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Bayside Little League: Bayside 11s fall in Memorial tournament final

The event brought in six teams (Levittown West, New Hyde Park, Manhattan CYO, St. Kevin’s CYO, Bayside 11s and Bayside...

The first annual Bayside Little League Memorial Weekend Tournament was held at Valle East Field in Crocheron Park this past weekend.

The event brought in six teams (Levittown West, New Hyde Park, Manhattan CYO, St. Kevin’s CYO, Bayside 11s and Bayside 10s) for the four-day competition.

In the championship final Sunday evening, Levittown West defeated the Bayside 11s to capture the inaugural title.

The Bayside 11s (nicknamed The Red Devils) opened the tournament last Thursday with a 6-5 win over New Hyde Park.

Joey Pravata was the hitting star going 2-for-2 while turning in a strong pitching performance. Sandy Tomasik’s triple highlighted thE offensive attack along with the speed and defense of centerfielder Nick Palermo.

In round two, the Bayside 11s met Levittown West and played their best game of the tournament in a 13-1 victory. Tom Karcinski, Jordan Colflesh and Pravata combined for the win on the mound but the bats were the real story.

Catcher Anthony Scianna started things off with a double down the left field line and the hit parade continued as Frankie Biordi, John Paul Koulotouros, Ryan Paccione and Dominic Formato (2-for-2) supplied the power needed for the victory.

After a hard-fought 5-1 victory over a pesky Manhattan CYO team with strong pitching from Ryan Magee and key contributions from Frankie Mongelli (two hits), Anthony Witschel and Devin Ferranti, the Bayside 11s (3-0) found themselves atop the leader board as the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

Their first playoff opponent would be against fourth-seeded New Hyde Park. In a nail-biting affair, the Bayside 11s hung on for a 3-2 victory after New Hyde Park scored two runs in the sixth inning to make things interesting.

Pravata turned in another fine outing pitching all six innings to earn the win. John Aponte won the game with his key RBI in the fifth to extend the lead to 3-0 and Tomasik made a key catch in left field to preserve the win.

It was on to the championship final. Second-seeded Levittown West would win the other semifinal game over No. 3 Manhattan CYO by a score of 7-2. The championship would be a rematch of the two top seeds but Levittown West scored six runs in the first two innings in route to a 12-0 victory over the Bayside 11s

Highlights from the tournament includes Bayside 10s Christian Cruz striking out 10 batters against Manhattan CYO in a 7-6 loss in one of the best games of the tournament. The Bayside 10s represented themselves well under coach Bob Klein playing up and sill staying competitive.

Also, Manhattan’s little spark-plug Elias Wacht made stellar play after play at second base to lead his team to the playoffs.

Money raised from the tournament will allow The Bayside 11s, coached by Mike Karcinski, Dominic Scianna and Ben Biordi, to travel to Chicago over the Fourth of July Weekend to play in the CABA Illinois Regional Championships in Lynwood, Illinois.

Pee Wee Division

There was a big division game between the Papazzio team and Brigandi Barristers Sunday at Crocheron Park. The game was played under bright blue skies and warm temperatures. The bats on both teams were hot and with some superb fielding the game was tied and went into an extra inning.

For Brigandi Barristers, Jackson Heuer and Jeremy Rivas had three hits apiece, earning them both a game ball. Max Fevola and Paul Guimaraes also came through with hits and some good plays in the field while showing no pressure under game conditions.

Papazzio came right back with some clutch hitting by Gianni Panepinto and David McCarthty to tie the game and earn them game balls. Daniel Feehan and Sabrina Laube made some nifty plays in the field to force an extra inning.

Got Milk

On May 25th, Bayside Milk Farm defeated Omega Coffee Shop, 15-0. Brandon Sheiner pitched four innings of shutout ball and drove in three runs for Bayside Milk Farm.

Thomas Lorenz walked four times and drove in a run and Patrick Magalong had three walks, two runs scored and two stolen bases. For Omega Coffee Shop, Nicholas Ziangas made two nice plays in the field.

Prava Construction Major League Results

Prava 18, Printing Express 6.

The boys from Prava Construction were ready to play as they beat a good Printing Express team May 17. The bats were hot as Petros Skalinas got a big two-out hit to drive in a run. Leo and Sam Gussak had a great game on defence and offence. Nicky Macchia, Nick Palermo, Anthony Scianna, Tom Karcinski, Kevin Will, Eric Melita, all had hits and RBIs for Prava, which improved to 9-2.

Anthony Witschel had a good game for Printing Express.

Prava 10, Headlines 0.

Prava recorded their second shutout of the season as Kevin Will and Ryan Magee combined for the shutout May 15. Magee also went 4-for-4 to help the offence of Prava. Eric Melita had a strong defensive game for Prava. Chris Cannon was called up from the Minors to help out and went 2-for-3 .

Prava 3, Fader Law 2.

These two teams hooked up in a great game that needed to go to extra innings to determine a winner May 8. Prava was shorthanded and needed to call up a Minor League player for the game. Pat Ruffino from the minors had a great game to help Prava win he went 2-for-3 and made a nice play in the outfield. Nick Palermo drove in the winning run for Prava. Sandy Tomasik pitched a strong three innings for Fader Law.

Prava 12, Major Homes 0.

Prava had a solid game against Major Homes May 1. The combination of Ryan MaGee and Sam Gussak got credit for the shutout. Ryan Paccione led the attack by going 4-for-4 with four RBIs.

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