Minors defeated in Saturday match-up
The team of young Islanders knew they would be up against some solid competition as they traveled into Bradenton this past Saturday, but eventually came up short in their second game of the season. The final score was 12-2, with the Islander squad’s runs scored by Ben Ware and Miles Fisher on a series of walks and steals in the middle part of the lineup.
Emma Monuese took the mound to start the game and was later relieved in the second by Mikey Ellsworth. Ellsworth struck out the side in the inning, but had to be replaced in the third due to the maximum pitch-count rule in Little League early in the season. With the score 9-2 and the time limit of the game approaching, the coaches called in lefty Benjamin Calhoun to pitch. Calhoun and Miles Fisher got the final three outs just as time expired in the game. The team will host its next game at the Community Center on Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. and play again on Saturday, March 7, at G.T. Bray at noon.
In other Island baseball news, Little League Fun Day will be Saturday, March 7, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. This 2009 season marks the 25th year of Island Little League, with the T-ball and pitching machine leagues’ firstgames in the morning. The Fun Day" will be full of excitement, baseball, food and entertainment for all ages with proceeds benefitting Anna Maria Island Little League.
Minors: Thursday, March 5, AMICC, 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 7, G.T. Bray, noon.
Majors: Friday, March 6, G.T. Bray, 7 p.m. ; and Monday, March 9, , AMICC, 6:30 p.m.
Juniors: Saturday, March 7, Holmes Beach Field, 11 a.m.; and Monday, March 9, at G.T. Bray, 7 p.m.