LITTLE LEAGUE ROUNDUP

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Jake Weingarten smacks a hit in another Cups victory.Photo Courtesy of Steven Perez
Jake Weingarten smacks a hit in another Cups victory.
On the weekend before the post season is set to begin, The Slayers demonstrated their playoff-ready grit with a doubleheader sweep, while Three of Cups showed heart and support for a teammate.
 
The College Point Slayers closed out their regular season with a doubleheader against two Dwarf Giraffe teams, sweeping both games and finishing with an 11-2-1 record. The two wins guaranteed them second place in the Queens Nassau Baseball League.
 
In game one, College Point left Bowles Corporation wondering what went wrong, in a 10-0 drubbing. Brandon “Hoops” Henrich pitched four scoreless innings with Justin Cromer closing the door in the fifth. The defensive highlight of the game came when Henrich started a 1-2-3 double play to end Bowles’ one out, bases loaded rally. Henrich fielded the hit, tossed to Anthony “Rolls” Rolleri, who then threw to Anthony “Swish” Rivera at first base.
 
The second game was a bit more of a nail bitter, with the Slayers doubling up New York Paving Stone, 6-3. Anthony “Swish” Rivera soldiered through 5 2/3 innings, yielding to Ryan O’Hagan who came in and recorded the final out. The Slayers were trailing 3-2 with two outs in the top half of the sixth, but rallied for four two-out runs to grab the lead. The Slayers’ offensive punch was led by Anthony “Rolls” Rolleri, Sean Reed, Kristian Bonaventura, Brandon “Hoops” Henrich, Justin Cromer and Anthony “Swish” Rivera.
 
In the Bayside Little League, Three of Cups lost to York Electric, 8-7, in the first game of their double-dip, but salvaged game two with a 16-11 victory over RDS Industries.
 
In the first game, Three of Cups took an early lead behind the hitting of Michael Hom, Jake Weingarten, Savino Barile and Nicholas Perez. Texas Farm call-up Thomas LaPinta played a superb centerfield, getting the ball in quickly on numerous occasions. Cups pitchers Christopher Gluck and Johnny Kosnar pitched well, but York Electric wouldn’t be denied.
 
Cups faired much better in the nightcap, exploding offensively against RDS Industries. Hurler Nicholas Perez had big league stuff, striking out several RDS players and also taking care of a couple of defensive plays from the mound as well. Perez also dominated from the plate, smashing a grand slam to continue his hot streak. However, this game was won on the backs of the relief crew with Dylan Rinfret, Savino Barile and Jake Weingarten all combining to stifle an RDS rally.
 
Finally, the Cups showed sportsmanship and camaraderie off the diamond as well. The team participated in a charity walk for one of their players stricken with epilepsy. The Walk for Jake & the Cure for Epilepsy took place on Tuesday, June 8 and saw many teammates, families and supporters come out to show solidarity. The event was arranged by Jake’s sister, 14-year-old Dani.
 
            For anyone who wishes to help support the Walk for Jake and the Cure for Epilepsy, donations can be sent to:
 
North Shore – LIJ Health System Foundation
Attn: Walk for Jake & the Cure for Epilepsy
125 Community Drive
Great Neck, NY 11021