SPORTS/CHILDREN

Some Downtown teams beat the rain

By Patricia Belizario

Weather was a disappointment for Downtown Little Leaguers this weekend when many games were rained out. All of the games in the Majors division were canceled. Minor League players from the Mariners and Expos were especially disheartened when they showed up to their game ready to play, only to turn around and go home when heavy rain ensued. “Everyone kinda showed up and so did the rain,” said David Leach, coach of the Mariners.


Tee-Ball
The rain did not ruin all game plans this weekend, however, for it began falling right after Tee-Ballers finished their Saturday morning game at Rockefeller Park. Though there was much initial concern about inclement weather, hopes brightened with the advent of sunny skies for players and coaches of the Angels and Marlins teams. Bryan Burns of the Angels put his teammates in especially good spirits when he hit a home run.
“The coaches were very enthusiastic,” said Angela Bensfield, a coach with the Angels. “All the kids had a great time.”


Junior Minors

Twins Vs. White Sox
The Twins overcame a great obstacle Saturday morning, one imposed with the absence of one of the team’s best players, Adam Kester, due to injuries caused when he was side-swiped by a taxi-cab last week.
“We prevailed even though Adam wasn’t there,” said the Twins coach, adding that Kester’s injuries were “superficial flesh wounds” and that he’s doing okay.
Winning 9-7, the Twins coach said that the game was hard fought by the White Sox.
The Sox and the Twins had solid games in the field.
The Twins cleanup batter Jack Hatton and his brother Harrison played well with Jack playing particularly good defense in the infield.
“We wouldn’t have won the game without him,” said the Twins coach, Mark Hatton.
Harrison got three clutch hits, solidifying the Twins victory.


Junior Minors

Pirates vs. Red Sox
Due to lack of players, Friday night’s game between the Pirates and the Red Sox was forfeited by the Pirates. Despite the forfeit, however, the game continued when Luke Gehorsam of the Red Sox gave the Pirates nine players until the second inning when the Pirates ninth player showed up.
Christian Albrizio, Francie Siedl-Chodosh, and Jake Goodman led the Red Sox offensively with Albrizio hitting a two-run home run. Siedl-Chodosh knocked in three runs, while Goodman hit a home run and had two R.B.I.
According to Red Sox manager Michael Greenblatt, Siedl-Chodosh also played well defensively, “making a nice play at third to take away hit.”
Among other defensive leaders were pitcher Sam Gilberg who gave up no runs and pitched for two innings, giving up no runs, and had six strike-outs. Corey Greenblatt helped the team’s victory by catching three solid innings and pitching one no-run, inning to stop the Pirates from scoring.
The Red Sox won 15-4.


Rangers vs. Reds
The Rangers beat the Reds 22-6, a victory credited to tight defensive and offensive play by the Rangers.
“Practice really made perfect for these kids,” said coach Ernie Shore of the Rangers. “The kids really played their best.”
Among the game highlights were two homers by Michael Herman, and three singles by George Levine, who also had a really good play in the third inning. Michael Leiro improved his swing for this weekend’s game, knocking four hits.
Coach Shore said he was really impressed with the Reds’ fine display of sportsmanship.

Coaches should e-mail their game highlights to news@DowntownExpress.com.
Matthew Fragliossi of the Reds runs to first for a base hit.
Aidan Northington of the Indians hustles own to first while the Marlins’ Agnad Singh gets ready for the ball.
Downtown Express photos by Ramin Talaie

Joshua Lawrence of Rangers swings at a pitch

Community barbeque

The Downtown Little League, the Downtown Soccer League, and Manhattan Youth has coordinated a public barbeque on Hudson River’s Pier 25 in appreciation for league member and sponsor community participation at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 7.

Free miniature golf games and beach volleyball games will be offered, in addition to food and beverages to be sold at a minimal cost, prepared by league volunteers.

To enter, the charge for adults tickets is $5.00, and children enter for free.


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