Friday, 31 July 2009 00:00
Merrillon Sharks week-ending July 26th
The Sharks were 3 & 1 this week, winning 2 games at HBQVB’s tournament and 1 at the Williston Park tournament, despite having an injury list similar to the Mets with Nick Mangia and Yanni Rigos both missing some games. Gregory “Mays” Haynes won 2 games and Louis Plomitallo won 1, with Tom Murphy gaining a save and Greg Donovan making is summer pitching debut closing out a win. The outfield made many key plays this week, running down fly balls, backing up each other and hitting the cut-off man, led by Matt Vowinkel, CJ Carrick, Anthony Lanzilotta and Vincent Rossello. The hitting was strong as Peter Restivo is staying hot and Brendan Quinn is getting hot, also “sweet swinging” Louis Plomitallo has had 8 straight hits and Tom Murphy has had multiple RBIs in back to back games.
This year the Merillon 11 year old Williamsport All-Stars captured their second consecutive District 28 Championship. Over this two year period the Merillon Sharks are 9-1 in District play and have over 30 wins in various other tournaments. This year was our toughest challenge as the team faced elimination in 3 straight games but still came away with the district crown. The championship game was a classic against Port Washington as Merillon came away with a 2-1 win on a walk off hit in the bottom of the 6th with 2 outs and 2 strikes on our batter. Individual accomplishments although significant do not reflect why and how we won, as the team always came first. The team had it’s strongest roster over the past few years as each player has worked hard to improve during the off season to hone their baseball skills. They are James Messina, Greg Kyro, Mike Varrone, Brian Haug, Justin DiDonato, Peter Tagios, Justin Marder, Jake Kennedy, Adeel Bari, Mike Carbone, Giuseppe LoDuca, Brett Baker. The coaches all worked hard and deserve a big thank you: Mike Varrone, Greg Kyro, Norm Haug along with Manager Louis Messina. The team will now move on to sectional play looking to capture a Long Island Championship.
The Sun was bright and the temperature was hot but that did not deter the Dodgers from making great defensive plays. Joe Griffin, Mathew Merolla, Alex O’Keefe, Cenzo Montoni, Joe Muratore, Logan Golia led the way with great pick ups and solid gloves. Speed was big advantage as Nicholas Marsella and Michael Campagnuolo beat out close plays at first base. Justin Marsella and Harry Goldring contributed with timely base-hits. The Dodgers showed off their power with line drives in the gaps by Cenzo Montoni, Paulie Depaulis and doubles by Joe Griffin and Mathew Merolla.
The Athletics were in mid-season swing down at the yard this week. The team’s Slugger Awards go to A. Gullo, J.Witt ,C. Piccirillo, S. Derocchis, J. Coronado, M.Colluccio, A.Agerenza, C. Carbone and CJ Riccobono. Our Gold Glove Awards go C. Carbone C. Piccirilo and CJ Riccobono for turning two double plays. Till next time always run ‘em out.
The Athletics were playing with a short line up down at the yard this week. Great defense by both teams head lined this battle. This weeks Slugger Awards go to A. Gullo, J. Witt C. Piccirillo, S.Derocchis, J. Coronado, M.Colluccio, A. Agerenza C. Carbone and CJ Riccobono. Our Gold Glove awards go to C.Carbone A. Gullo, J. Witt and CJ Riccobono. Our Gamer Award goes to C. Grossman. Till next time always run ‘em out.
The Dodgers kept the game close with excellent fielding by Jordan Seidenberg, Vincenzo Montoni,
Mathew Merolla, Joseph Muratore and Joseph Griffin. Extra hustle by Justin Marsella, Christian Zammora, Harry Goldring, and Paul Depaulis, helped the Dodgers score 4 runs in the 4th.
Dharyl Moon scored the 1st run to get the offense going for the Brewers. Luke Pullo, Luke Tessoire, John Napolitano and Tyler Witt all had 3 hits. Sean O’Leary, Matt Rivera and Allesandro Lacera provided good pitching and were backed up by some great defense. George Vlantis made a huge play getting the force out at second from right field to halt a G.C. rally.