Duncan gains some breathing room in pennant race
Duncan Real Estate won its only baseball game of the week to improve to 5-2 on the season, which puts them firmly in control of first place in the Anna Maria Island Little League. It also puts them two games in front of Island Lumber and 2 1/2 games up on WMFD.
One reason for its success has to do with the fact that three of the top four hitters and six of the top 10 are in the Duncan Real Estate lineup. Cory Wash leads the league with a hefty .542 batting average. He is followed closely by teammate Kyle Crum who boasts a .529 average, while WMFD's Jordan Sebastiano's .500 average is good for third place in the league. Duncan's Max Huber rounds out the top four with a .471 average.
WMFD's Tommy Price, .462 and Blake Wilson at .458 follow in the rankings. Island Lumber is represented by Kyle Aritt's .455 average, which is good for seventh best in the league, while a trio of Duncan players round out the top 10 batters in the league, which are Steven Sylvester's .435, Kyle Bellingar's .412 and a .350 average by Forrest Goodwin.
WMFD 9, Island Lumber 8
WMFD overcame an 8-7 deficit on Wednesday, April 7, thanks to some timely hitting and opportunistic base running by Blake Wilson and Jordan Sebastiano. Wilson led off the bottom of the sixth with a double and scored on a single by Sebastiano. A throwing error by the catcher allowed Sebastiano to "keep on truckin" around the bases to score the winning run.
Wilson finished the game 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored, while Sebastiano had a pair of singles and three runs scored. Zach Evan added a double among his two hits, while Tommy Price, Alex Burgess and Kyle Parsons each scored one run in the victory.
Kyle Aritt led Island Lumber with a 3-for-4 hitting performance that included three runs scored, while Pat Facheris added a single and a double in the loss. Troy Kosweski singled and scored a pair of runs for Island Lumber, which also received a single and one run from Glenn Bower.
Duncan 16, WMFD 11
Duncan Real Estate took advantage of 10 walks to record a 16-11 victory over WMFD on Monday, April 5. Duncan was led by Cory Wash and Forest Goodwin, who each singled and scored three runs, while Kyle Crum went 3-for-3 and scored twice. Steven Sylvester doubled and scored a pair of runs for Duncan, which also received a single and two runs scored from Max Huber and a single and one run from Kyle Bellingar.
Jordan Sebastiano singled and scored two runs to lead WMFD, which also received two runs apiece from Zach Evan, Tommy Price and Trevor Bystrom in the loss.
Little League events on horizon
Mark your calendars for April 17 and May 30. April 17 is picture day and fun day at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Team and individual photos will be taken in addition to an impressive array of food, games and activities for the entire family. Picture schedules will be distributed to team managers as the date gets closer.
Sunday, May 30, is Anna Maria Island Community Center Day at Tropicana Field. Upper infield reserve seats cost just $15 with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Center.
To place ticket orders or for more information, contact the Center at 778-1908, or you can contact Devil Rays representative Barry Jones at 1-888-FAN RAYS, ext. 3123, or (727) 825-3123.
Anna Maria Island Little League baseball schedules
Date Time Teams
Junior League (ages 13-15)
April 10 10 a.m. Charles Roy vs. Islander @ Birdie Tebbetts
Major League (ages 9-12)
April 14 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. Island Lumber
April 17 2 p.m. Duncan vs. WMFD
April 19 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. Island Lumber
Minor League (ages 8-9)
April 15 6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs. Morgan Stanley
April 17 11:30 a.m. Bark Realty vs. Betsy Hills
April 20 6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs. Morgan Stanley
T-ball (ages 5-7)
April 17 9 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs. Beach House
April 17 10 a.m. Harry's vs. Air & Energy
Major League Standings (as of April 2)
Duncan Real Estate 5-2
Island Lumber 3-4