The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 12 No. 30 - May 9, 2012


Electrifying win for Miller Electric

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

SCOTT DELL | SUN Ashton Pennell, of Miller Electric,
holds the runner Abby Achor, of Beach Bums,
close to first base during AMICC baseball.

The Sun Sports game of the week was a thrilling coach pitch baseball game between Miller Electric and Beach Bums. The Anna Maria Island Community Center's baseball field is the place to be on Friday nights if you are looking for exciting baseball action. Every 7:15 p.m. game this year has either ended in a tie or been decided by one run in the last inning. This game proved to be the same.

The Beach Bum team led off the top of the first inning by scoring the maximum allowed five runs. Dalton Guthrie had a two RBI single with bases loaded that scored the first two batters, Abby Achor and Ronnie Moore. The cleanup hitter, Gianna Sparks, hit an RBI single past the shortstop that scored Julius Petereit. Jackson Hayes reached base on an error, and the bases were loaded again.

Callen Achor got an RBI hit and scored Guthrie. Two nice plays by Miller Electric shortstop Thomas Heckler, and there were two outs. Leadoff hitter Abby Achor got up again and hit an RBI single past third base that scored Sparks for the inning ending fifth run. The Beach Bums defense was tough and it was three up/three down for the Miller Electric team, Score 5-0 after the first.

In the top of the second, Gianna Sparks was up with bases loaded and ripped an RBI single up the middle. The next hitter Jackson Hayes hit into a fielder's choice, but it scored Julius Petereit. With bases loaded, Pitcher Aston Pennell made a nice play to get Miller Electric out of the jam for the third out.

In the bottom half of the second, Tuna McCracken got his team going with a double to the fence. Aaron Dunnan hit him in on the next play. With two outs and Aaron on second and Gerardo Serrano on first, Adam Carlson hit a shot to the third baseman that scored Dunnan. Beach Bums got the third out, score 7-2 after the second.

In the top of the third, the Miller Electric defense became energized. The first batter hit a high fly ball to the centerfielder, Gerardo Serrano, who caught it. The next batter hit a groundball to the pitcher, Aaron Dunnan, who threw him out at first. Petereit and Guthrie reached base safely and brought up the cleanup hitter, Sparks, who hit her third base hit and third RBI of the game. Next batter Hayes hit a hard line drive to pitcher Dunnan for the third out.

In the bottom half, Tyler Brewer led off with a left center gap double. Ashton Pennell then hit a laser about 225 feet to the right center fence for a two-run homerun. Ryan Capalbo and Tuna McCracken both got base hits then Aaron Dunnan hit a long RBI fly ball to right center, which scored both of them. Thomas Heckler then hit Dunnan in for the inning ending fifth run. Score Beach Bums 8 and Miller Electric 7.

In the top of the fourth, Guthrie hit a line drive over the short stop with bases loaded that scored Abby Achor. Sparks was up again with bases loaded and got her fourth RBI on a hit to the short stop which scored Ronnie Moore before the third out was recorded for Beach Bums.

In the bottom of the fourth, Serrano reached on an error and Tristan Watson got a base hit. Jeff Mullins then got an RBI on a hit to the first baseman which scored Serrano. Brewer got all the way to third on an error which scored Watson. Sam Howells then reached on an error which scored Brewer and for the first time the game was tied 10-10 before the third out happened to end the fourth inning.

The Beach Bum team did not score in the top of the fifth and now the time limit to play was up. By rule though, the home team still got their last at bat. Tuna McCracken reached first on a fielder's choice. Dunnan then reached on an error and moved McCracken to second. Now the winning run was in scoring position with one out in the last inning. Thomas Heckler stepped up to the plate with a chance to be the hero. Heckler ripped a walk-off single and a hustling McCracken scored the winning run from second base. Miller Electric wins 11-10.

Youth Baseball Schedule

May 11, Friday, 6 p.m., Gulf-Bay Realty vs. Air & Energy
May 11, Friday, 7:15 p.m., Miller Electric vs. Beach Bums

Adult Co-Ed Basketball Results

The Feast restaurant 42
Bowes Imaging Center 58

Beach to Bay Construction 48 
Gator Man Pools 61

B.Y. Construction 52 
BeachHouse restaurant 61

Adult Basketball Schedule

May 15, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Gator Man Pools vs. Island Sun newspaper
May 15, Tuesday, 8 p.m., B. Y. Construction vs. The Feast restaurant
May 15, Tuesday, 9 p.m., BeachHouse restaurant vs. Beach to Bay Construction

Youth Basketball Results


Island Real Estate 10 
Gettel Toyota 11

Walter & Associates  11 
Beach Bistro 17

11-13 year olds

Southern Greens  21 
Ross Built Construction  39

Sandbar restaurant  28 
Holy Cow Ice Cream  31

Walter & Associates  11 
Eat Here  31

14-17 year olds

Anna Maria Oyster Bar  50 
Dips Ice Cream  55

Anna Maria Oyster Bar  23 
Integrity Sound  44

Youth Basketball Schedule


May 9, Wednesday, 6 p.m., Eat Here vs. Holy Cow Ice Cream
May 9, Wednesday, 7 p.m., Ross Built Construction vs. Sandbar restaurant
May 9, Wednesday, 8 p.m., Southern Greens vs. Walter & Associates 
May 11, Friday, 6 p.m., Sandbar restaurant vs. Southern Greens
May 11, Friday, 7 p.m., Ross Built Construction vs. Eat Here
May 11, Friday, 8 p.m., Holy Cow Ice Cream vs. Walter & Associates
May 14, Monday, 6 p.m., Gettel Toyota vs. Walter & Associates 
May 14, Monday, 7 p.m., Beach Bistro vs. Island Real Estate
May 14, Monday, 8 p.m., Integrity Sound vs. Anna Maria Oyster Bar
May 15, Tuesday, 6 p.m., Dips Ice Cream vs. Integrity Sound

Adult Co-Ed Soccer Results

Florida Discount Signs  3 
Pink & Navy Boutique  3

Agnelli Pools & Spa  0 
Slim's Place  6

Wash Family Construction  4 
Don Meilner Construction  9

Best Buy  1 
Island Pest Control  4

Adult Soccer Schedule

May 10, Thursday, 6 p.m., Don Meilner & Son Construction vs. Fla. Discount Signs
May 10, Thursday, 7 p.m., Wash Family Construction vs. Best Buy
May 10, Thursday, 8 p.m., Agnelli Pools & Spa vs. Pink & Navy Boutique
May 10, Thursday, 9 p.m., Island Pest Control vs. Slim's Place


Where do you get your protein?

The most common question vegetarians or vegans get about eating a plant-based diet is, "Where do you get your protein?" I got it long before I wrote my book, especially as an athlete. For reasons that have more to do with marketing more than science, some athletes believe that meat and dairy are the only good sources. This is not true.

Most of us are aware that protein has an important role in our bodies, but you may not know why. Made up of amino acids (oxygen, nitrogren, carbon, and hydrogen), protein is the nutrient responsible for growing new cells and building and repairing tissue. However, contrary to popular belief, we don't need to consume that much of it to be healthy.

According to T. Colin Campbell ("The China Study") and other well-known vegan doctors and dieticians, the average requirement of protein is only about 5 ounces a day, or about 5 percent of your daily caloric intake. Campbell and others write that too much protein can actually damage your bones and organs and that reducing the amount of protein in your diet can give you more energy, put your digestive system at ease and protect your immune system. I'm not alone in my observation of increased energy.

A common misconception is that meat is the best source of protein. Consider the following animals, some of the largest on the planet – gorillas, cows, elephants – all of them are vegans. That means they eat nothing that had a mother or a face.

As a runner, I don't want that body type, but these large animals are great examples of how big and strong a living creature can be on a plant based diet. While animal products contain large amounts of protein, they are also high in cholesterol and saturated fat, which can lead to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The plant-based diet is low in fat, free of cholesterol and full of fiber.

Almost every plant contains protein, though some have more than others. Luckily, we do not need to get all amino acids from one source, so eating a varied vegetarian diet will result in a complete balance of protein. Here are some excellent foods that you can depend on to keep your body fit:

• Beans contain more protein than any other vegetarian source, and they are high in fiber, so you'll feel full hours after eating them. There are countless varieties, the most popular being black, pinto, kidney, chickpea, lentil, split peas and soy.

• Whole grains are a great compliment to beans, and together they pack a protein punch into your diet. Rice is always a great choice, but quinoa is a powerhouse. While quinoa is technically a seed, it contains more protein than any other grain. Check out barly and millet, and keep in mind that even popcorn contains protein. Millet is a beautiful yellow whole grain and it almost deceives you into believing that it is coated with butter.

• Nuts are also very high in protein. One ounce of almonds has the same amount as one ounce of steak, 6 grams. Enjoy your favorite nuts raw, roasted, seasoned or in nutbutter form.

• Seeds are a great addition to any meal. Simply sprinkle them on top or mix them in to add an extra boost of protein to your dish. Flax, pumpkin, and hemp seeds are not only rich in essential amino acids, but contain other important nutrients like omega-3s, iron and fiber.

• There's a reason Popeye was obsessed with spinach - he wanted to maintain his big biceps! Other green veggies with high protein content are broccoli, kale, green beans, asparagus and watercress.

And speaking of biceps, whenever I give talks on a book tour and the protein question comes up as it always does, I say flexing my biceps, "Do I look like I have a protein problem? Do you know anyone with a protein deficiency? No? Bet you know a few people with heart and diabetes issues?" Amid the laughter, hands fly up answering that last question.

You can follow Island resident Ellen Jaffe Jones on her Facebook page and keep up with her just released book:,"Eat Vegan on $4 a Day," or her website: She is also a nationally certified personal trainer and running coach. For training in a gym or private hire, contact Ellen at or 941-704-1025.

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