lining out to the pitcher and walked twice and was hit by a pitch.Sam Motelson singled and walked twice and played a great game at catcher. Justin Tamera singled with the bases loaded driving in two and walked three times and made some nice blocks of balls in the dirt while at catcher. Aaron Lesser hit the ball hard twice and walked two times scoring a run. Ibrihim Khwaja walked twice and made a niceplay in left chasing down a ball and throwing to third. Adrienne Balkcom pitched the last two innings and was dominant striking out five. The Brewers advanced to the next round of the playoffs in a well played game by both teams.
Cellini Lodge Diamondbacks  vs.

Costello ACE Hardware Rockies

After practicing hard all week, the Diamondbacks executed what they learned in grand fashion. The bats were sizzling all game. Daniel Goldberg 4 for 4 with 3RBI’s, Cenzo Montoni 2 doubles and 2 RBI’s, AJ Devito double and 1 RBI, Christopher Bruccoleri 2 for 3 and 2 RBI’s, Nick Levkulic, 4 for 4 with 2 RBI’s, Abidin Dauti 1RBI, Mathew Merolla hit a rope to center with 1 RBI, Brendan Slateery 1 RBI, Daniel Son 1 RBI, Daniel Mattei with a solid hit to left and 1 RBI, Mathew Castelli 1 RBI, Mathew Strocchia 1 RBI. The pitching staff ( Cenzo Montoni, Christopher Bruccoleri, Abidin Dauti, Nicholas Levkulic, and Mathew Merolla) were superb and were well controlled by the cats behind the plate (Daniel Mattei and Brendan Slattery). The Diamondbacks are putting all the fundamentals together, and have become a solidified TEAM. They are looking forward to meeting the Angels in the semi-finals as they make a run for Championship Saturday.
Sportography Giants (9) Vs.

Dr. Barbaro Orioles (8)

Despite giving up a 6-run lead in the top of the 1st inning, it turned into a hard-fought comeback win and by far the most exciting game of the season whose outcome literally came down to the final play as the mighty Giants displayed strong pitching, timely hitting and perseverance to earn their eighth victory of the season against an impressive Orioles team at the Merillon Complex this evening. Although he struggled early, starter Max Silverstein eventually settled down and turned in another solid effort with a 5 strikeout performance over 3 innings while also contributing offensively with a single, a double, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.  John Napolitano took the hill in relief in the bottom of the 4th inning and gave up only two runs over 3 innings while throwing 6 strikeouts to earn his third victory of the season. The offensive star of the game for the Giants was Harman Takhar who hit a one-out single, stole 2 bases and just barely got under the tag of the catcher to score the winning run on a wild pitch, all in the bottom of the 6th inning. Scott Schanter not only added to the bottom line with a single, an RBI and a run scored, he also displayed his greatly improving defensive skills by covering 2nd base on a throw from the right centerfielder off a hard hit line drive to nail a runner at the bag and end the threat of a two-out bases loaded rally in the top of 3rd inning.  Patrick McTiernan was once again solid behind the plate at catcher and also contributed offensively by reaching 1st base on an error in the bottom of the 1st inning, stealing 2nd base and then eventually coming around to score on a wild throw to the catcher.  Patrick later drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Also contributing offensively were Matt Notine, Brian Korpacz and Alex Garabedian who combined for 3 singles, a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored.  Brian was actually in the midst of a great at-bat against a dominating pitcher when the winning run slid across the plate. Jesse Romano and Dawson Tankersley combined for 2 walks and a run scored while each flashed the leather in thefield. A special thanks to call-up Matthew Rivera who not only scored a run in the bottom of the 3rd inning but also roamed the outfieldwith great confidence, catching two pop-ups to right centerfield and cleanly fielding a hard hit line drive and then throwing to 2nd base to nail a runner at the bag in the top of the 3rd inning. Go Giants!

Dominick’s Italian & American Delicatessen Mariners (6) vs,

Grant Thornton LLP Pirates (1)

The mighty Mariners advanced past the first round of the play-offs with a pitching dominated performance over the powerful Pirates.  Starting pitcher Andrew Colgan threw four scoreless innings for the Mariners, punctuated with ten strikeouts, while closer Dominick Picirillo allowed only one run in the final two innings for the save. James Castaldi continued his power surge into the playoffs by driving a long double in the first inning to bring in the first run for the Mariners. Otherwise, the Mariners’ bats were a little cold early in the game, scratching out only one more run through the first four innings against some impressive Pirates pitching.  However, the offense came alive in the fifth with a four run outburst highlighted by Jimmy Denara’s line drive down the right field line to score Parth Patel and Harrison Neettler, who both drew walks and stole bases to start the inning. The Mariners defense was led by catcher Michael Zuschlag, who called a great game behind the plate, John Denara, who manned the hot corner at third, Nick Lopez at short and Brandon Knupfer and Shawn Chacko in the outfield..  Next up for the Mariners is a semi-final game against the tough Dr. Barbaro Oriloes.   .
Robert J Kurre & Associates, PC Dodgers vs.

Bencivenga Ward & Co., CPA’s, PC Athletics

It was a great day for baseball and the last game of the season.  The Dodgers had a great game today.  We had two great defensive plays with catches by Nicholas Rubinic in right field and William Vasilakos at shortstop.  Both Stephen Bracco and Joseph Matteiwere a perfect 3-3 and combined for 4 runs scored.  Ralph Bonelli led the team in RBI’s with 3, while Justin Rosen and William Vasilakos each had 2 RBI’s.  A special thanks to Nicholas Ungania who helped coach the team for the day.  All the boys played great this year with everyone improving from where they started at the beginning of the season. The parents were a tremendous support and helped make the season fun and successful. The Dodgers team : Nicholas Rubinic, Thomas Rubinic, Matthew Rubinic (the triplets), Justin Rosen, William Vasilakos, Danny Simmons, Vincent Pepe, James Asmus, Stephen Bracco, Joseph Mattei, Luke Gruosso, Ralph Bonelli and Nicholas Ungania. ~ Thank you for the opportunity to coach all of you, have a great summer.

Chico’ Bail Bonds Cubs vs.

Newman Orthodontics Braves

It was a cloudy cool day for baseball in NHP.  Leading the offense for the Braves was Stephen Lopez with 5 hits and 4 runs scored.  Matthew Heimowitz, Ryan Wasserman, Jimmy Weedon, Alex Schwartz, Kenny Hirschfeld and Jaden Weisser had 4 hits each.  Matthew Bloom, Joseph Vieni, Eli Goodwin & Ben Goodwin with 3 hits each. Leading the defensive for the Braves was Ryan, Kenny, Matthew H and Jimmy.  Ryan had an unassisted doubleplay on a pop up. Matt H made a great play at third when he fielded a grounder and made the long throw to Ryan at first who made a perfect stretch to get the putout.  Kenny also had a great putout. Jimmy had 2 heads up putouts while playing the outfield. A great all around team effort and both teams showed excellent sportsmanship.
Sportography Giants (17) Vs.
Modell’s Rays (11)

It was another great outing for the mighty Giants who once again displayed resourceful pitching, powerful hitting and an offensive surge to earn their ninth victory of the season against a very determined Rays team at the Merillon Complex this evening.  Starter Gregory Andreopoulos not only earned his second victory of the season with a 5 strikeout performance over 3 innings while holding the opposition to 5 runs, he also had one of his best offensive showings of the season going 2-for-2 with a single, a “rainmaker” grand slam, 6 RBIs and a run scored. John Napolitano turned in a solid inning of relief in the bottom of the 4th inning with a strikeout while giving up just one run. John also dazzled at the plate and on the base path with 3 walks, 3 stolen bases (including one of home) and 4 runs scored. Making his first appearance of the season, Fernando Robayo took the mound in the bottom of the 5th inning and turned in an impressive performance with 2 strikeouts of his own and also contributed offensively with a single, a double, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Max Silverstein came into pitch the bottom of the 6th inning and completed the game in impressive fashion with 3 strikeouts while giving up no runs to close out the victory.  Max also had another inspiring offensive showing going 3-for-3 with 2 singles, a double, 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Patrick McTiernan also continues to swing a hot bat going 2-for-4 with 2 singles, 2 RBIs and a run scored and was once again solid behind theplate at catcher. Also contributing offensively was Alex Garabedian with a single, a walk, a stolen base and 2 runs scored and Dawson Tankersley with a single, a walk, 2 RBIs and a run scored. Scott Schanter and Jesse Romano combined for an RBI and 2 runs scored while each flashed the leather in the field. A special thanks to call-up Matthew Rivera who not only contributed to the bottom line with an RBI and a run scored, but once again patrolled the outfield with authority. Go Giants!
Modell’s Rays (5)
Dr. Barbaro Orioles (12)

The Rays bowed out of the 2011 Merillon Playoffs with a tough 12-5 loss to the outstanding Orioles. The Rays battled all game long, but the Orioles were just too strong for the relentless Rays to overcome.  Despite the loss, the Rays should be proud of the way they played this season, as each team member displayed talent and sportsmanship throughout the year. On the mound, the Rays were led this season by the excellent performances of Charlie Goodwin, Joey Jacobs, Sean McClellan, Jack Tucker, Sean O’Connor, Brian Volk, Jake Dieber and Joe Sullivan. Each pitcher made every effort toheed the simple, yet important, instructions of the coaching staff to “throw strikes.” Offensively, the Rays were led by Brian Volk (ending the season batting 0.548 with an OBP of 0.667), Sean McClellan (0.323 BA) and Matthew Solomon (key clutch hits in a few games). In the field, the entire team made tremendous plays in every game, and great strides were displayed by Tyler Dauble, Evan Chaleff and Angelo Ferrigno, each of whom filled some vital innings behind the plate in addition to their work in the field. Thanks to the entire team for a fun season.