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MAA Athletic News: May 15, 2012

MAA Soccer

Mineola Red Tops Mineola White

Christina Hefele, usually a stand-out player on defense, turned in a strong offensive performance, scoring her first two career goals as the Mineola White topped the Red 6-1 at Wilson Park on April 28. Jenna Anderson contributed her first goal of the season off a terrific, hard shot.

Emily Kille added a goal and Kerriann Zappalla also scored for the White. Emily Marotta scored for the Red who struggled all game against solid goalkeeping from Melissa Pereira.

Mighty Win For Mineola BU8

Brian Heckelman’s long and accurate lead pass sent Liam Russelman racing towards goal where he calmly drove a hard, low shot into the corner of the goal to give the Mineola Mighty a 2-1 victory over SABA on May 5. Heckelman had scored the first goal of the game, drilling home a shot after a goalmouth scramble.

Jason Touma’s fantastic play led to that goal, after he deftly eluded two defenders and crossed the ball to Heckelman. Andrew Pizzardi provided solid goalkeeping for Mineola, and Dominic Fereira, Touma, Peter Murphy and Luke Sommese played solid defense all game.

MAA Baseball

Minors Division
Diamondbacks Win Again

Tristan Dougherty’s three innings of 1-hit pitching and Wyatt Davis’ two scoreless innings in relief paced the Diamondbacks in their 6-1 win over the Orioles on April 25. James Medved made a nice catch in left field for the D-Backs, stopping the Orioles with the bases loaded. Key hits by Patrick Mavrakis and Brent Muessig got the tie-breaking rally started for the first place Diamondbacks.

Orioles Tame Tigers

The Orioles outscored a tough Tigers team to win 8-3 on April 28. Vincent Othman and Sean Fraccalvieri pitched two strong innings each for the Orioles, each striking out six Tigers. Othman also hit a homerun.

Ryan Loughlin went 2-for-2 with a triple and two walks and pitched two innings while striking out five. Nick Limazopoulos hit a double and triple and had three RBI’s.

Tino Frey and Joseph Franzini both stole home to round out the scoring.  Jason Touma pitched well for the Tigers.

Diamondbacks Hold Off Cardinals

The Diamondbacks received terrific starting pitching from James Medved and survived a late rally to beat the Cardinals 10-8 on April 28. Wyatt David and Nicholas Ramos both contributed key hits for the D-Backs and David ended the game with a solid defensive play off a hard hit ball by Zach Buongiovanni with the tying run on second.  The Cardinals William Winski had two sparkling defensive plays, turning a hard hit liner into an unassisted double play and later making a leaping, stretching catch on a ball destined for the outfield.

Cards Fly Past Orioles

Two five-run innings fueled the Cardinals offense in their 13-7 victory over the Orioles.  William Winski homered, Jimmy Tighe doubled and Dennis Peitler’s two hit-by-pitch at-bats and two-run single led the Cardinals on May 1. Zach Buongiovanni starred on the mound, as did Tighe.

Matthew Cobos contri-buted two good plays in the field to stall the Orioles, who were led at the plate by Sean Fraccalvieri, Stephen Collica and Joey Franzini. Collica’s solid pitching performance kept the game close in the early innings, before the Cardinals rallied.

Majors Division
Diamondbacks Top Athletics In Great Pitching Duel

The Diamondbacks (sponsored by Dominick’s Deli) defeated the Athletics (sponsored by Mineola Family Cuts) in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel on May 3.  The majors’ division contest featured fantastic pitching by the Diamondbacks’ Robert Egan, Nicky Dos Santos and Tyge Duffy, who closed the game and earned the save.

They were matched by the great pitching of the Athletics’ Kevin Lavrado and Jack Dwyer. Brian Camacho had a big lead-off hit in the third inning, eventually coming around to score the D-Backs winning run after being moved over to third base by Christian Duarte’s hit to the right side.

Mark Anderson had a big double to the fence in left field. Dan Braster, Brian Poshka and Kevin Roach all contributed hits for the As. The game featured solid defensive plays-Mark Anderson recorded a put-out in the outfield, Richie Whigham was strong at shortstop and John Venus was again steady at first base for the D-Backs while Marc Giordano had an outstanding catch in centerfield to save a run for the A’s and Anthony Raziano made a backhand stop at first to save another run.

Picano’s Walk-Off Homer Wins It For Marlins

The Marlins (sponsored by Jericho Terrace) defeated the Diamondbacks in a 5-4 majors division game on April 28. The Marlins enjoyed strong pitching from Alex Antoniello, Joe Lubrano and Chris Wiercinski.  Nicky Dos Santos and Joe Kern led the pitching efforts for the Diamondbacks.

Anthony Picano paced the Marlins offense with two RBI’s including the game winner on a walk-off, inside-the-park home run. Jason Eccher and Jake Fraher also had an RBI each with Ryan Sellinger contributing a hit.

For the Diamondbacks, Kevin Perlow, Rob Egan and John Venus contributed RBIs with Sebastian Posillico also contributing a hit. Alex Antoniello had several key put-outs in the outfield while Anthony Kraus played a strong third base for the Marlins.  The Diamondbacks defense was led by Brian Camacho’s strong second base and Kevin Perlow’s solid outfield coverage.