Volume 19 Issue 53 | May 18 -24, 2007


Downtown Express photos by Jefferson Siegel

The Tigers’ Owen Gallagher is safe at home in a Downtown Little League game Sunday against the Orioles, above. Michael Monticciolo of the Angels reaches first after his single against the Padres.

Senior Softball

Revolutions vs. Cards

After nearly losing to the mercy rule because of the uptown Cards, the Revolutions were able to pull together the comeback of the season on Saturday in a Central Park slugfest. The Revs jumped out to an early 3 - 0 lead on a leadoff walk by Sarah McGowan, who was driven in by Olivia Lautin, Alessandra Fusilloo, Ariana Elefterakis, Ana Slade, and Leanne Elefterakis, playing for the first time with her sister Arianna. The Cards were able to erase the lead by scoring eight more runs.

After giving up another five runs in the bottom of the second, the Revs, down 13 - 3, went into the third needing to put some runs on the board. They managed to stay alive by scoring four runs on lead off hits by Lautin and Leanne Elefterakis, who were driven in by an R.B.I.-double by Ariana Elefterakis. Two more runs were added off hits by Madison Pappas and Leanne Elefterakis. In the bottom of the fourth, the Cards were able to score six runs, bringing them to a 19 to 7 lead.

With the 10-run mercy rule looming, the Revs were able to stay alive by scoring four runs in the fourth off of hits by McGowan, Fusilloo, Elefterakis, and Slade. With Lautin pitching relief on the mound, the Revs were able to hold the Cards scoreless in the bottom of the fourth. In the top of the fifth, the Revs were finally able to regain a one-run lead, scoring nine runs when they were able to load the bases with lead off hits by Jessica Consalvo, Jaclyn Livoti, and a walk by Katerina Michaels. The scoring started with a two R.B.I. single by McGowan and a base-clearing triple by Lautin.

Lautin pitched a beautiful fifth, retiring the side in order to maintain a Revs 20 - 19 lead in an inning that saw a snag by Leanne Elefterakis and a double play by sister Arianna Elefterakis and McGowan. The Revolutions added six insurance runs in the top of the sixth, and were able to secure their third victory of the season by holding the Cards to one run in the bottom of the inning.
Junior Minors Upper

Yankees vs. Indians

On a chilly but sunny Mother’s Day, Noah Brodsky started a rally for the Indians with a double.  Justin Ho, Harry Kahn, and Jared Beh followed with run-scoring singles, but Daniel Healy was stopped at first by the Yankees’ Michael Bogdanos and Tucker Rothbart’s pop-up was silenced with a back-handed catch by the Yankees’ Tyler Rohan.  Ted Eustace and Marcus Chan led off the bottom half of the first with singles before Ariana Howard and Tyler Rohan drove them in with singles, narrowing the Indians’ lead 3-2.

The Yankees kept the Indians scoreless in the second with their excellent defense (including Howard at second and Louis Dannatt pitching), but the Indians returned the favor with two consecutive fly-outs to Kahn, who then led off the third with a single before Daniel Healy’s single drove him home.  Brandon Mirabella, Sammy Kahn, and William Kahn (Harry’s brothers) stepped in for missing Indians.  Sammy, 5, got to first, and big brother Harry brought them all home with a grand slam, bringing the score to 8-2.  Ted Eustace was robbed of a double when Noah Brodsky made a nice back-handed catch in centerfield, resulting in a double play and another scoreless inning for the Yanks.  Brodsky singled to start the fourth, but a stellar play at second by the Yankees’ Eva Vignola, a fly-out to Marcus Chan and an unassisted play at third by Bogdanos kept the Indians from scoring.  

The Yankees added two in the fourth, starting with singles by Bogdanos, Howard, Rohan, Dannatt and Luke Marable.  In the fifth, however, there was some sloppy fielding, a long run-down, and hits by Mirabella, Kahn, Brodsky, and Beh.  The Yankees couldn’t add any runs in the bottom of the fifth, but they kept the Indians scoreless in the sixth when Rohan caught a pop fly and threw the ball to Bogdanos at first for a double play.  For the Yankees’ last licks, Eustace, Chan and Bogdanos each singled, but the rally ended quietly with a final score of Indians 12, Yankees 4.

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