Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00
It wasn’t looking good for the mighty Mariners in the last inning of the championship game against their arch-rivals. Down 4-3 with two outs and Harrison Nettler on first base, Andrew Colgan stepped to the plate and promptly laced a single to right-field. The next batter, Jimmy Denara drew a walk to load the bases, which brought up Dominick Piccirillo with the game on the line. As the loyal Mariners’ fans rose to their feet, led by Dominick’s banner waving sister Lucia, Dominick worked the count full and fought off several nasty pitches before he also drew a walk to tie the score. A walk to the next batter, James Castaldi, brought in the winning run and the Mariners were on their way to being the 2011 Merillon Minors Champs. The key to the Mariners’ victory was powerful pitching and spectacular defense throughout the game. Starting pitcher, Dominick Piccirillo pitched three dominant innings, Andrew Colgan was lights-out for the next two and closer James Castaldi struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth to save the game. On the defensive side, third baseman John Denara made two stunning plays in one inning to end a Giants rally and catcher Michael Zuschlag silenced the Giants’ well-known running game by scooping up everything in the dirt and throwing out a runner trying to steal second in the third inning. Also contributing with solid defense was Nick Lopez, Parth Patel and Brandon Knupfer. “I’m proud of this team.” Coach Greg said after the game. “They worked hard and showed tremendous improvement throughout the season.” Coach Jack echoed that sentiment. “These guys played well together and had a great team chemistry.” Coach Steve added: “They’re a great group of kids and it was a pleasure coaching them.”
It was a brutal hot and humid day for baseball in NHP. Leading the offense for the Braves was Ryan Wasserman, Jimmy Weedon, Alex Schwartz, Kenny Hirschfeld & Matthew Bloom with 3 hits each. Jaden Weisser, Matthew Heimowitz, Ben Goodwin, Duhan Lee, Edward Mauceri & Stephen Lopez had 2 hits each. Eli Goodwin contributed with 1 hit. Doubles hit by Kenny, Jaden and Stephen. Leading the defensive for the Braves was Ryan & Jimmy. Ryan grabbed a hot liner that was in foul territory. Jimmy played a great first base. The A’s powerful offense proved to be too much for the Braves mighty defense. A great all around team effort and both teams showed excellent sportsmanship.
The second round of the playoffs was a thrilling game. The offense opened up the game in the second with singles by Mathew Strocchia, Brendan Slattery, and Michael Castelli. They were all driven in by a long double by Daniel Goldberg. The third inning started off with singles by AJ Devito, Adidin Dauti, and Daniel Mattei. Mathew Merolla drove in two with a double to centerfield and Nickolas Levkulic drove in one with a single to right. In the top of the sixth, Daniel Son lead off the inning with a single and later scored as Christopher Bruccoleri, and Cenzo Montoni followed with back to back singles. The pitching was again superb (Cenzo Montoni, Abidin Dauti, Mathew Merolla, Christopher Bruccoleri, and Nickolas levkulic). They were able to get out of bases loaded jams on three occasions and held the Angels to no runs in 4 of the 6 innings. They have achieved their goal of making the Championship game. Win or lose, the season has been a great success.
It was a nice night for baseball in NHP. Both teams played a great game with a lot of great plays in the field. Leading the offense for the Braves was Jimmy Weedon, Duhan Lee, Matthew Heimowitz & Stephen Lopez with 3 hits each. Ben Goodwin, Ryan Wasserman, Alex Schwartz, Kenny Hirschfeld, Eli Goodwin, Joseph Vieni & Edward Mauceri had 2 hits each. Matthew Bloom contributed with 1 hit. 2 laser doubles hit by Kenny and 1 by Matt H. Leading the defensive for the Braves was Kenny, Matt B, Matt H, Alex, Ryan & Jimmy. Ryan turned a double play by catching a pop up at first and throwing a strike to Jimmy who was covering second base. Kenny played a great third base. Matt B caught a liner on the pitchers mound. Matt B & Alex made a great putout on first and the pitchers mound. I would like to thank my team and parents for a great season that I was proud to be a part of.
On what was a perfect spring evening for a baseball game and a great start to the Memorial Day Weekend, the mighty Giants played to a hard fought tie as they once again displayed strong pitching and timely hitting against an impressive Reds team at the Merillon Complex tonight. Starting pitcher Max Silverstein had another strong outing on the hill with 6 strikeouts over 2 1/3 innings while once again contributing offensively with a single, a triple, a stolen base, an RBI and 2 runs scored. In fact, it was Max’s “three-bagger” and eventual steal of home in the bottom of the 6th inning that tied the game for the Giants. Making only his second appearance of the season, Fernando Robayo took the mound in the top of the 3rd inning and turned in quite an impressive performance of his own with 3 strikeouts over 1 2/3 innings despite struggling early. It was also Fernando who almost single-handedly secured a victory for the Giants as he walked and then stole 2 bases with 2 outs in the bottom of the 6th inning before being stranded at 3rdbase when a hard hit ball by the next batter was grabbed by the pitcher and tossed to 1st base for the final out of the game. Christopher Valentine also turned in a solid inning of relief with a strikeout while giving up no runs. John Napolitano came in to pitch the final inning of the game throwing 3 strikeouts while holding the Reds scoreless and also added to the bottom line with a single, a double, a stolen base and a run scored. Also contributing offensively was Gregory Andreopoulos with a single and an RBI,Patrick McTiernan with a double, Jesse Romano with a single and a run scored and Matthew Notine with a single, an RBI and a stolen base. Scott Schanter, Harman Takhar, Brian Korpacz and Alex Garabedian each flashed the leather in the field. Go Giants!
In what was their last game of the regular season before heading into the playoffs, the mighty Giants once again displayed resourceful pitching, powerful hitting and an offensive surge to earn their tenth victory of the season against a tough Rays team at the Merillon Complex this evening. Starter John Napolitano not only notched his fourth victory of the season with a 6 strikeout performance over 2 1/3 innings, he was one of the Giants’ offensive stars of the game with a “monster” home run, a walk, a stolen base, an RBI and 2 runs scored. Gregory Andreopoulos took the mound in the bottom of the 3rd inning and turned in yet another solid relief performance with 3 strikeouts of his ownover 1 2/3 innings while giving up just one run. Gregory also continued to swing a hot bat with 2 singles, a walk and 2 RBIs Making his third and final appearance of the regular season, Fernando Robayo came in to pitch in the bottom of the 5th inning and faced 6 batters while throwing one strikeout. Fernando also had a solid offensive outing with 2 singles, a stolen base, an RBI and 2 runs scored. Max Silverstein took the hill in the bottom of the 6th inning and struck out one batter over 2/3 of an inning of relief work and was another of the Giants’ offensive stars of the game with a grand slam, 4 RBIs, 2 walks and 2 runs scored. Christopher Valentine came in to pitch next and closed out the game with a strikeout of his own to secure the victory. Christopher also contributed offensively with four walks, 2 RBIs, a stolen base and a run scored. Not only was Patrick McTiernan another of the Giants’ offensive stars with a single, a hard hit line-drive double, 2 RBIs, a stolen base and 2 runs scored, he was once again solid behind the plate at catcher. Also contributing offensively was Harman Takhar with 2 singles, 2 stolen bases and a run scored and Matthew Notine with a hard hit line-drive single up the middle in the top of the 2nd inning, two walks, a stolen base and 3 runs scored. Scott Schanter, Jesse Romano, Brian Korpacz and Dawson Tankersley combined for 3 walks, 2 stolen bases, 3 RBIs and 3 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 a run scored after getting hit by a pitch in the top of the 4th inning, but once again displayed solid defense in the outfield. Go Giants!