Islander shortstop Connor Bystrom fields the ball as Trevor Bishops of Charles Roy Roofing hustles to second during Junior League baseball action at Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach.
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Islander pitcher Sean Price limited Charles Roy Roofing to only three hits in five innings of work during Junior League baseball action at Birdie Tebbetts Field.
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Islander juniors earn pair of victories
The Islander Junior League baseball team for 13- to 15-year-old players played two games last week and came away from both games with 10-run, mercy-rule victories.
On Friday, April 2, they defeated Beef O'Brady's 16-6 in six innings. The Islanders followed that up with a five inning, 15-4 win over Charles Roy Roofing on Saturday morning at Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach to improve their record to 4-3 on the season.
Sean Price was dominant on the mound in their April 3 home victory, allowing only three hits and no earned runs while striking out four batters in five innings of work.
The Islanders batted around to take a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Connor Bystrom led off with a double down the right-field line and after stealing third, he easily scored on a single to center by Nick Sato. Price followed with a single and after a double steal put Sato and Price on second and third. Sato then scored on an RBI ground-out by Billy Alstrom. Matt Shafer then plated Price with a double to left-center. Shafer scored the last run of the inning when, after stealing third, he walked home when the Charles Roy pitcher got called for a balk.
Alonzo Price and Zack Waliagha followed with walks, but Bystrom's line drive went right to the centerfielder for the third out of the inning.
Charles Roy Roofing scored one run in the top of the second without the benefit of a hit. With one out, Seth Vessel walked and then proceeded to steal second and third base, where Price's attempted pickoff sailed over Sato's head for an unearned run.
The Islander added a single run in the second when Sato lined a one-out triple into the left-field corner and scored on an RBI ground out by Price. Alstrom's ground ball to second produced the third out to end the inning with a 5-1 lead.
The Islander added to its lead in the third when it sent 12 batters to the plate, collecting six hits and six runs. Shafer, Lance Burger, Sato, Sean Price and Alstrom each singled and scored, while Bystrom managed a double.
The Roofers cut into the Islander lead in the top of the fourth when Cody Hobbs hit a high fly ball that outfielders Waliagha and Alonzo Price lost in the sun. By the time Waliagha tracked the ball down, Hobbs was at third with a stand-up triple. Hobbs then easily scored on an RBI ground out by Austin Hindman to pull to within 11-2.
The Islander put the game away in the bottom of the fourth when it scored four runs on singles by Burger, Sean Price, Alstrom and Alonzo Price.
Sean Price closed the game out, getting a pair of ground outs to third before two errors and a hit batsman loaded the bases. Price ended the threat by striking out the last batter to end the game.
Sato and Sean Price both finished the day 3-for-4 with three runs scored including a triple by Sato while Bystrom and Shafer each went 2-for-4 with a double. Burger and Alstrom each added a pair of singles and two runs scored while Alonzo Price singled and scored twice.
Friday night's game saw Connor Bystrom and Sean Pittman combine on a no-hitter. Bystrom started and went four innings, allowing four unearned runs while striking out six. Pittman closed the game out with two hitless innings that saw him record all six outs via strikeout.
Offensively, The Islander received big performances from several players. Pittman went 4-for-4, including a pair of doubles and two runs scored, while Sean Price singled, doubled and had two triples while scoring three runs.
Bystrom also had a big night with four hits, including a double, triple and three runs scored, while Sato added a double among his two hits.
WMFD in win column with pair of victories
West Manatee Fire & Rescue District earned a pair of victories in Anna Maria Island Little League's majors division last week to end a four-game losing streak and served notice to the rest of the league that they are a team to be reckoned with.
Wednesday, March 31, the firefighters defeated Island Lumber 9-7 thanks in part to some quality pitching by Zach Evan and Wyatt Easterling. On Friday, April 2, WMFD earned an exciting 12-11 come-from-behind victory thanks to a two-out, two-run single by Jordan Sebastiano.
Sebastiano's timely hit scored Trevor Bystrom for the tying run, while Zach Evan crossed the plate with the winning run in the 12-11 victory.
Sebastiano finished the day 3-for-4, including a pair of doubles and one run scored, while also delivering on the mound for WMFD. He added three innings of relief work that saw him limit Duncan to three hits and three runs while striking out four. Tommy Price also had a nice game for WMFD with a pair of singles and two runs scored. Blake Wilson added a double and one run for WMFD, which also received a single from Daniel Janisch and three runs scored from Evan.
Steve Sylvester led the Duncan Real Estate offense with a 3-for-4 game that included a two-run triple and two runs scored. Cory Wash added a double and two runs scored among his two hits and Kyle Crum came through with a pair of singles and one run scored. Kyle Bellingar and Dillan King each added a single and one run scored for Duncan in the loss.
WMFD 9, Island Lumber 7
WMFD won its first game of the young season with an exciting 9-7 victory over Island Lumber Wednesday, March 31. Zach Evan and Wyatt Easterling combined to limit Island Lumber to five hits while striking out 16 batters. Evan started and allowed two hits and two runs while striking out eight in three innings of work.
Easterling relieved to start the fourth and allowed four runs without the benefit of a hit, but escaped further damage with a huge strikeout with the bases loaded to end the inning. WMFD rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth inning to make a winner out of Easterling, who settled down to record the last six outs of the game via strikeout.
Blake Wilson went 3-for-4 with two runs scored to lead WMFD, which also received a single and two runs scored from Wyatt Easterling and a single and one run scored from Burns Easterling. Tommy Price and Trevor Bystrom each added a single and one run scored for WMFD in the victory.
Joey Hutchinson and Troy Kozewski each had a single and two runs scored to lead Island Lumber, which also received a single and one run scored from Broderick West. Glenn Bower and Matt Bauer each added singles for Island Lumber in the loss.
Duncan 8, Island Lumber 5
Forrest Goodwin pitched a complete-game three-hitter, including an amazing 16 strikeouts to lead Duncan Real Estate past Island Lumber Monday, March 29. Goodwin recorded every out by strikeout in the first five innings before tiring in the sixth. Broderick West and Kyle Aritt pitched effectively, limiting Duncan to four hits in the loss.
Steve Sylvester led Duncan with a triple and two runs scored, while Cory Wash and Justin Suca each singled and scored a run. Kyle Bellingar added a single for Duncan, which also received two runs scored from Dillan King and one run from Kyle Crum.
Aritt doubled and scored a pair of runs to pace the Island Lumber offense that also received a single and one run scored from Daniel Riley and two runs scored from Joey Hutchinson.
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 offering 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 and you can reserve early for good seats. The much-hated New York Yankees (by this writer) and its collection of All-Stars like Jason Giambi, A-Rod and Derek Jeter will come to the Trop for a 1:15 p.m. game against promising Tampa Bay youngsters like Carl Crawford, Rocco Baldelli and Aubrey Huff.
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, you can contact the Center at 778-1908, or contact Devil Rays representative Barry Jones at 1-888-FAN RAYS, ext. 3123, or (727) 825-3123.
Islander helps soccer team to Region C title
Longtime Island resident Stephen Thomas recently helped his U12 Manatee Magic boy's soccer team to the Region C Championship over the March 27-28 weekend in Spring Hill. Thomas and his teammates - thanks to a goal by Kevin Harvey - battled to a 1-1 tie in regulation play and followed that with two scoreless 10-minute overtimes to send the game to penalty kicks.
Kevin Harvey, Thomas, and Jake Drouler made their penalty kicks, while Magic goalie Cameron Allen dove to his right to make the save on Central Pasco's third attempt. Chase Carter and James Allen then connected on their kicks to erase any doubt as to who would be Region C Champions for the 2004 season.
The victory was especially sweet considering the Magic had struggled to a 6-5-2 regular season record and had lost in the Region C semifinals two seasons ago.
The semifinal victory was another barn burner that saw James Allen tie the score with a free kick from the top of the box with 1:27 to play. Two scoreless 10-minute overtimes were followed by a penalty-kick shootout.
This time around, Harvey, Thomas, Drouler and Carter made their penalty kicks, while Cameron Allen came up with two saves to send them into the finals.
The Magic defeated Central Pasco 2-0 and South Tampa 5-1 in first round action. The quarterfinal round saw them battle to a 0-0 tie against Dunedin before shutting out Bellair 2-0 to advance to the final four.
Members of the 2004 Region C Champions are: Kevin Harvey, Stephen Thomas, Jake Drouler, Chase Carter, James Allen, Cameron Allen, Colton Morrish, Andrew Morrish, Colby Lengle, Chris Jensen, J.D. Jackson, Issaac Cook, Kyle Thomas, Ben Palmer and Matthew Unziker, and Bill Unziker coaches.
Alan James Memorial tennis tournament winners
The third annual Alan James Memorial Tennis Tournament was held March 26-27 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center tennis courts.
Winners in the women's division were Kathleen Horrocks and second-place finisher Barbara Pavelka. Tied for third place were Kareen Gilbert, JoAnne Driscoll and Pauline Carpenter.
In the men's competition, Rex Hagen took first place and was also the men's high-score champ. Joe Brita came in a close second, while Peter Horrocks and Bill Poole tied for third. Rolly Johnson and Bill Salone also had good showings, staying in the mix until the end.
The tournament is a round-robin mixed doubles event in which players change partners each game and accumulate individual points.
The tournament is named for longtime winter resident Alan James, who passed away in 2001 at the age of 89. James was a tireless organizer of the event each year and helped establish the AMICC tennis seniors.
Anna Maria Island Little League baseball schedules
Date Time Teams
Junior League (ages 13-15)
April 10 10 a.m. The Islander vs. Team 3 @ Birdie Tebbetts
April 12 7 p.m. The Islander vs. Team 11 @ Lions Club
Major League (ages 9-12)
April 7 6:30 p.m. WMFD vs. Island Lumber
April 9 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. Island Lumber
April 12 6:30 p.m. WMFD vs. Island Lumber
Minor League (ages 8-9)
April 8 6:30 p.m. Bark vs. Betsy Hills
April 13 6:30 p.m. Morgan Stanley vs. Betsy Hills
T-ball (ages 5-7)
April 8 5 p.m. Beach House vs. A&E
Major League Standings (as of April 2)
Duncan Real Estate 4-2
Island Lumber 3-3