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Glen Oaks L.L.: Ralph’s Ice Yankees win extra-inning thriller

The Ralph’s Ice Yankees and the M & M Deli Cardinals hooked up in an exciting second round Boys’ Major Division playoff game on Saturday, June 16.

With the Yankees facing elimination, the two teams slugged it out for the first four innings after which the Cardinals led 13-11 behind ace pitcher Gregory Conway, who also had three hits on the day, Charles David’s three-run homer and double and Raymond Potestio’s RBI-hit. The Yankees’ early hitting stars were Frankie Sadicario and Pervez Khan, who each homered, and Kevin Salcedo, who had two two-out base hits which drove in four runs.

The game settled down at that point with the teams battling to a 14-14 tie at the end of six regulation innings. Amit Kumar, Brian Kelleher and Eric Schmuel each had a hit as the Yankees fought back to tie. The game remained tied until the top of the eighth inning, when the Cards jumped ahead as Brian Biscotti singled and was driven home by Ryan Paroulek’s second hit of the day. Yankees’ relief pitcher Kevin Khemraj was able to hold the Cards to one run by getting the last out while stranding two runners on base.

Things looked bleak for the Yanks in the bottom of the eighth when the first two batters struck out. But then lightning struck twice. Frankie Sadicario tied the game with his fourth hit and second home run, immediately followed by a towering, game-winning home run off the bat of Chris Lemelle to give the Yanks a 16-15 victory.

These same two teams met again on Monday June 18, with the winner advancing to meet the Andron Century 21 Pirates for the Majors Division championship.

David Weprin Rockies stay unbeaten, win first round playoff game

The David Weprin Rockies Glen Oaks Girls Major Division (11 and 12 year-old) softball team continued their winning ways last Wednesday, June 13, at the Glen Oaks Oval. After going 12-0 for a first place seed in the Merillon Softball League, the David Weprin Rockies held off Port Washington 2, 9-8, to advance to the semifinals. The David Weprin Rockies, down 6-1 through three and one-half innings, scored five runs to tie the game in the home fourth inning and two the next inning for the lead. Port Washington scored two runs on a two-out single, but the David Weprin Rockies came right back to score the game-winning run with one out on a bases-loaded single.

Lorey Giblin and Jessica Gauthier each had two hits, with Gauthier driving home Giblin for her second RBI of the game with her game-wining hit. Giblin added a home run and scored three runs in all. Nicole Epstein and Alexis Namit each scored a run and drove in two. Jennifer Francis scored two runs and Tara McCullagh, starting and finishing at third base and catching the second through fourth innings, added a run scored and one RBI. Divya Akula pitched a scoreless first inning to starting catcher Marisa Bearak, who also caught Nicole Epstein and her five strike outs over the final two innings. Francis pitched the second through fourth innings.

Lauren Epstein added a single and Lauren Glowatz and Theresa Pullo each reached base. Michele Asciote also played well. Lizzie DiGangi and Elana Glowatz were not able to play.

If the David Weprin Rockies get through Merillon 1 on Wednesday, June 20, the Glen Oaks Little League team will host the final playoff either June 22, 23, or 24 at the Oval.

Dodgers, Astros battle it out for title

While the Mets and Yankees had their Subway Series, two 13- and 14-year-old Glen Oaks teams, the Dodgers and Astros, had their own rivalry to determine the Eastern Champion of the United Queens Baseball League. The 11-1 Dodgers were clearly the favorites over the 6-6 Astros.

The Astros, however, surprised the Dodgers with a 10-9 victory, paced by strong hitting from Gabby Hernandez, who singled, doubled and tripled and had three RBIs. Todd Greene had three singles and a walk and two RBIs and David Chapman singled and walked twice.

The Dodgers attack was led by Stephen Gold and his two singles and three RBIs, Matt Carneiro’s single, double and two RBIs, Adam Yager's single, double and two runs scored, Kurt Nicoll’s four walks and Rony Abraham’s two-RBI double.

The lead went back and forth four times until the Astros took the lead for good in the last inning and held on for the victory.

The Astros now open a best-of-three series against the Western Champs from College Point.

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