Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00
The MAA Hurricanes travel baseball program was in full swing on Memorial Day weekend. The MAA sent three teams (9U, 11U and 12U) to Port Washington to compete in Port Washington’s first Memorial Day Tournament. Over 30 teams from Long Island competed in tournaments through the various age groups.
The 9U team, coached by Kevin Braster and Sal Raziano, made it to the championship game in their first tournament. On the Sunday before Memorial Day, Tyge Duffy pitched a no hitter in the final qualification game, helping to capture the second seed in the championship game on Monday.
It was an exciting game against Roslyn, with a number of close calls and fierce play by the boys. They ultimately lost the game 7-4, but came out of their first tournament winners. They won second place overall, an impressive accomplishment for such a newly formed team
A trophy was accepted by coaches Kevin Braster, Sal Raziano and David Dwyer, along with the boys during a presentation ceremony at the end of the game.
This team has amazing potential, has a great time together and will represent Mineola and the MAA well in games to come. Congratulations!
The 11U team made it to the championship game with a 3-0 record, winning all their pool play games against North Shore, Hicksville and New Hyde Park. They were faced with playing the only other 3-0 team, hometown favorite Port Washington. It was a great game as both teams played awesome but the Mineola Hurricanes stayed perfect and won the game. That is the 11U’s second championship in as many attempts.
The 11U Hurricanes are 7-1 in tournament play this year. Way to go guys!
The 12U team was led offensively with 11 of the 14 players getting at least one hit over the three games. The offensive leaders were Nick Iadevaio, whose bat was on fire. He hit .715 over the three games, followed by Michael Conte, Sean Sweeney Matt Lafaye and John Clancy, who all batted .500 over the three-game span.
The defense was led by Matt Eisen, Fred Ondris, James Gerstner and Stephen Bohner, who all played well in the field.
The MAA would also like to congratulate all the Hurricane teams for their outstanding success and achievements attained in the Port Washington tournament. Mineola baseball has an outstanding future in the years ahead.
If you know or see any of these players, congratulate them on their accomplishments and on the professional manner in which they conducted themselves while playing baseball and representing the MAA and the Village of Mineola.