|Alex Siegal slapped a single on this swing of the bat for his Greg Ross Development team during T-ball action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center's stadium. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
|Brooke Capparelli dives on a ground ball for her LPAC team as teammate Michael Wood backs her up during T-ball action for Anna Maria Island Little League.
|LPAC player Danielle Capparelli is ready for action during instructional league T-ball at the Center stadium.
Duncan on base for undefeated Little League season
Shawn Conover scattered seven hits in four innings to earn the pitching win in Anna Maria Island Little League's AAA Division Duncan Real Estate 16-5 victory over WMFD on April 17. The win improves Duncan's record to 8-0 and expanded its lead over WMFD to four games with less than half a season left to play.
Duncan was led by Glenn Bower's 3-for-3 hitting performance that included a triple and three runs scored and a 3-for-4 day from Blake Wilson. Catcher Mike Dolan went 2-for-2 and scored three runs, while Conover helped himself at the plate with a single and three runs scored. Hunter Parrish added a single and one run scored to round out the Duncan offense.
WMFD was led by Daniel Janisch, who went 3-for-3 including two doubles, while Tommy Price parked another pitch over the fence in left-center field. Trevor Bystrom tripled and scored one run, while Jake Rappe and Alex Hall each singled and scored one run for WMFD in the loss.
WMFD bounced back from its demoralizing loss to Duncan by beating Morgan Stanley 15-10 on April 19. Price and Bystrom both went "yard" to cap huge hitting performances. Bystrom finished the game 3-for-4 with a home run, triple and two runs scored, while Price went 3-for-3 including a home run, double and three runs scored. Daniel Pimental added a double and two runs scored among his two hits, while Jerry Mayer, Andrew Crowton and Carson Wooten each singled and scored for WMFD in the win.
Martine Miller went 2-for-3 including a triple and one run scored and Chris Pate added a double and two runs scored among his two hits on the night. Ally Titsworth added a single and one run scored for Morgan Stanley in the loss.
AA Division action
Island Real Estate scored three runs in the first and third innings on its way to a 6-3 victory over Betsy Hills in April 20 pitching league action for kids ages 8-10.
Kalif Mora paced Island Real Estate with a home run, a triple and two runs scored, while teammate Cortni Wash added a pair of singles and two runs scored. Lexi Moore and Joey Cucci each singled and scored one run for IRE, which also received a pair of singles from Brennan Gallagher.
Johnny Mattay went 2-for-2 including a triple and one run scored, while Cooper Hardy and Billy Eddy each singled and scored one run for Betsy Hills. Phillip Dudevoir and Mikey Ellsworth each went 2-for-2, while Olivia Alstrom and Lindsey Bell both managed singles for Betsy Hills in the loss.
Spring Swing Saturday
The first annual Spring Swing exhibition game is set for Saturday, April 29, at Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach. The Anna Maria Islanders Junior League baseball team, sponsored by the newspaper of the same name, will take on a team of their coaches and members of the Little League board of directors and, rumor has it, there might be a writer/soccer coach participating in the game as a representative of the sponsoring newspaper.
Also on tap for this very exciting day is the base race. Kids can test their speed negotiating the bases with prizes awarded to the winner of each age group. For only $1, players can compete in the 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 or junior age group.
Ages 11-12 will run at 9 a.m. followed by the 10-11 group at 9:30 a.m. Ages 7-8 will race after completion of the third inning of the exhibition game, while players ages 5-6 will race following the sixth inning. Junior Leaguers will race after completion of the game.
Come on out and see if youth can overcome experience in the first ever Spring Swing. Food and drinks will be served, with all proceeds benefiting the Anna Maria Island Little League coffers.
Sponsor opportunities for first- through third-base are $50 a base. Home plate belongs to The Islander, but the pitcher's mound is open for $150. Publix has already "pitched in" with drinks and The Islander will be providing hot dogs and burgers for the fundraiser.
Any interested sponsors can contact Andy Jonatzke at 778-1908.
Sam Samuels and Greg Schott posted the only perfect 3-0 record in pool-play to earn outright bragging rights to the April 19 horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Adin Shank and Ron Pepka outlasted four teams to earn runner-up honors for the day.
On Saturday, April 15, five out of 15 teams advanced to the playoff round, with six wins required to be declared the day's champion. Sam Samuels and John Crawford defeated Ron Pepka and George Landritus 22-12 in the final match of the day. Samuels and Crawford defeated Ron Slagh and Debbie Rhodes 21-7 in their first playoff game before defeating Hank Huyghe and Greg Schott to advance to the championship match. Pepka and Landritus defeated Charlie Apuzzo and Norm Good by a 21-13 score to advance to the championship match.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Key Royale golf news
Joyce Brown fired a four-under-par 28 to win the women's low-net golf competition at the Key Royale Club April 18. Brown finished one shot ahead of second-place finisher Terry Westby, while Phyllis Lamp, Sally Maynard, Mary Selby and Meredith Slavin each shot 31 to finish in a tie for third place.
The team of Jean Cashman, Meredith Slavin, Tootie Wagner and Terry Westby captured the team low-net competition with an average score of 31.25. Second place went to the team of Sally Maynard, Dorothy McKinna, Marian Mulroy and Jean Tourt with an average score of 33.25. Marge Jacobs, Mary Anne Kaemmerlen and Marilyn Thorton had an average score of 34 to finish in third, while Phyllis Lamp, Diane Miller, Joanne Ozdych and Joyce Rieth averaged 35.5 to finish fourth.
Markie Ksiazek and Terry Westby each had chip-ins on hole No. 7.
Holmes Beach skateboard contest set for May 20
The City of Holmes Beach is planning a skateboard contest Saturday, May 20, at the skateboard park adjacent to city hall. There will be a $20 fee to compete and anyone who isn't already registered at the Holmes Beach Skate Park must do so in advance of the contest. To register, youths must be accompanied by an adult to city hall to complete a form and pay the park member fee of $10.
Three age divisions, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-17 will compete for first-, second- and third-place trophies. The deadline to sign up is May 19. For more information, call the city at 708-5804, ext. 248.