MAKE A STAND
In a season that has been
characterized by high scoring games, this past week has seen several
pitching gems turned in by the boys and girls on the mound. On Saturday,
June 20, Boys Senior Division Brookline Catholic's Bruno Desimone struck
out 20 batters in an eight inning stretch, which included a complete
game masterpiece against Toole. In return, Toole pitchers Justin
Fascetti, Bill Majetic, and Jason Casciato combined to fan 14 BRC
batters. DeBor's John Wolsko also turned in a 12K outing in the day's
first game against Brookline Distributing.
In the Boys Little Division, Billy
Seibel and Tim Schmidt combined to throw their, and the season's, second
no-hitter against Rick's Auto on June 18. Three days later, Knights of
Columbus' Shawn Boyle countered with a complete game, no-hit shutout of
St. Mark's. The 12 year-old hurler also struck out 13 batters in route
to pitching the league's finest gem this year. An enthused fan was lucky
enough to corner the young Knight as he exited the field and got Mr.
Boyle's first official autograph. Congratulations Shawn!
As the lights were turned off on
Tuesday night, June 24, a car pulled in toting some players from the
Girls Fastpitch team, fresh from a 6-0 victory at Overbrook. Word soon
spread that Kelly Kinzel, of Duke's News, had delivered a 21K no-hit
performance for Maureen Tarr's 6-2 squad. Led by Kinzel, Jaymie Jedlick,
and the best of their Senior Division counterparts, this talented team,
along with Bob "Newt" Downey's 8-2 Brookline Colts, have made Brookline
a force to be reckoned with around "the Burgh."
Unfortunately, the same can't be
said for Tom Walsh's Teener League team, which due to bad weather and
scheduling conflicts have scratched their way to a 2-11 record. Numbers
can, however, be deceiving, as the 13 year-olds have turned in some fine
performances, including a 12-0 thrashing of Mt. Washington.
Elsewhere around the league, all
but one of the divisions has crowned a regular season champion. Only in
the Boys Little Division, where Poremski Plumbing (10-0) and Knights of
Columbus (11-2) are still slugging it out, has the title been undecided.
Congratulations to DeBor Funeral Home, Sullivan's Auto, Party Cake, and
Slick's, who have claimed the top spot in their respective divisions.
Most eye's are turning to the playoffs, but don't miss the thrilling
finish for the one remaining title.
Boys Senior Division expansion
team Morgan's may be the team of the future, led by speedster Steve
Barone and the up-and-coming Domenic "Dukie" Gorga, but for now they are
taking their lumps, especially the pitchers. Morgan's arms have to date
given up ALL of the homeruns offered this season, including two on June
22 to Slammin' Sam Suska of Brookline Catholic. His first blast was a
grand slam, and the second a two-run shot, giving him a total of four
for the year. This marks the first time in more than a decade that a
slugger has cleared the Senior fence twice in one game. Suska has also
hit one for the travelling Colt team. Congratulations Sam!
NOTE: Another longball dished up
by Morgan's that same day had somewhat different, but memorable,
results. BRC's Bruno Desimone hit a towering drive to deepest center
field (400 feet), and the swift-footed Steve Barone took pursuit. It was
a moment reminiscent of Willie Mays miraculous catch in the 1954 World
Series. Well, almost. The ball landed just out of Steve's grasp at the
390 mark. Whether it was the fine throw from the suburbs, or the
batter's desire to witness the outcome, Bruno beat the bullet to second
for a very long double. It's plays like this that make baseball live up to
its billing as our national pasttime.