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Final Little League Clinic Sunday

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The Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Little League is holding its final pre-season player clinic this Sunday, March 13, at Pierson High School from 1 to 5 p.m. Softball players are in first: 7-to-9 year olds from 1 to 2 p.m. and 10-to-12 year olds from 2 to 3 p.m.; baseball players follow: 7-to-9 year olds in from 3 to 4 p.m. and 10-to-12 year olds from 4 to 5 p.m.

The Player Evaluation Day for the 9-to-12 year old divisions in each sport is set for March 27 at Pierson. That Sunday, softballers go noon to 2 p.m. with the baseballers in from 2 to 4 p.m.

To be eligible for the Player Evaluation, softball players must have been 9 but not yet 13 as of December 31, 2010 and baseball players must be 9 but not yet 13 as of April 30, 2011, as per the Little League rules for each sport,

Registration for the spring season is available online at sagharborlittleleague.org. The registration deadline for all the divisions, from T-ball to majors, is March 19.

Little League Update

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Every division, from t-ball to majors, on the field at least one afternoon this past week, the Sag Harbor Bridgehampton Little League debuts league play this coming week.

The baseball majors’ teams open Monday: PBA at Lions Field in Bridgehampton and SHFD at Flying Point in Southampton. The softball majors and the baseball AAA stars are ready to shine Tuesday: softball in Mashashimuet Park and AAA at SYS in Southampton. All games start at 5:45 p.m.

The chapter holds its final CPR/first aid training session tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Pierson High School. Managers and coaches are required to attend and all volunteers are welcome.

The next board meeting is set for May 17 at 8 p.m. at Pierson.

Little League: Seven Pitchers Get a Win

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By Benito Vila

Late Wednesday afternoon the Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton entry into the regional 13-to-15-year old Little League-sanctioned “Senior League” took the field in Mashashimuet Park for a single-elimination playoff game. In taking the league’s second seed with a 6-3-1 mark, the team earned home field advantage to host third-place Southampton.

The winner, to be posted online today, will play the winner of the East Hampton-Hampton Bays match-up for the league title on Monday. The site of that game will be determined by yesterday’s outcomes, the higher remaining seed becoming the home team.

This week the Sag Harbor boys finished off their summer season with a pair of wins, prevailing 6-3 over Southampton last Wednesday and 12-11 over East Hampton Monday. The win last week clinched the second seed and the win Monday saw seven different pitchers take the mound.

With 20 on the roster, not everyone has seen playing time each game. That was not the case Monday, players rotating through various positions in the field and all but one player seeing at least two at-bats.

Playing third base and first base, outfielder Sean Hartnett made all his plays at his “new” positions. Coming on to pitch in the fifth with Sag Harbor leading East Hampton 8-6, Hartnett saw the first two batters get on with a hit and an error and advance to second and third. The go-ahead run at the plate, Hartnett struck out the side in order to preserve the lead.

Kyle Sturmann turned in the most efficient pitching performance of the afternoon setting down the Bonackers on eight pitches, all but one a strike. Also pitching complete innings were Michael Heller, Ian Barrett, Hunter Leyser, Emet Evjen and Paul Dorego.

Long hits from Gavin Kudlak, Sean Romeo and Jake Weingartner rallied Sag Harbor from a 3-0 deficit early on, but it was a Jeremy Pepper RBI ground out in the fourth that pushed the team ahead for good. Connor Vorhaus, who scored in both of his at-bats, turned in one of the more memorable plays of the game in the top of that inning, getting to a blooper behind second base to keep the score close.

The Clincher

With home field and the second seed on the line against Southampton last Wednesday, Forrest Loesch tossed five-innings of one-hit ball. He also drove in three runs in helping his team build a 6-2 lead in the home fourth.

With Heller providing two innings of one-hit, one-run relief, the springtime Pierson Whalers secured their playoff seeding. Sturmann turned a double play with Kudlak in the sixth and Heller struck out two in the seventh to keep the Mariners from coming back.

Schiavoni Stars: Baseball Takes Young Aaron Places

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By Benito Vila

Soon-to-be Pierson eighth grader Aaron Schiavoni has been playing baseball at a whole new level this summer, competing in tournaments with the Dix Hills and Farmingdale-based Long Island Spartans. Eschewing the local Little League all-stars and a Brookhaven-based travel team for the Spartans, Schiavoni recently traveled to Disney’s “Salute To Baseball” tournament in Orlando at the Wide World of Sports complex.

The Spartans, competing in a 12-and-under bracket, brought home the tournament title. In doing so, the Spartans played three teams from Illinois, three from Florida, one from Ohio, one from Venezuela and one from the Dominican Republic.

A 3-2 sixth-inning walk-off loss to the Dominican Republic’s Liga Enrique Cruz pushed the Spartans into the number two seed after the first round of pool play. In the championship round, the Spartans went 3-0, avenging the first-round loss with an 8-5 win in the title game.

Aaron’s father, Rich reported, “They said it was the first time in three or four years that an American team had won the 12-and-under title. It was an unbelievable experience. After the game both teams exchanged hats and jerseys. It was a great display of sportsmanship.”

Aaron primarily played catcher in the tournament, although he also played some third base and pitched a few innings. In the championship game, he was two-for-three with three RBIs and two runs scored.

The Spartans are due to play another tournament in Cooperstown next month. In the meantime, the team is playing in a 12-and-under league at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank and 13-and-under National Junior Baseball mid-island.

The Schiavonis are finding themselves traveling west a good deal this summer, Rich saying “The team practices and trains at least twice a week in Farmingdale or Dix Hills depending on the weather and the game schedule. Between the two leagues, the team is playing 46 games this summer, not including the tournaments.”


Closer to home


The Fire Department-sponsored 13-to-15 year old Senior League team has not traveled quite so far but has been in Mashashimuet Park four days a week since the end of school. The team of 20 has been adjusting to vacation schedules and summer jobs each time it takes the field.

Going into yesterday’s game with Southampton, the senior leaguers were 4-3-1. A 2-1 win over East Hampton last Wednesday and a 4-1 win over Southampton Monday have given the boys the inside track to the number two seed and home field advantage in next week’s playoffs.

What has amazed many has been the length of the last two games, the first lasting just an hour and fifteen minutes and the second an hour and thirty minutes. Those times are somewhat unusual for the age group, which, at the middle school level, plays with two-hour time limits, many games not going much past the fifth inning.

Pitching and defense have been the keys to both wins, Jake Weingartner and Colman Vila efficiently tossing complete games with only one error in the field behind them in 14 innings of play. Weingartner allowed East Hampton just six hits, striking out nine and walking none, while Vila surrendered just five hits to Southampton, striking out five and walking one.

Michael Heller has proved to be catalyst on offense, a double each game and smart baserunning sparking the attack. Gavin Kudlak and Forrest Loesch delivered RBI singles in back-to-back at bats Monday to give Sag Harbor a 2-0 lead. Heads-up baserunning by Paul Dorego, Hunter Leyser and Emet Evjen after a walk and a pair of infield rollers made the score 4-0.

The senior leaguers are home Monday against East Hampton and hope to be home again next Wednesday to open the playoffs. Their games start at 5:30 p.m.

In Little League, Stelle Takes Title

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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.


Baseball Notes


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.


LL Graduates


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.

Little League Registration to Close; Clinics This Weekend

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The Sag Harbor Bridgehampton Little League continues its off-season player clinics this Sunday in the Pierson High School gym. This is the last of the six free workouts and the last day for in-person registration at the school.

Registration for all levels will also be taken next Sunday at SYS on Majors Path in Southampton while skill and safety evaluations are being conducted for softball and baseball players ages 9-to-12. Players at those ages must be present for those evaluations to be eligible for the draft pools for their sport. Softball players are expected at noon next Sunday and baseball players at 1:30 p.m.

At this Sunday’s clinics at Pierson, softball players 7-and-up are due in first at 1 p.m. followed by softball players 9-and-up at 2 p.m. Those sessions will be led by Pierson varsity softball coach Melissa Edwards and her players.

Baseball players 7-and-up are asked to come in at 3 p.m. this Sunday and baseball players 9-and-up at 4 p.m. The chapter’s coaching coordinator, Jeff Warne, will lead those two sessions.

All player and volunteer forms are due by March 22. That cut-off date includes player registration for t-ball (players 5-and-up) and minors (ages 7-and-up). For more information on the chapter’s programs, 2009 registration, the winter clinics and the AAA/majors evaluations, visit sagharborlittleleague.org.

Little League Clinics Return

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The Sag Harbor Bridgehampton Little League resumes its off-season player clinics this Sunday in the Pierson High School gym. The last of the six free workouts is set for next Sunday.

Softball players 7-and-up are due in first this Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by softball players 9-and-up at 2 p.m. Those sessions will be led by Pierson varsity softball coach Melissa Edwards and her players.

Baseball players 7-and-up are asked to come in at 3 p.m. and baseball players 9-and-up at 4 p.m. The chapter’s coaching coordinator, Jeff Warne, will lead those two sessions.

Player registration packets and chapter volunteer forms will be available at the clinics. All player and volunteer forms are due by March 22, which is the tryout/evaluation date for the AAA and majors programs (for softball and baseball players ages 9-to-12). That cut-off date includes player registration for t-ball (players 5-and-up) and minors (ages 7-and-up).

The AAA/majors tryouts will be held at SYS on Majors Path in Southampton, softball from noon to 1:30 p.m. and baseball from 1:30 to 4 p.m. For more information on the chapter’s programs, 2009 registration, the winter clinics and the AAA/majors tryouts, visit sagharborlittleleague.org.


Little League Clinics Continue

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The 2009 Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Little League continues its winter clinics pre-Super Bowl this Sunday in the Pierson High School gym. Softball players 7-and-up are in first at 1 p.m. followed by softball players 9-and-up at 2 p.m. Those sessions will be led by Pierson varsity softball coach Melissa Edwards and her players.

Baseball players 7-and-up are asked to come in at 3 p.m. and baseball players 9-and-up at 4 p.m. The chapter’s coaching coordinator, Jeff Warne, will lead those two sessions.

There will also be clinics February 8, and March 8 and 15. The clinic on February 8 will be led by All-Pro Sports Academy. Anyone interested in coaching in the baseball program at any level is asked to attend next Sunday from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

Tryouts for players ages 9-to-12, eligible for the softball and baseball programs’ majors and AAA divisions, are set for March 22 at SYS on Majors Path, Southampton. Player registration materials and more in-depth schedules are available at sagharborlittleleague.org. 

Little League: Board Moves Online

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In its first pre-season planning session on Tuesday the 2009 Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Little League board agreed to offer online registration via eteamz, to keep registration fees at the $85 per player, $135 per family rate set in 2006 and to institute a $20 late registration fee for those submitting information after March 15.

The new board also targeted dates for its winter softball and baseball clinics and for its majors-and-AAA tryouts. Those dates, which must be approved by the host facilities, are: January 11 and 24, February 1 and 8, and March 8 for softball and baseball clinics at Pierson with tryouts March 15 for the majors and AAA programs (for players aged 9-to-12).

Updated information on the clinics dates, tryouts and registration will be available in the coming week on the chapter’s site: sagharborlittleleague.org. The next board meeting is on December 17 at Pierson at 7 p.m.


Softball Times Change

Because of the large turnout at last Saturday’s softball clinics at Pierson High School, there has been a slight adjustment in the schedule. Girls in fifth and sixth grades are to come in at 4 p.m. this Saturday, with that session going until 5:30 p.m.; girls in seventh grade and up should be ready to go at 5:30 p.m. with their workout finishing at 7 p.m.

The clinics will be led by Bay Shore varsity softball coach Jim McGowan, who will return to lead two more sessions on December 6 and 13, also at Pierson High School. There is a $25 fee for each session. The free wintertime chapter-led clinics will likely start after the New Year’s holiday.


Whalers Still Whalers

Little League graduate and Pierson baseball standout Mike Labrozzi (currently at Farmingdale State) has signed to play summer baseball with the Sag Harbor Whalers in the Hamptons Division of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. The Whalers, who will play all their home games in Mashashimuet Park next summer, were the league’s runner-up in their 2008 debut.

On the Whaler squad this past summer was 2007 Pierson graduate Dan Reiser (currently at Springfield College). Reiser has also signed on to the Whalers squad for the coming summer and is already looking forward getting on the mound in the park a few more times. 

Season Starts for 2009 Little Leaguers

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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:  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.


Boys Up-Island

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.