Hot Stove Starts
The Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Little League held elections last Thursday. The top vote-getters were assigned roles on the 2009 board as follows:Â Rich Decker, president; Rich Schiavoni, vice president; Sean Crowley, player agent; Mike Spolarich, treasurer; Kevin Major, secretary; Brian DiRussa, registrar; John Chisholm, safety officer; Jeff Warne, coaches’ coordinator; Scott Brooks, baseball coordinator; Charlie Canavan, softball coordinator; Bruce Schiavoni, umpire coordinator.
The new board is having its first meeting Tuesday, November 18 at 6 p.m. at the Pierson High School. Planning for registration and winter clinics will be the top items on the agenda.
Softball Warms Up
The chapter has planned a series of four off-season softball clinics for players 10-and-up. Led by legendary Bay Shore varsity coach Jim McGowan, the first of the sessions is set for this Saturday in the Pierson High School gym from 4 to 7 p.m.
The other sessions are scheduled for November 22, December 6 and 13, also from 4 to 7 p.m. also at Pierson. There is a $25 fee for each session. The free wintertime chapter-led clinics will start after the New Year’s holiday.
Several of the chapter’s baseball graduates played in Brookhaven Elite leagues this fall in post-Little League age groups. Elite League president Al Conforti welcomed soon-to-be Whalers Ian Barrett, Nick Kruel, Forrest Loesch, Gavin O’Brien, Jon Paul Sadowsky and Aaron Schiavoni. Returning Pierson players Colman Vila, Paul Dorego, Brandon Kruel and Ryan Miller also went west for weekend doubleheaders.
Without Little League-sanctioned Fallball being available for the first time in many years, John Chisholm organized an 11-and-under travel team for some of the baseball program’s returning players. They played as the “Wharf Ratz” in a Brookhaven Elite league allowing leading and stealing on fields with 75-foot base paths and a 51-foot pitcher’s mound; these distances are slightly longer than Little League but shorter than those found in middle school and beyond, and are not available on any of the Sag Harbor fields.
“It was a first taste of real baseball for these kids and it was fun to watch them get it,” said Coach Chisholm. “They went 7-0 in the summer at the Little League distances so this was a little bit more of a challenge for them. They had to learn new things about the game against a higher level of competition.”
The Wharf Ratz went 5-3 this fall, facing teams from Bayport, East Setauket, Stony Brook and Brookhaven. Jack Bori, Charles Canavan, John Chisholm, Ryan Chisholm, Addison Cook, Jack FitzPatrick, Theo Gray, and Kyle Sturmann of Sag Harbor were joined on the roster by Brady Yusko and Pete Shilowich of East Hampton and Bobby Joyce and Eric Dorfman of Quogue. Sag Harbor’s Aaron Schiavoni, Philip Miller and Duncan Bennett were part of the undefeated Wharf Ratz summer team.
“Now that the Wharf Ratz have been incorporated and we have the insurance we need, I’d like to keep the team going and maybe add a 10-and-under team. It’s nice option to have for the kids who want to keep playing once Little League season ends,” explained Coach Chisholm.