Vol. 8 No. 30 - April 16, 2008


Island Majors team comes up against tough opposition

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

PHOTO/CHRIS GRUMLEY LPAC catcher Rebecca Hinds watches
as an Americo Title player puts the bat on the ball.

On a balmy evening this past week The Islanders took on Horizon Bank in the Majors at the Community Center. The Majors squad was still searching for its first win, but Coach Chris Moneuse has been impressed with the team’s grit and determination all year.

There was no score in the first inning, both teams weighing up the task at hand. Starting pitcher for the Island crew was Justin "Tiny" Gargett and what a game he pitched, getting his arm going with two strikeouts in the second inning.

In the bottom of the second, William Brusso lined a double to center and scored on a single by Max Moneuse, who also scored later in the inning. Max Miller then doubled to left and went on to score a run as, with the bases loaded, Nick Parpazian was hit by a pitch and walked to first.

Gargett fanned two more in top of the third and Phillip Dudevoire caught a ball that was hit high to right field to end Horizon’s half of the inning.

The score remained 2-0 heading into the fourth with Gargett still on the mound. He never missed a beat and struck out the side in quick succession, with excellent support from catcher "Hambone" Clark.

Trevor Albers hit big to center filed and managed to get to second, then Hunter knocked hinm in with a base hit and it the Island boys were up 3-0.

Horizon finally got on the score card with a run in the fifth, but The Islanders responded with two of their on in the home half to make the score 5-1.

When Gargett reached his pitch count limit he was replaced by Lee Bergeron, and Horizon’s bats woke up. They scored three more to make it 5-4, and Brusso was came on in relief of Bergeron.

With the bases loaded a Horizon batter hit a slow roller and beat out the throw to first, with a runner scoring from third in the process.

It appeared the game was tied, but the Horizon runner was ruled out at first because he slid head first into the bag, which is illegal in Little League. The umpire ruled that the tying run did not count and the game was over – a win for the Island crew, their first of the season.

Minors win

AMI Sun enjoyed its first win of the season Saturday 9-5 over Dick’s Sporting Goods. Parker Keegan and Austin Morrow handled pitching duty and put in a solid four innings between them. Connor Field was all over the park, scoring a bases loaded triple, an inside-the-park home run and an unassisted double play at first base.

West Coast Surf shop was involved in two games this past week, playing Wood Dock and Davit on Tuesday and Beef O’Brady’s on Saturday. Jack Coleman came up with his first hit of the season in the first game and and there was some excellent fielding by Henrik Brusso and Neil Carper. In the Saturday game, Henrik Brusso was back at it with a single and a double, Devon Cole got his glove on the ball for a memorable catch and it was Mikey Ellsworth who pitched two solid innings and scored the teams only run of the outing.

T-ball begins

The T-ball season got under way Friday night at AMICC, with Holmes Beach Auto coached by Blair Schlossberg and Stuart Dehan taking on Morgan Stanley, coached by David Zaccagnino and assistant coaches John Barker and Eric Flodberg. It was a lively affair and a joy to watch and this is were it all begins.

AA opener

The AA Division also opened its season Friday night, with Americo Title, coached by Scott Dell and assistant Randy Langley, taking on LPAC, coached by Larry Pearson and assistant Rob Cuccio. Americo Title looks to be a strong outfit and has quite a few players that experienced AA last season, as well as T-Ballers moving up. LPAC is a younger side with some good hitters and it was a lively first encounter. Florida Eye Tours is the third AA team this season and is a bit of a dark horse.

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