Volume 20 Issue 6 | June 22 - 28, 2007


Downtown Little League action


Tigers vs. Grays

The Tigers hosted the Grays in the final regular season game on Governor’s Island.  With Lindsay Holcomb taking the mound, the Tigers retired the Grays in order in the top of the first. The Grays were able to contain the damage to one run in the bottom of the inning when Jack Finio walked, Sean McGowan got an R.B.I. single and Jack Hatton and Isaac Simons also walked.

With the bases loaded and no outs, Gabe Kleiman struck out the next three Tigers to end the inning.  Holcomb continued to rack up the strike outs in the second inning, giving up only one hit to Lee Perry.  The Tigers added another run from lead off singles by Peter Manny and Finio and an R.B.I. double by McGowan.

The Tigers added another run in the bottom of the third on a lead off single from Jack Hatton and singles from Chris Riddick and Xavier Russo. The fourth inning was scoreless with Hatton and Michael Porter in relief.  With Daniel Komanoff in relief for the Grays, the Tigers were able to add two insurance runs in the fifth off of hits by Simons, Riddick and Manny.

The Grays got on the boards in the sixth with a two-base blast from Kleiman who scored on the next hit from Adam Kester.  The final score was Tigers 5, Grays 1. The teams finish a great regular season and start the playoffs this week.

Junior Minors Upper

Yankees vs. Reds

The Yankees visited the Reds at East River Park fields on Friday for the first match of the season between the two teams.  Continuing their excellent hitting, the Yankees’ first four hitters came through: Ted Eustace and Ethan Wallis led off with singles and were driven home by R.B.I. machines Michael Bogdanos and Tyler Rohan. Marcus Chan followed with an R.B.I. single. However, the Reds’ Noah Skelskie snared David Lampietti’s fly ball, and David Wong’s ground out ended the inning for the Yanks with a three-run lead.

In the bottom of the first, the Reds’ Skelskie and Jackson Deysine reached base, but Eustace’s arm and Bogdanos’ glove kept them from scoring.  The defense continued to shine as the Reds couldn’t score in the second or third innings either, despite solid hits by Deejai Riangkrul and Liam O’Connor.

The Yankees loaded the bases in the second with a Eustace double and singles from Wallis and Bogdanos, and did it again in the third inning with singles by Chan, Alexander Monticciolo and Lampietti, but couldn’t score either time.  After three innings, the Yankees clung to a 3-0 lead. 

In the top of the fourth, Rohan blasted a bases-loaded triple to widen the lead, but the Reds fired back in the bottom of the inning with their first two runs.   Deysine, Jackson Mansfield, Justen Lam and Riangkrul singled, but Eustace’s golden glove at third snared Sal Derogatis’ fly to end the inning.

In the Yankees’ fifth inning at bat, singles by Luke Marable and David Wong started things off, but it was Advay Sriram’s line drive to center that had the crowd on its feet.  The Reds’ Skelskie crushed a double in the bottom of the inning, but the Yankees, with their Rohan and Bogdanos combination, kept the Reds off the board. .

The Yankees added another three in the top of the sixth with singles from Wallis, Bogdanos, Monticciolo, Lampietti and Marable, and a double from Rohan, but were shut down by Mansfield who caught Chan’s fly at third. The Reds gamely battled in the sixth, with Mansfield’s stand-up double leading off the inning.  Fischer Bodwell singled, but after Wong caught Riangkrul’s drive to right field, he ran the ball in to Eustace at third for the game-ending double play.  The final score was Yankees 10, Reds 2.

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