Pair of wins clinches AAA Little League title for WMFD
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WMFD defeated Morgan Stanley 15-7 on Monday, May 16, in Little League baseball action and followed that up with a 14-6 victory over Duncan Real Estate on Wednesday, May 18, to clinch the AAA division title.
As of press time, WMFD was 9-6 on the season with one remaining game left against Duncan Real Estate. A victory by Duncan would push them past Morgan Stanley and into second place. A WMFD victory would leave Morgan Stanley and Duncan Real Estate in a tie for second place.
Another race that has gone down to the wire is for the batting title. Jordan Sebastiano has been the leader for most of the season, but an 8-for-8 streak over two games by WMFD・s Tommy Price vaulted him past Sebastiano and into the top spot with one game left.
Award banquets for each of the three baseball divisions take place Wednesday night, May 25, to wrap up another season of Island Little League baseball.
Duncan 12, Morgan Stanley 9
Duncan Real Estate defeated Morgan Stanley 12-9 on Friday, May 20, thanks in part to a three-run triple by Patrick Facheris in the second inning. Facheris・ shot into the right-centerfield gap drove in Alex Hall, Daniel Pimentel and Travis Belsito, who all reached via walk.
Other hitters for Duncan include Troy Kozewski, who went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, while Jordan Sebastiano and Austin Wash each singled and scored one run in the victory. Jake Rappe added a single for Duncan, which also received a pair of runs from both Belsito and Burgess.
Zach Even led Morgan Stanley with a pair of singles and one run scored, while Daniel Janisch singled and scored twice. Zach Evans added a single to the Morgan Stanley attack that also received two runs scored from Matt Bauer and Martine Miller in the loss.
WMFD 14, Duncan 6
WMFD pounded out 16 hits, led by Tommy Price・s 4-for-4, two run hitting performance during its Wednesday, May 18, win over Duncan Real Estate in AAA Little League action. Blake Wilson also had a big day, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Alex Burgess and Joey Hutchinson each added a pair of singles and one run scored for WMFD. Jonah Castor, Elijah Toussaint and Connor Cloherty each added hits for WMFD in the victory.
Alex Hall and Troy Kozewski led Duncan Real Estate with a single and one run scored in the loss. Grant Bower added two runs scored for Duncan, which also received one run each from Glenn Bower and Jake Rappe in the loss.
WMFD 15, Morgan Stanley 7
Tommy Price exploded with a 4-for-4 hitting performance that included two doubles, four RBIs and two runs scored to lead WMFD past Morgan Stanley on Monday, May 16. Blake Wilson added four RBIs, a double and two runs scored among his three hits, while Hunter Parrish and Alex Burgess each added a single and three runs scored to the WMFD attack. Justin Succa had a two-run double for WMFD, which also received a single and one run scored from Michael Dolan, Connor Cloherty and Joey Hutchinson.
Daniel Janisch led Morgan Stanley with a two-run triple and one run scored among his two hits on the day, while Matt Bauer added a pair of singles and two runs scored. Zach Evans singled and scored one run, while Zach Evan and Sarah Howard each added a single to the Morgan Stanley offense in the loss.
Team Bordes takes hard road to final four
Team Bordes saw its nine-game winning streak come to an end, thanks to a bases-loaded walk during its 6-5 loss to Venice No. 1 on Tuesday, May 17, in Venice. Team Bordes struggled to hit the knuckleball that the Venice pitcher was throwing and found itself trailing 5-2 entering the top of the seventh inning.
Team Bordes rallied for three runs as Zack Thomas led off with a single to center and moved over to second when Nate Mozeleski walked. Scott Wollett moved both runners up when he grounded out to first, and a single by Chad Wickersham plated Thomas and Mozeleski to pull to within 5-4. Pat Cole reached on an error that allowed Wickersham to move to third where he easily scored on a single to left to tie the score at 5-5. Shane Pelkey looked like he might add to the Team Bordes lead, but his long fly ball to center field was caught at the base of the fence for out three.
Wickersham went 3-for-4 including two runs scored and three RBIs to lead Team Bordes at the plate. Price added an RBI single, while Carl Ricciardi and Thomas each added singles. Cole delivered a solid pitching performance, allowing seven hits and three earned runs in six innings of work.
Team Bordes rebounded from its first loss in a while with a solid 5-1 victory over Central Sarasota No. 1 on Thursday, May 19, to stay alive. Carl ：Moose； Ricciardi allowed only three hits and one walk while striking out six in a complete-game pitching effort.
Team Bordes scored all the runs they would need in the first inning when Mozelski reached on an error in front of Price, who singled. Shane Pelkey brought both runners home on a long single to right field.
The second inning saw Team Bordes add one run to its total when C.J. Wickersham hit a shot to left that had home run written all over it. Wickersham settled for a double and scored when Tanner Pelkey singled to left to give Ricciardi all the run support he would need.
Shane Pelkey finished the day 2-for-4 including two RBIs and one run scored, while ：Moose； added a pair of singles and one run scored. C.J. Wickersham added a double and one run, while Chad Wickersham, Pat Cole and Tanner Pelkey each added singles on the day.
With a split in its first two games, Team Bordes needed to sweep a pair of games on Saturday, May 21, to advance to the final four. Cole did his part in the first game, tossing a complete-game, three-hitter that included only one walk and an unearned run in a 7-1 victory over Central Sarasota No. 3. So dominant was Cole that he faced only one batter over the minimum. In two innings, he needed only seven pitches to retire the side and incredibly he took only four pitches to retire the side in the fourth inning.
The Team Bordes offense supported Cole with three runs in the bottom of the third. Singles by Mozelski and Scott Wollett put some ducks on the pond for Chad Wickersham who brought both runners home with a double in the left-center field gap. Sean Price then plated Wickersham with a single to center for all the runs Cole would need on this day.
Price went 2-for-4 including a triple and two runs scored, while Wollett and Mozeleski each had a pair of singles and one run scored to lead Team Bordes at the plate. Other contributors include Pelkey and Cole, who each had singles, and Chad Wickersham, who doubled and scored one run.
Team Bordes easily won its second game 16-6 on Saturday afternoon as it 10-run ruled Venice No. 3 to advance to the final four teams. The highlight of Saturday・s game had to be Chad Wickersham・s at bat with two on and two out in the second inning. Wickersham worked the count full and proceeded to foul off seven pitches before parking the ball over the left field fence for a three-run home run and a 6-0 lead.
Wickersham finished the day 2-for-4 including a home run, double and five RBIs, while Zack Thomas and Carl Ricciardi each went 2-for-2. Sean Price added a pair of singles and two runs scored and Nathan Mozeleski singled and scored one run to round out the Team Bordes offense.
Team Bordes will play Braden River no. 1 on Monday, May 23 and a win would have them playing the next night against Venice no. 1. Wins in both of those games would match them up against Braden River no. 1 who they would have to beat twice to win the championship. Look for a report on how Team Bordes fares next week. Good luck, guys!
Not too late for football
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is still accepting applications for Dolphin football. Kids are welcome to join the program that produced the 2002 Police Athletic League Junior Varsity Superbowl champions.
Approximately 25-30 players and or parents showed up for the May 18 meeting at the Center, which was called to share information about the PAL football league and to gauge the interest level among Island youth.
Center athletic director Andy Jonatzke said he was encouraged by the turnout. ：The turnout was pretty good considering there were 24 or our potential players in a Little League baseball game at the time.； Jonatzke said the Center will continue accepting applications for the next three or four weeks.
PAL has four age/weight divisions starting with flag football for ages 6-7 (as of September 1). Flag football carries no weight restrictions. Mighty Mites must be age 8-10 and under 125 pounds, while JV is for 11- to 12-year-olds under 145 pounds. The oldest division is varsity for age 13-14 players who are under 165 pounds.
For more information, call Jonatzke at 778-1908.
AMICC basketball heats up summer
The Anna Maria Island Community Center・s summer basketball camp is now accepting applications. Players ages 9-13 are encouraged to sign up for one of two sessions at a cost of $35 for members and $50 for non-members.
Players receive a camp jersey and trophies will be awarded for various categories such as shooting, defense, sportsmanship and most improved. Session 1 runs Monday-Friday, June 6-17 from noon-2 p.m. except the first day, which starts at 11 a.m.
Session 2 runs runs noon-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 18-29. Registration deadline is May 31 for both sessions.
For more information, contact Jonatzke at 778-1908.
Key Royale golf news
Luanne Collins had a chip-in on hole No. 6 on the way to a one-over-par 33 to win Class B low net in the nine-hole Key Royale Golf Club ladies・ golf action on Tuesday, May 17. Collins finished one stroke ahead of Jeanette Cashman (34) and two strokes ahead of Mary P. Miller, who shot a 35.
Class A winner was Joyce Reith, who blistered the course with a three-under 29, one stroke ahead of Nancy Grimme and Cindi Mansour, who both shot 30. Judy Miller was a shot back at 31 in Class A action.
Diane Miller managed a birdie on hole No. 6, while Penny Williams and Tootie Wagner had chip-ins on holes eight and one respectively.
Anna Maria horseshoe winners
Ron Pepka of Anna Maria and Debbie Rhodes of Cortez captured the May 21 horseshoe contest at the Anna Maria City Hall pits over the runner-up team of Tom Rhodes of Cortez and Tom Skoloda of Anna Maria.
Debbie Rhodes and Tom Rhodes of Cortez won the May 18 contest, defeating Anna Maria residents Ron Pepka and Carol Watson.
The weekly contests get under way every Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria City Hall Park located at 10005 Gulf Drive. There are no membership fees and everyone is welcome.