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No-hit pitching by Alexis Namit and Nicole Epstein led the David Weprin Rockies Glen Oaks Major girls softball team to an opening game, 16-6 victory at the Glen Oaks Oval, April 19. Namit also contributed two hits and scored two runs and Epstein scored a run against Port Washington No. 2. Catcher and clean-up hitter Marisa Bearak’s clutch two-out opposite field double drove in the first David Weprin Rockies run on the season. Bearak came home on Tara McCullagh’s two-run triple, also driving in Lorey Giblin to even the scored at 3-3.

Michelle Asciote, who scored two runs, drove in Lizzie DiGangi to even the score in the bottom of the second and Theresa Pullo followed to drive in Elana Glowatz to put the David Weprin Rockies ahead for good. Lauren Glowatz and Jessica Gauthier followed with two-run singles to cap a six-run inning. Gauthier and McCullagh led the Rockies with three RBIs each.

Lead-off hitter Jennifer Francis, who contributed two hits, a steal and scored a run, also participated in one of the highlight fielding plays when she took a strong throw to first from Lauren Glowatz in right field, who turned a base hit into an out, saving the no-hitter. Jillian Meyer drove in a run and caught two innings. Divya Akula scored the sixth David Weprin Rockies run and Lauren Epstein reached based both times up. Namit struck out five, but walked 13 over three innings and Epstein recorded her one strikeout to end the darkness-shortened game. Theresa earned the game ball turning two unassisted plays at first in the last Port Washington at-bat.

The M&M Deli Cardinals had a tough week, losing two close games to Ralph’s Ices Yankees by the scores of 9-8 and 3-1. In between the two loses, the Cardinals defeated a scrappy Met Food Mets, 16-8. The Cards are now 2-2-1. Steven Velez picked up the win against the Mets. The leading hitters for the Cardinals for the week were Michael Osorio, who tripled, Harrison Schneider, who homered and singled, John Fauth, who singled, doubled and hit a three-run homer, Greg Conway, who had two singles and five walks, Ray Potestio, who had single, and Brian Biscotti, who had three singles and a double. The season stays busy for the boys as they play three games again this week.

The Glen Belle Car Service Royals played their second game of the Farm season against the North Shore Towers Expos. The Royals continue to surprise everyone with their ever improving defense and hitting. The hitting stars of the week for the Royals were Nicholas Frangella, Randolph Herbert, Blaise Christoforatas, Jason Flaxman and Steven Pelan, who all had three hits, and Billy Hannigan, Danny Graham, Christian Graddick and Kaitlyn Biscotti, who all had four hits. Michael Kelly played an excellent defensive game.

The 13- and 14-year-old Glen Oaks Chase Manhattan Bank Dodgers improved their record to 4-0 with a 5-4 victory over their chief rivals, the Glen Oaks Astoria Federal Astros

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The game featured excellent pitching from both the Dodgers’ Adam Yager and Astros’ Todd Green. The Dodgers were paced by clutch hitting from Jonathan Ganesh, Adam Potash and Stephen Gold. Matt Carneiro and Josh Frost also contributed to the victory. David Chapman, Gabby Hernandez, Tim Olwell and Todd Green led the Astros.

Nick & Maggie’s Braves edged the White Sox, 9-8. Jon Dupuy, Vladimir David and Gabe Gomez had the big hits as the Braves held off a late inning rally by the Sox to pick up their third win. Joey Feisel earned a game ball for driving in the tying run in his first International League game. Brian Louie and Josh Snider scored the tying and winning runs for Nick & Maggie’s. Arnab Mitra and Tyler Brodney made sparkling plays in the outfield to take extra base hits away from the Sox. Jon Dupuy and Mike Kaplan shared the pitching duties for the Braves. The Sox had scored six runs in their half of the fifth inning to take an 8-7 lead, as Joey Carabello, Justin Namit and Scott Gandesequi had the big hits. In the sixth inning, the Sox’s Mike L. stroked a triple, but was cut down at the plate trying to score the tying run. Jeremy Goldberg, Jon Louie and James Villaruel also contributed to the Braves’ team effort.

Nick & Maggie’s Braves pounded the Indians to pick up the team’s fourth win. Jeremy Goldberg dreamed of hitting a home run as he slept on Friday night and in his first at bat on Saturday morning he homered deep into the gap in left-center to give the Braves a 1-0 lead and earn a game ball. The Indians belted several hits in the home half of the first inning to jump out to a 5-1 lead. Adam Alcamo, Leroy Herbert, Justin and Patrick scored in front of Joey’s home run to center field. Herbert also scored again in the second to give the Indians a 6-2 lead. The Braves exploded for nine runs in the third inning, as Gabe Gomez doubled and Mike Kaplan, Arnab Mitra, Tyler Brodney, Jon Louie and Joey Feisel each stroked base hits. The hit parade continued in the fourth inning, as Peter Yacoub singled, as did Dupuy and Gomez to score three more runs. In the fifth inning, Jon Louie blasted a home run to the right-center field gap to drive in a pair of runs. Josh Snider hit the ball hard twice, but was robbed of hits by the Indians’ fine defensive play. Vladimir David and Brian Louie also contributed to the winning effort. The win improved the Braves record to 4-1.

In one of the most exciting games of the season, there was a pitching duel won by Joey Carabello of the White Sox. Carabello pitched a no hitter and the Devil Rays’ Anthony Meo gave up only two hits. One of those hits was a convincing home run by Alex Reinharz in the bottom of the sixth inning. There was a total of 32 strikeouts in the game.

In a nice gesture by White Sox managers Mark Gandadequi and Hector Carabello, they gave their game ball to Anthony Meo of the Devil Rays. It was shame that someone had to lose this game. It was a very exciting game and one that will be remembered for a long time.

On Saturday, April 28, the Gary Spitz Tigers took on the Marcellas Pizza Orioles. The Orioles jumped out to an early 6-1 lead with some timely hitting by Kelly, Joey Schaffer and Peter Beradi. The big blow a bases-loaded triple off the bat of Maham.

The Tigers, however, kept their heads up and answered right back with six runs in the second with the big blow being Robert Li's first home run to give the Tigers a 7-6 lead.

Jonathan Kruczowy took the game into his own hands for the Tigers coming in for starting pitcher and brother Matt Kruczowy. Jon K pitched five innings, giving up only one run and 13 strikeouts. John Barbari had another great day at the plate with two hits and his first home run of the season. Mike Costanza hit well, along with Pavan Parik and Patrick Florian. Great team effort and sportsmanship dictated this game, as both teams played a great game.

Modell's White Sox 3, North Fork Indians 2. In another exciting game, the Modell's White Sox defeated the North Fork Indians in extra inning. Alex Reinharz pitched a brilliant game, going six innings for the victory, and WilI Opatow pitched a perfect seventh inning for the save. Joey Careballo scored the winning run, leading off the seventh inning got a single and later scoring on an infield hit by Justin Nemit.

In a rematch of opening day, Joey Caraballo and Anthony Meo hooked up in a pitching duel for six heart-stopping innings. Both pitchers fanned 17 batters each. Carabello was coming from a 16-strike out complete game in his last start, pitching a no hitter that gave the White Sox a 1-0 victory. The only run of the game was scored in the bottom of the last inning when Alex Reinharz hit the game-winning home run. The Modell’s White Sox dedicated this game to their sponsor, Michael Modell , who died that afternoon after a long battle with cancer. “This one is for you Michael” said Hector Caraballo, coach of the White Sox team.

On Sunday, the Gary Spitz Tigers played host to the Floral Park Homes Twins. This Game was an awesome display of fielding and hitting by the Twins. The Twins pounded out 12 hits in this convincing 17-6 victory, including two home runs by Justin Dillan. Mike Laurino pitched a great three innings, along with the Twins’ spectacular defense with plays by Devin, Henry and Chris.

The Tigers tried to make it a game, but the Twins defense was just to much. Highlights for the Tigers include Jonathan Kruczowy’s first home run of the season, while Patrick Florian added two more home runs. Samuel Hoffman and Tilak Shah pitched well. Adam Spitz, Mike Costanza and Ryan Persaud also hit very well. Matt Kruczowy said The TWINS showed excellent sportsmanship by not rubbing in the final score.

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