Playing without some key team members, the Century 21 Laffey Pirates surprised the Modell’s Lions Saturday morning, playing good defense and taking advantage of several mistakes by the Lions in the field.
The Lions scored early in the game with three runs in the first against Pirates’ starter Chris Mignoli, who walked Michael Labrada and Joey Caraballo, setting up Stephen Leccese’s homer to left.
The Lions got some solid pitching from their starter, Anthony Meo, who kept the Pirates scoreless for the first two innings. In the third, two consecutive errors made by the Lions’ defense, a walk and another error, gave the Pirates a 4-3 advantage.
The Lions’ bats went quietly the rest of the game and never got their heavy artillery cranked up. Steven Trummer relieved Meo in the fourth but was also a victim of some shaky defensive play, as the Pirates scored two more in the fifth and another in the sixth to put the game away.
It was the second loss for the Lions, who were left in second place with a 3-2 record. the Pirates improved to 3-3 with the win.
Greg’s Tire and Auto rolls into top spot
The Greg’s Tire and Auto Mets defeated the Century 21 Andron Yankees this past week to put the Mets in a tie for first place.
The Mets had their hitting shoes on as they banged out 16 hits. Mike Costanza had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and his first home run of this season.
Jonathon Kruczowy continued his hot hitting, getting the game-winning hit and also going 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored. He also got his first win of the year with a strong pitching performance giving up three runs in four.
Modell’s Lions move into first place
The Modell’s Lions jumped on the Kids Incorporated Astros starter, Sam Hoffman, in the very first inning when they scored two runs thanks to a single by Joey Caraballo. After a walk to Michael Levy, Darryl Boston doubled, scoring Caraballo. Stephen Leccese ripped an RBI double to left, scoring Boston with the Lions’ second run.
Caraballo, who started for the Lions, had an easy first two innings, striking out five Astros before things got interesting in the Astros third when they scored three runs on a misplayed ball on a line drive from Jonathan Louie. Walks to Alex Reinharz and Joey Bobrow and an error let the Astros take a 3-2 lead.
The Lions came right back in their half with two runs. Boston walked, Levy hit a triple to right, and an RBI single by Meo brought home Levy to give the Lions a 4-3 advantage.
The Astros battled back with two runs in the fourth on an error, walks to Justin Namit and Vivin Mathew and a wild pitch. The Lions then scored two runs in the fifth on a triple by Boston, who scored on a throw to third, tying the game at 5-5. Leccese then singled, stole second and third and scored on a ground out by Joseph Feisel, giving the Lions a one-run lead.
Caraballo got the Astros out in order to end the game, as the Lions moved into first place in the Major Division.
Marcella’s Pizza A’s top Kids Incorporated Astros
In an old-fashioned pitching duel, the Astros lost to the A’s, 2-1. Adam Alcamo and Justin Dillon combined to shut down the Astros, while Randall Ramnarian struck out 13 A’s. The teams are now even at 1-1.
Long Island Tomahawks tame Tigers
The L.I. Tomahawks Braves improved their record to 3-2-1 with an 11-4 victory over the Tigers. Patrick Quinlan pitched a complete game and was helped by some fine fielding plays — including a game-ending unassisted double play — by shortstop Richie Fabella.
A couple of Braves emerged from their slumps, as Justin Sackel went 3-for-3 and David Simmons had a hit and two walks. Louis Salzberg called a good game behind the plate and went 2-for-4.
Beep America sweeps United Queens 2
The Senior Division Glen Oaks Beep America White Sox swept a doubleheader from United Queens 2, winning 11-10 in the first game and 10-0 in the second.
Glen Oaks trailed most of the first game, but battled back behind the clutch hitting from James Ferreira and Mike Albarella. Todd Green pitched a great game, allowing just five hits and striking out 16. David Chapman pitched the seventh to record the save.
In the second, Albarella pitched the shutout and had a three-run homer. Adam Yager, Tim Olwell and Jon Dilan also contributed big hits to the victory. The White Sox are now 3-1.
Burger King Phillies tie Mineola, best New Hyde Park 1
The Glen Oaks Burger King Phillies played two games last week, tying Mineola, 7-7, and defeating New Hyde Park 1, 8-7.
The Phillies used three pitchers against Mineola, Julia Hannigan, Jessie Olwell and Rita Romeo. The offensive attack was led by Theodora Alexandrou, Kaitlin Smolen, Sara Correa and Romeo, who had two hits apiece.
Against NHP, the Phillies sent Smolen to the mound and Romeo came on in relief to close out the victory. A big defensive play in the first inning by the Phillies set the tone for the game.
With one out and a runner on third, Smolen induced the NHP’s No. 3 hitter to pop out to her before throwing a strike to third base and doubling off the runner to end the threat. Smolen also led the offensive with three hits, Christina Fristachi and Romeo had two hits each and Shannon Leisner, Nicole Guglielmetti, Angela George, Hannigan and Correa chipped in with a hit apiece.
Hillside Paint Depot Angels start season 1-2
The Hillside Paint Depot Angels opened their season with one win and two losses. The Angels defeated the Glen Oaks Mariners 9-7 in an exciting game and then dropped two games to College Point.
Against the Mariners, the Angels jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead and then hung on to win, 9-7. Jay Hausdorf started for the Angels and threw three scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out five. John Diniscia came on in relief and struggled with his control, but Ray Potestio came in to strike out the final batter with the bases loaded to end the game.
The Angels’ offensive was supplied by Potestio with two hits, while Anthony Civitano, Brian Biscotti, Pervez Khan, Diniscia and Steven Figueroa all added a hit to the attack. The hitting stars for the Mariners were Shawn Abraham with two hits, while both Kevin Cheddie and Ryan Paroulek singled.
In the two College Point games, the Angels struggled offensively and defensively. In one game, Khan allowed one earned run on three hits while striking out five. In the second game, Biscotti allowed four unearned runs on five hits and seven strikeouts. Diniscia closed out the last three innings of the second game, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out three.
The offense for the Angels in the two games consisted of a Hausdorf double and singles by Civitano, Diniscia, Potestio and Figueroa.
Joe’s Pizza Cyclones hold off Ralph’s Ices Indians, 8-7
The Joe’s Pizza Cyclones jumped out to an early 6-0 lead as they belted out six hits, including home runs by Trevor Stark and James Wolfin. The Indians fought back in the second and third innings with key hits by Brian Pabon, Matt Laurino, George DeMarco and Brittney. Blake Cholost tripled and scored on an error to plate two more Cyclone runs in the third.
Cholost came on in relief of Stark and shut the door on the Indians the rest of the way. Patrick Kelleher scored a home run to bring the Indians within a run in the fifth, marking the first earned run allowed by Cholost this season. Cholost was awarded the game ball for his game-saving relief.
With the Indians threatening to tie the game in their final at bat, Cyclones’ catcher Joey Shafer gunned down the tying run trying to steal third.
Steven Pelan and Danny Graham were on base twice each via walks and scored a run each. Scott Carey, Rahul Kadakia and Jaskirat Singh each singled as part of the Cyclones’ attack.
Joe’s Pizza Cyclones ground Orioles, 12-4
The Joe’s Pizza Cyclones maintained a share of first place with their 12-4 beating of the Orioles at the Glen Oaks Oval last Tuesday. Once again, the Cyclones jumped out to an early lead as they exploded for six runs in the first inning.
A lead-off walk by Pelan and base hits by Rohan Shah, Cholost, Stark and Kadakia helped the Cyclones grab the early lead. Matthew Dykeman also drove a run in the first with an RBI grounder.
Jeremy Clark came on in relief for the Orioles and shut the Cyclones down until the fifth, when Shah beat out a bunt single, Wolfin doubled and Shafer followed with a three-run homer. Dykeman, Jazz Singh and Billy Hannigan scored the final three Cyclones’ runs.
King Bear Rockies finish week 1-2
The King Bear Rockies went 1-2 this week against Port Washington 2. On Tuesday night the Rockies won, 10-4, behind the pitching of Ashley Doran and Ellie Alejandro, supported by ToniAnn Groth and Maria Augustine behind the plate.
The Rockies were up 10 in the second inning, thanks to the hitting of Jessi Lapidus, Alicia Florio, Jesenia Dupuy, Groth, Nicolette Pullo and Maria Vessia.
Sunday’s game saw Port Washington 2 jump to a 7-1 lead by the second inning, but the Rockies started to recover in the third, scoring six runs with big hits by Florio, Dupuy, Nicole Ficarrotta, Alejandro, Doran and Pullo.
Augustine stole home in the fourth with the bases loaded for the Rockies, but Port Washington continued its assault, winning, 18-16.