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Glendale Diner Devils win RGMVM L.L. softball crown

The Glendale Diner Devils took on the AJ Roofers for the RGMVM Senior Softball Championship. In game one the Diner Devils handed the ball to windmill pitcher Sammy Stallone, who threw nothing but strikes and used her gold glove defense behind her to make all the right moves. Making some great plays were Bonnie Defina in center field, Michele Esposito at third and Lauren Ferenc at short.

Not to be outdone were catchers Kristen Ciccone and Terese Postel. The Diner Devils offense got going early and often, breaking the game open behind the hard hitting of Brooke DiMarco, Dannie Amato, Michele Esposito, Krystil Hofmann and Andrea Morscher.

The Devils took game one going away. In game two of the Senior League action, the Diner Devils handed the ball to windmiller Lynn Schiano, who came out smoking. Lynn fired a lightning-quick fastball over the first three innings, keeping the roofers off balance.

The Diner Devils offense got rolling early and often, jumping out to a quick lead with everyone joining in and contributing to the offense. In the fourth the Devils handed the ball to young windmiller Krystil Hofmann, who seal the deal in closing out a great season for the girls of summer. The Seltzer was flowing and the celebration was in full swing.

Congratulations to all the Devils on another great season.

The 8-Year-Old “Bulldog” Travel Team

Bulldogs 21, BBYO 3. The sun was scorching on a sunny evening at Bergen beach. The Bulldogs of RGMVM faced the Cougars in Federation league action. The dogs got off to a rocky start behind starter Robbie Hofmann, but relief pitcher Chris Piteo righted the ship and struck out the side. The dogs then broke out the lumber and got the offense going, scoring early and often. Getting it done for the Dog Pound offense were Chris Piteo (2-3), John Codelia (2-3), Robbie Hofmann (2-2), Mike Guglielmi (3-3), Brett Buser (2-2), Brian Torres (1-2) and Johnny Murphy (2-2).

Yes, there was a Moose sighting. The Moose, Matt Hofmann, jumped from the bench to steal a couple of bases during the game. Chris Flaim stole four more bases on the day as he continues to be a terror on the base paths. Not to be lost in the game was the fine pitching performance by right-hander Bryan Torres, who pitched two solid innings, striking out six batters along the way to the victory. Great job.

Bulldogs clinch Federation title

Bulldogs 19, Good Shepherd 10. The Sun was shining over Brooklyn’s beautiful Marine Park as the Bulldogs faced off against Good Shepherd. The Bulldogs sent young right-handed pitcher Bryan Torres to the mound for the start. He ran into some rocky road and was relieved by Matt Fox, who limited the opposition’s rally with a sharp fastball.

Matt held the opposition’s offense at bay in the second and third innings, giving the Bulldog offense a chance to wake up from their slumber and get going with the lumber.

The lumber company finally got going, scoring 19 runs over the next four innings to jump out in front. Getting it done for the Bulldog offense were Mike Guglielmi (2-3, double, grand slam, five RBIs), Ricky Fleri (3-4, two triples, five RBIs), Robbie Hofmann (3-4, triple, home run, four RBIs) and Matt Fox (2-3, double, two RBIs).

The Bulldogs then turned the lead over to their young closer, Robbie Hofmann. Young Hofmann battled a tight strike zone and wiggled out of a couple of tight jams to slam the door on another Bulldog victory. With the victory, the Bulldogs improved to 16-0 and clinched first place in the Brooklyn Marine Park Federation League.

Congratulations to all the players, coaches and dedicated parents for all their support.

Bulldogs beat the Brooklyn Bonnies, again, to go 18-0

Bulldogs 12, Brooklyn Bonnies 3. Once again the Bulldogs were heading to Gil Hodges field in Brooklyn for a matchup with the Brooklyn Bonnies. The Bulldogs were heading in via train, planes and automobiles. The dogs jumped out early in the first behind clutch hitting from Brett Buser, Nick Lante and Jonathon Murphy.

The pitching duty went to crafty right-hander Matt Fox, who kept the opposing hitters off balance with his arsenal of slippery pitches. Matt fired three excellent innings, leaving with a 6-3 lead and getting the victory.

The dogs strung together multiple hits in the fourth and fifth to break the game open. Doing the hard hitting for the Bulldogs were Brett Buser (3-3), Chris Piteo (2-3), Nick Lante (2-3) and Johnny Murphy (1-3).

The Dogs handed the ball to Chris Piteo in the last three innings. He threw a barrage of fastballs to close out the game, striking out seven batters along the way.

With the victory, the Bulldogs have improved to an impressive 18-0 on the season.

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