Each and every little leaguer has heard the old adage, “There is no ‘I’ in team.” Coaches and parents preach that line every chance they get, but that doesn’t mean individual accomplishments should be ignored.
Bayside little leaguer Joseph Prisco had one of those games worth noticing. The versatile player for Send in the Clowns was stellar at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a home run, while pitching three strong innings with six strikeouts in relief. Send in the Clowns defeated M&G Pizzeria, 19-3, improving their record to 9-8 as they fight for first place in their division. Shortstop Antonio Gerbino also contributed with spectacular plays in the field.
In other little league action, Flushing Christian School got some eye-popping pitching from Savvas Papadopoulos, but was defeated by Three of Cups, 6-1. Papadopoulos took the mound and pitched four solid innings, striking out 12 while only allowing two walks and four hits. The big blow came off the bat of Nicholas Perez, who smashed a grand slam in the fifth inning. Another home run came off the bat of Justin Paz, while relievers Elias Andriopoulos and Alex Stanek held the Flushing bats in check.
American Office Interiors also took on Cups – and also came up short, 3-0. Dominic Damiano struck out six Cups for Interiors, but it wasn’t enough as John Callahan and Michael Hom stared for the Cups.
It was East vs. West in the All-Star game for 8-year-olds on Saturday, June 18. The East grabbed victory over the West, 12-6, but the real story was the fellowship among players from both sides.