The Stelle Architect team, coached by Ted Schiavoni, John “Woody” Kneeland and Faith Diskin, took the 2009 majors softball title on Monday, outscoring JCP Landscaping, 13-3. The win concluded an undefeated 11-0 campaign for Stelle, the brilliant pitching of Sam Duchemin allowing the team to flourish in the field.
That confidence also carried into the team’s at-bats, as was evident Monday when a seven-run sixth inning broke open a close 6-3 game. Coach Schiavoni was thrilled with his team afterwards, saying, “We had a lot of outstanding plays by a lot of different girls, Sam Duchemin, Sabrina Baum, Meg Schiavoni, Bridget Canavan, Zoe Diskin and Claire Kunzeman.”
Praising the team as a whole, he added, “The bottom of the line-up proved to be as productive as the top. Sometimes you have the talent but things don’t come together. This one was a good season; this team just gelled.”
JCP was the championship runner-up for the second consecutive year, manager Jeff Peters once again bringing together young talent for a strong playoff run. The JCP team finished the season at 5-9.
For the second spring in a row, the Sag Harbor girls played against each other and against their Southampton counterparts, the two Little League chapters working together to give their players a more varied experience. The two chapter’s majors’ baseball programs also came together for “inter-league play” this spring, the 9-and-10-year-old and 11-and-12-year-old divisions each scheduling regular-season games.
The post-season baseball playoffs are still underway, the majors’ final seeing the Sag Harbor PBA take on the Sag Harbor Fire Department and the AAA final having Sag Harbor’s Ace Hardware against a yet-to-be-determined Southampton team.
Local Little League tournament play for the 11-and-12 year old baseball division “all-stars” is due to start at the end of the month, with the full roster of that team being announced next week. That is the only tournament team the Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Little League will field this year, the softball majors and baseball minors divisions being short on available players.
The chapter’s 13-to-15-year-old senior league baseball program opens play this week, the Sag Harbor team hosting Southampton in Mashashimuet Park Monday and traveling there Wednesday. Both games are due to start at 5:30 p.m.
Five senior league “graduates” are playing travel baseball this summer. One of them, Kyle McGowin, an all-county honoree at Pierson, pitched a no-hitter Sunday, leading the Long Island Tigers (from Flushing) to a doubleheader sweep of Eastport South Manor in a 17-and-under league.
The nationally competitive Tigers are due to play in tournaments in Louisiana and Virginia in July, with the hopes of matching the success of last year’s 17-and-under squad which won the 2008 National Amateur Baseball Federation’s 17-and-under World Series.
Closer to home, all-league Pierson seniors Joe Mascali and Ryan Miller are suiting up for the 17-and-under East Hampton Sharks while Pierson juniors Brandon Kruel and T.J. Arreguin are playing for a Shoreham team in the Brookhaven Police Athletic League.
Last Thursday, Kruel threw six-innings of two-hit ball, striking out eight as Shoreham beat the Long Island Bandits (of East Northport), 5-3. Arreguin threw a runner out at the plate from right field to preserve his new team’s narrow lead late in the game.
The pair’s roles were reversed Monday when Arreguin pitched six innings of one-hit shutout ball in a 1-0 win over the Center Moriches-based Long Island Ducks while Kruel played an errorless right field and contributed a hit.