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Cardinals’ Caraballo tosses second career no-hitter

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It was a bit more than three years ago when playing for the Modell’s White Sox that Joey Caraballo pitched a no-hit, no-run game in the Glen Oaks Little League International...

Cardinals’ Joey Caraballo hurls no-hit, no-run game in Glen Oaks Pony Division

It was a bit more than three years ago when playing for the Modell’s White Sox that Joey Caraballo pitched a no-hit, no-run game in the Glen Oaks Little League International Division. It was a sad and emotional evening for the fact that the team’s sponsor, Michael Modell of the Modell’s Sporting Goods chain, had died on April 28, 2001.

Hector Caraballo, coach of the White Sox at the time, suggested the game be dedicated to Michael. And there was Joey Caraballo, presenting Michael with an excellent performance, hurling a no-hitter that afternoon.

Last Friday Caraballo, now playing for the Cardinals in the Pony Division, repeated that performance by pitching a no-hit, no-run game against Little Neck #2, which came to the game undefeated with two wins in the early stage of this new season.

Caraballo walked four and was in trouble only in the third inning, when Little Neck had runners on third and second on an error by the Card’s third baseman and a walk with no outs. But coming to his aid was Jason Sophie’s stellar defensive play, during which he snatched a hard line drive to the middle by the Neck’s clean-up hitter for a perfect timing double play.

Caraballo got out of the inning by striking out the next batter. The Cardinals won, 12-0.

It was a collective win for the Cards, who are undefeated in three games, during which all the players contributed in one way or another. Sophie not only played great on defense but continues to hit the ball well in every game. He had a triple in two at bats; Anthony Meo went 2-for-2; Darryl Boston had a single and a triple; David Treminio had two singles in three at bats; Joey Caraballo had a double in two trips to the plate; and Stephen Leccese got on base twice to help the Cards’ cause.

Congratulations to Joey Caraballo for his performance. It is important to mention that after two years playing on different teams, Caraballo got together with catcher Scott Gandasegui, who as a battery mate was the catcher on that April 28 game three years ago, and once again they did it last Friday.

Updated 7:04 pm, October 10, 2011
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