Bayside L.L.: Bayside 12s lose in semifinals in Kent, N.Y.

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A team of 12-year-old Little Leaguers from Bayside played this past Memorial Day Weekend in a USSSA Tournament held May 24 through 27 in Kent, N.Y., sponsored by Diamond Pros. Bayside reached the semifinals before losing a 1-0 heartbreaker to the Carmel Cubs on Sunday. The team, managed by Doug Rowen, finished the weekend 3-2 as the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

In the team’s opener, an 8-0 win over the Garden City Bombers, Spiros Cominos pitched five innings and struck out seven for the shutout win. Hitting stars included Mike Biordi (2-for-4, double), George Rowen (1-for-2, two RBIs) and Anthony Zupnick (1-for-2, double and one RBI).

Game two featured more of the same, as Bayside won 6-2 over the hometown host Kent White Sox. Pitcher Andrew Parraga struck out five in six innings on the mound and went 2-for-2 at the plate while driving in two RBIs. Ricky Strauss (1-for-1) also had an RBI and a double and strong defensive play was turned in by catcher Pete Scianna and second baseman Sam Koenig in the victory.

The Carmel Cubs handed Bayside its first loss on Saturday afternoon in a 3-0 defeat. Nicky Ryan, Strauss, Cominos and Zupnick would all tally hits but couldn’t give pitcher Rowen any run support in the loss.

Finally, Sunday brought single elimination and in their first game Bayside got all the runs they needed in the first inning of a 5-3 win over the Whitestone Eagles. Chris Hamm (2-for-3) got the win, striking out six to go the distance. Chris Paruch was 1-for-2 with two RBIs on offense and Julius Wells made two diving catches in left field to save the game. Whitestone was led by the combined pitching of Joey Marden (three shutout innings) and George Ynoa, while Matt Valle led a three-run rally in the sixth inning with a double and two RBIs.

In the nightcap of the double-header, Bayside would be officially eliminated from the tournament, falling to Carmel again, 1-0. Paruch would pitch a two-hitter, but again Bayside’s bats fell silent, as Carmel forced across a run in the top of the sixth inning for the victory. Biordi and Zupnick would have the only hits for Bayside in their final game.

PeeWee Division

Prava Construction vs. A&G Walter Filter. Prava Construction battled all game with key hits by Drew Palmer and great glove by Jacob Caciola. A&G had a total team effort, with every player getting a hit.

MTM Carpentry vs. Padavan's Paragons. Micheal Ilya hit ball right on then money and also showed some impressive base running skills. Teammate Joseph Rivera crushed a shot into deep right field, driving in a RBI. Every player on Padavan’s had a hand in a great team effort game.

Anna Marie’s Bagel’s vs. Tiger Schulmann’s Karate. Tiger Schulmann played a terrific game with everyone contributing, Joe Decanio and Liam Fitzpatrick were the defensive stars for Anna Marie’s, with both flashing gold gloves in the infield and outfield, respectively. John and Steve Karlya were the batting stars with two big hits a piece.

Texas Division

Monahan & Fitzgerald’s 10, Mittman’s Medics 6. In a very exciting game, Monahan & Fitzgerald’s hit three home runs, two by Andrew Schindler, who drove in four runs in the game, and one by Kevin Durkan, who also combined with Danny Finn to throw six excellent innings while striking out 12 batters. Jonathan Lattanzio had a big hit and drove in a run and Joseph Jensen contributed with three RBIs. Mittman’s squad was led by Nicholas Rodriguez, who hit two home runs and drove in five runs, Jamie Skala, who also hit a home run, and by Dominic Formato, who struck out six in three innings.

Biordi Construction 9, Applebee’s of Bayside 3. Biordi Construction had 12 hits in a 9-3 victory over Applebee’s of Bayside. The offensive surge was led by Frankie Biordi (3-for-3), who hit two home runs and drove in four RBIs, Thomas Karcinski (3-for-3) had two triples and two RBIs, Anthony Scianna (2-for-2, two runs scored), Joey McManus (2-for-3, one RBI) and Sam Rowen (2-for-3, two RBIs). Great pitching from Nicky Macchia and Biordi combined on a three-hitter to key the win. Applebee’s of Bayside sprinted to a 3-1 lead after 2 1/2 innings, led by the strong pitching and hitting of Julien Muchuca (2-for-4, two RBIs) and Chris Butti (1-for-3, double).

Minor Division

Starlight upends Lloyds again. Starlight Catering defeated Lloyd’s for the second time in a week by the score of 10-4. Giacomo Grasso started a six-run rally in the fifth inning by drawing a two-out walk. John Wynne put on a show at second base, making play after play in the field. Nick DelGaudio also did some damage by hitting a bases-clearing double to close the rally. Alex Robinson pitched a fearless four innings for the victory. For Lloyd’s, John Listner was a solid performer in the field, making some gold glove moves at second base.

Starlight turns off the Sprinklers. Led by the pitching of Michael Guzowski, Starlight Catering reeled off its fifth straight win with a 7-3 victory over Pacific Lawn Sprinkler. Benson Cheng had a clutch two-run single in the fourth inning to break the game open. Justis Bosco went 3-for-3 and scored two runs. For the Lawnboys, Daniel Wagner came through to get on base twice to set the tables for his team and Michael Billik stopped a sure home run by tracking down a hard-hit ball and keeping the batter to a double.

Starlight tops Meric Law. Tony Pristos drove in two runs in the decisive third inning for Starlight, as they won beat Meric Law, 11-3. Ian Tully had a fine day on the base paths and was solid in the outfield. Meric was led by Petros Skaliarinis, who reached every time he was up in the game.

Major Division

Bell Bay Florist 16, Party City 9. Bell Bay’s Marc Buccellato hit two home runs, picking up five RBIs in this high-scoring shootout against Party City. Marc now has three home runs on the year. Marc’s teammate Joe Kurtz had his pitching debut, while veteran pitcher Julius Well was called on to stop Party City’s late-inning rally.

Party City 10, Bell Bay Florist 1. In the second game of a twilight double-header, Party City shut down a potent Bell Bay team to end the night with a split. The hitting barrage for Party City was lead by Brian Conway with two doubles, Sam Koenig had two doubles and a single and Cal Sternick had two doubles and a single. Michael Mc Manus doubled in the lone run for Bell Bay.

Biordi Construction 7, V.I. Pizza 1. Biordi’s Larry Mongelli caught a hard-hit line drive off the bat of Nicky Copelli in right field. Biordi’s Spiros Cominos picked up his third victory on the mound, and his third home run of the season, while teammate Matt Valle added a third home run to his season total. The big offensive news for Biordi came in the person of Zach Zizelis, who went 2-for-3 on the day, smacking a triple with the bases loaded. Biordi’s George Rowen appeared on the mound late in the game, striking out four of the six batters he faced. V.I. Pizza’s Giacomo Alomia pitched three scoreless innings against a strong set of batsmen. Andrew Parraga behind the plate threw three men out trying to steal second for V.I. Pizza. He also doubled.

Mardene Construction 7, Printing Express 5. Pete Scianna and Sean Donnelly each went 2-for-3 with two runs scored to lead Mardene Construction to a 7-5 win over Printing Express. Trailing 4-2, Mardene scored three times in the bottom of the third on base hits by Joe Miccio, Donnelly and two doubles by Brian Timmermans and Scianna to take a 5-4 advantage. Joe Mardene got the save on the mound, striking out eight in relief and Vinny Iannece, who went 2-for-2 in the win. Printing Express was led by Chris Hamm, who went 3-for-3, Mike Valente, who was 2-for-2, and Kevin Smith, who went 1-for-4.

V.I. Pizza 5, Mardene Construction 3. Pitcher Andrew Parraga went 2-for-3 and got the win, striking out four to lead V.I. Pizza to a 5-3 victory over Mardene Construction. Chris Kelly (1 for 3), Nick Capelli (1 for 2) and Cody DeMarco (1 for 2) got all the offense V.I. Pizza needed in a five-run third inning for the victory. Shortstop John Apostolo and catcher Pete Scianna went 2-for-3 as bright spots for Mardene Construction, as the team managed just five hits in the loss.

Mardene Construction 6, Brigandi's Barristers 1. John Apostolo and Joey Marden combined to pitch a two-hitter as Mardene Construction made it two straight wins with a 6-1 victory over Brigandi’s Barristers. Mardene catcher Pete Scianna was the hitting star, going 3-for-3 with an RBI, while Apostolo (1-for-2) drove in two RBIs with a double in the third inning. Other offensive stars included Sean Donnelly (1-for-3), Billy Demos (1-for-2, double) and Vinny Iannece (1-for-2) to pace Mardene to victory. Brigandi’s was led by Derek Lamacchia, who went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI, and pitcher Anthony Zupnick, who pitched three strong innings in defeat.

Printing Express 9, Party City 2. Mike Anderson and Joey Schade had three hits a piece to pace the Express. Nicky Ryan and Cal Sternick starred for Party City.

Printing Express 9, VI Pizza 2. Kevin Smith singled with two outs in the fifth to tie the game at 2-2. The Express exploded for seven runs with two outs in the sixth, led by Mike Valente and Vin Randazzo. Nick Cappelli and Chris Kelly and hits for V.I.

Printing Express 5, Valle Tile 0. Chris Hamm and Kevin Holze combined for the shutout and Rob Renzi broke open the game with a two-run double to ldea the Express. Chris Palamero continued his strong play for the Express, while Alon Nisim and Dareen Shiu had two hits each for Valle Tile.

Junior Division

Kelly's Car Service 8, Iannece Law 5. Team defense was the key to Kelly’s victory. Gerard Cash, Frankie Davi, Jimmy Bernard, Steven Albanese and brothers Vinny and Paul Digirolomo all made super plays in the field. Lead-off hitter Joey Monte delivered hits in the first and second innings and Mike Karcinski knocked in a couple of runs. Ryan Toka got two big hits for Iannece Law.

Kelly’s Car Service 8, Murphy’s Florist 4. Sun Kim showed he’s ready to play on the big diamond. Sun powered two monster home runs and pitched four shutout innings to lead Kelly’s to the victory. Keith Newman, Chris Wong, Tom Cheeseman and Frankie Davi had key hits for Kelly’s. Catcher Reny Mazorra put an end to Murphy’s sixth-inning rally, when he hung onto the ball after a scary collision at the plate. Brothers Matt and Joey Bruno kept Murphy’s in the game with Matt at the plate and Joey on the mound.

Kelly’s Car Service 10, Iannece Law 0. Randy Bayron pitched a marvelous one-hit shutout, allowing only one Iannece hitter to reach base. Iannece Law’s Kevin Flannigan broke up Randy’s perfect game with a hard single to center. Kelly’s offense was led by Jimmy Bernard, Sun Kim and Joey Monte, who were on base three times each. Reny Mazorra picked up two RBIs with a clutch double. Chris Wong and Keith Newman displayed fine defense at short and second.

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