|Islanders pitcher Ben Valdivieso delivers a pitch during a heartbreaking 11-7 home-opening loss.
|Stephen Thomas carries the ball forward for his U14 Region C winning IMG soccer team. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Islanders snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
A pair of Islander errors in the top of the seventh inning kept Champ
Products alive, leading to a nine-run inning and an 11-7 loss by The
Anna Maria Islanders junior league baseball team.
who had allowed only two hits and two runs through
six innings, took a 7-2 lead into the fateful seventh
inning. He walked lead-off hitter Garrett Russini,
but got brother Patrick Russini looking at strike three
for out No. 1. Casey Najjar singled to right, putting
Braden River runners on first and third. Valdivieso
then induced two Sunday-hop ground balls to shortstop,
but two throws in the dirt ignited the Braden River
boys, who sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning
on the way to an 11-7 victory.
jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when
Tyler Gochar reached on a fielder's choice in
front of Brad McCutcheon, who singled. Dallas Downing
reached on an error to score Gochar before Jake Merrill
singled in McCutcheon for a 2-0 lead.
got one run back in the bottom half of the fourth when
Brandon Dengler reached on a fielder's choice
and moved to third on a passed ball and a stolen base.
There he easily scored on Cory Wash's fielder's
choice ground ball.
scored four runs in the fifth when Matt Shafer and
Ben Paul walked in front of Joey Hutchinson, who was
hit by a pitch to load the bases. Troy Kosewski brought
home Shafer and Paul with a bloop single to center.
The Champ Products catcher received the throw from
center field, then attempted to gun down Hutchinson
at third. His throw sailed into left field allowing
Hutchinson to score and Kosewski to advance to third.
Dengler then followed with a single to right to score
Kosewski for a 5-2 lead.
Wash walked and
Valdivieso reached on an error to lead off the sixth.
Shafer then hit a fly ball to right field that the
right-fielder played into a triple, scoring Wash and
Valdivieso for a 7-2 lead.
Duncan extends AAA lead
Duncan Real Estate
won another pair of games to extend its winning streak
to four and open up a sizable lead in the AAA Little
League standings, despite the season being only a couple
of weeks old.
defeated Morgan Stanley 9-3 on April 1 behind the hot
hitting of Blake Wilson, who went 3-for-3 including
a double and three runs scored. Wilson also pitched
three innings in relief of Duncan starter Max Moneuse
and struck out eight Morgan Stanley batters to earn
the win. Hunter Parrish added a single and two runs
scored to the Duncan attack that also received a two-run
double from Alex Burgess and a single and one run scored
from Justin Succa. Michael Dolan and Moneuse each had
singles on the day for Duncan.
and Martine Miller each singled and scored one run
to pace the Morgan Stanley offense, which also received
singles from Lee Bergeron and Pate in the loss.
its first win on the season when it mercy-ruled Morgan
Stanley 14-3 in three innings on March 29. Trevor Bystrom
went 3-for-3, including a double and three runs scored,
while Jake Rappe and Daniel Janisch each went 2-for-3
with two runs scored. Tommy Price also went 2-for-3
and scored three runs, including a three-run triple
to right in the first inning. Daniel Pimental doubled
and scored twice and Austin Wash tripled and scored
one run for WMFD in the victory.
Joel Hart singled
and scored one run to lead Morgan Stanley, which also
received single runs from Kyle Parsons and Julian Botero
in the loss.
Duncan Real Estate
edged WMFD 13-10 on March 27 in a game that saw both
teams combine for 21 base-on-balls allowed. Duncan
managed only four base hits, which were led by Blake
Wilson's three-run double in the second inning.
Hunter Parrish and Michael Dolan each singled and scored
two runs for Duncan in the victory.
Tommy Price led
WMFD with a pair of hits including an inside-the-park
homerun in the fourth inning. Trevor Bystrom singled
and scored three runs and Daniel Janisch doubled and
scored twice for WMFD in the loss.
Islander Thomas on championship team
resident Stephen Thomas of Anna Maria and his IMG Soccer
Academy teammates captured the Region C Cup in Tampa
over the March 25-26 weekend. The competition, a three-weekend
tournament, actually started March 3, when IMG won
two games and tied one to advance to the second round.
It defeated the Cobras 3-0 and tied Hernando Heat 1-1
on March 3, then came back the following day and defeated
East Lake 3-1.
The March 11-12
weekend saw IMG again win two games and tie one to
advance to the semifinals. It tied Valrico 1-1 in its
first game on March 11 before rolling past Estero by
a 5-0 score. The next morning, the IMG boys squeaked
past the Sarasota Storm by a 1-0 score.
IMG played its
best soccer when it counted most as they avenged the
only "blemishes" in their championship
run. They defeated the Hernando Heat 2-0 in the semifinals
and then edged Valrico by a 1-0 score to capture the
Region C cup championship.
with fellow central midfielder Mark Poncin, controlled
the middle thanks to their tremendous tackling and
passing abilities. They were helped by mid-fielders
Ernesto Nemer and Adam Vining, whose tenacious play
helped feed forwards Kyle Bellingar, Matt Unzicker,
Carter Dorton, Chaz Heller, Brandon Rolland and Anthony
Dumas anchored IMG's stingy defense, which allowed
only three goals throughout the Region C Cup. Supporting
him were defenders Juan Hopkins, Jeremy Thompson, John
Voychik, Teren Pennebacker and Kyle Harris.
Thomas and IMG!
Key Royale golf news
Nancy King fired
a two-under par 30 to win flight A in the Key Royale
Club women's low-net golf competition March 28.
Joyce Brown and Judy Crowe tied for second with 33,
while Lois Biel, Barb Carr, Dorothy McKinna, Cindy
Miller, Tootie Wagner and Penny Williams tied for fourth
Flight B winners
were Barb Manson and Mary Pat Swarmy, who tied with
29, two shots better than third-place finisher Jane
Flight C went
to Dee Bassett, Nell Bergstrom and Shirley Cessna,
who each shot 35, while flight D winners were Teddy
Morgan and Jean Tourt.
Ron Pepka and
George Page defeated "walker" Adin Shank
by a 21-17 score to win the March 29 horseshoe competition
at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Pepka and Page advanced
to the finals by besting Ron Chance and Rod Bussey.
March 25, Sam Samuels and Norm Langeland came from
behind to defeat John Johnson and Hank Huyghe 21-20.