Anthony Patullo and Michael Homan pitched solidly, with Homan earning the win in their 5-4 victory over the Titleland Agency Giants on Saturday, May 4. Evan “Mariano” Barrow came in during extra innings to strike out the side with the bases loaded for the save.
Town of Oyster Bay residents and local officials gathered on Saturday, April 27 to re-dedicate the newly renovated little league baseball park known as “Pops” Sabellico Field.
The park, located on Merritts Road in Farmingdale, was first dedicated by the Town in 2001 to posthumously honor James “Pops” Sabellico, a lifetime resident of Farmingdale who dedicated his life to his family and, as a highly regarded baseball coach, the children of the community.
The Massapequa Observer A’s led early with great pitching by Michael Homan through three innings. In the top of the fourth, Michael Grisanti hit his first HR to put the A’s up 3-0. In the bottom of the inning, the Angels stormed back to tie the game 4-4. In the top of the sixth, the A’s went up 5-4 with a key hit by Robbie Cecala. Grisanti added the necessary insurance with another 3-run HR to put the A’s up 8-4. The Angels struck back in the bottom of the sixth with a 2-run HR by Matthew Zanfardino and the second of two doubles by Connor O’Rourke. With two outs and a man on third, the A’s held on for a thriller of a win. Earlier in the week the A’s had lost to the Park Physical Therapy Dodgers 3-1, with a solo HR by Grisanti.
The American Black Belt Academy is a thriving 20-year-old institution born out of one man’s love of the martial arts sits nestled between restaurants, doctor’s offices, and clothing stores in the middle of Massapequa Park.
Tom LoVarco, Senior Instructor and owner of the American Black Belt Academy, said that he didn’t discover his true passion and fighting style of choice - Kempo Karate - until he was an adult.
The A’s beat the Cardinals this past Saturday 5-4 coming back from a 4-1 deficit.
Jason Kopp started the game with Rob Cecala coming on in relief to earn the win.
Opening day of the Massapequa International Little League brought out Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and Town Councilman Joseph G. Pinto, as well as officials from local government. The ceremonies were Held at Brady Park in Massapequa Park. Officials on hand were Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto, Massapequa Park Deputy Mayor Jeffrey Pravato, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and District Court Judge Rhonda Fischer.
The Massapequa Observer A’s took 2 out of 3 last week to improve their record to 3-1. On April 9th, their bats came alive as they defeated the OMF Pediatric Nationals 11-5. Michael Homan picked up the win striking out six Nationals in three innings. April 13th the A’s came up short losing to the Kleer Fax Yankees 4-1. Michael Grisanti pitches well in the loss giving up two unearned runs. April 15th the A’s defeat the Big Al’s Fitness Rangers 10-4 behind four solid innings pitched by Brendan Castonguay and great defensive play with three runners being thrown out at the plate.
The 36th annual Run for ASPIRE 10K race was held, and runners from Massapequa and Massapequa Park captured some of the honors. The 10K Run started and finished at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School on Washington Avenue in Plainview, with a course that took the runners down Plainview Road to Haypath Road and up Round Swamp Road back to Plainview.
Runners from the Massapequas who came home from the ASPIRE 10K with awards included Chris Mammone of Massapequa (3rd OA,. 2nd 25-29), Matthew Wontz of Massapequa (3rd 25-29), Lorraine Heuther of Massapequa (3rd woman 55-59), Howard Kestenbaum of Massapequa Park (3rd 80-84) and Ruth Maller of Massapequa Park (2nd woman 80-84).
It was less than six months ago when Superstorm Sandy swept into the area, bringing its wrath to many places, especially Massapequa. On October 30, 2012 the thought of baseball being played in Burns Park, or anywhere else in Masssapequa was a far-fetched notion. However, incredibly, in another sign of the resolve of Massapequa residents, the Massapequa Coast Little League held its opening day parade as Massapequa’s future stars paraded from Birch Lane School to a celebration in Burns Park for opening day festivities.
“This park was in a lot of trouble,” Craig Garland, president of Massapequa Coast Little League told the large crowd that had gathered for the celebration. “It needed a lot of work, but our supervisor and our town, behind the leadership of John Venditto did everything that was necessary to make this day happen for our players and our families.”
Runners from Massapequa and Massapequa Park took home many of the honors at the recent third leg of the four race Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series of races leading up to the Long Island Marathon. The race was held at Old Bethpage Restoration Village and nearly 300 runners participated. The Series is co-sponsored by the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Tara Mannino, 24, of Massapequa was the first woman to cross the finish line, finishing in 21:10. Other Award winners from the Massapequas included Joanna DeSousa of Massapequa Park, who took first place honors in the women’s 14 and under age group, Kelly Short of Massapequa, was the third woman in the 20-24 age group, Monica Enright of Massapequa was the top finisher among the women in the 50-54 age group, and Howard Kestenbaum of Massapequa Park, finished second in the 80-84 age group.The final event in the Jonas Chiropractic RunNassau Series will be a four-mile run at Eisenhower Park on April 27, the week before the Long Island Marathon.
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