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Bayside 9-year-old travel team advances to tourney semifinals

The Bayside 9-year-old All-Star baseball team advanced to this weekend’s semifinals of the Nick Lomangino Tournament at Preller Field with a 5-2 victory over Long Beach Sunday. Bayside was led by the combined pitching efforts of John Paul Kouloutouros (four innings, seven strikeouts) and Jordan Colflesh, who earned the save. The tandem gave up just two hits on the afternoon.

Tom Karcinski (2-for-2, one RBI) and Nicky Burns (1-or-2, one RBI) were the offensive stars in the victory for Bayside. Defensively, catcher Frankie Biordi did a great job behind the plate with help from second baseman Anthony Scianna, centerfielder Joey Pravata and first baseman Dominic Formato, who all made stellar defensive plays to thwart Long Beach scoring opportunities.

Key contributions were also turned in by third baseman Nicky Manetta and outfielders Anthony Witschel, Mike Marden and James Jordan, who all reached base safely in the 5-2 win over Long Beach. Other members of the team include John Aponte, Ryan Paccione and Evan Katz.

Bayside is scheduled to play Saturday at 2 p.m. in the tournament semifinals. The championship round will be played Sunday afternoon. Preller Field is located on Hillside Avenue just a few blocks west of the Cross Island Expressway.

The 9-Year-Old Bayside All-Star Travel Team is managed by Mike Karcinski and assisted by coaches Dominic Scianna, Hans Colflesh, Ben Biordi and Joe Pravata.

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