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Bayside Little League Rebels honored during Sunday Stroll

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Photo courtesy Bayside Little League Rebels

After winning the Borough Cup last month by defeating the Richmond County Raiders at Yankee Stadium, the Bayside Little League Rebels were honored during the annual Bell Boulevard Sunday Stroll on Sept. 27.

Special guests Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Assemblyman Edward Braunstein came out to Bayside to congratulate the boys, and one girl, of the Rebels on capturing the Borough Cup for Queens and for their impressive season.

After speaking to the team and acknowledging what they had accomplished the public officials had a couple of surprises for the championship team.

First, Braunstein presented a certificate of merit presented to each member of the team in recognition of their achievement in winning the Borough Cup. Secondly, the team as a whole was presented with a Citation of Honor from the Queens Borough President’s Office for, “defeating the Richmond County Raiders and demonstrating that years of hard work, dedication and fun will bring you to your dream.  The team is six years in the making and one girl strong.”

After the presentation of the certificates and citation, the Rebels had the chance to take photos with both Katz and Braunstein.


St. John’s men’s soccer opens up Big East play with scoreless draw against Marquette

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St. John’s Red Storm goalie John Stagmiller made a career-high nine saves as his team played to a 0-0 tie against Marquette at Belson Stadium on Saturday, to open up Big East Conference play.

“Marquette has a lot of offensive weapons and they came in here well-rested so we knew it would be a typical Big East battle,” said Dr. Dave Masur, Red Storm head coach. “I thought our guys did well to meet that challenge and earn a result. We are still learning, but we are continuing to get better and tonight was a big step.”

The Golden Eagles put the pressure on Stagmiller early on as Kelmend Islami had a shot in the fifth minute, David Selvaggi blasted a shot in the ninth minute before C. Nortey collected the rebound and sent a shot attempt high. Alex McBride had his shot attempt blocked in the 11th minute before Stagmiller saved a follow-up shot from Selvaggi.

St. John’s was held without a shot until the 36th minute of the contest when Lucas Fagotti made a run toward the right edge of the 18-yard box and beat a defender before unleashing a shot that bounced off the goalpost.

The second half was much of the same, with Marquette registering first shot of the half, but Stagmiller made the save.

The Red Storm was able to get some pressure as Filippo Ricupati had a shot blocked in the 50th minute and Jean Leveille missed high in the 55th minute. Marquette goalie Luis Barraza made saves against Leveille in the 62nd minute and Luis Esteves in the 66th minute.

The back-and-forth play continued throughout regulation as neither goaltender would relinquish a goal.

In overtime, both teams had their opportunities but could not sneak a go-ahead goal past Stagmiller or Barraza, resulting in a 0-0 draw.


BWG teams rack up more wins over the weekend

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The Blau Weiss Gottschee (BWG) U8 Blue team played Vera Soccer Academy this weekend and picked up right where they left off last week, scoring 11 goals in an impressive 11-2 victory.

The boys got off to a quick start, scoring their first goal in the opening 30 seconds of the contest. The goals were spread around the team, with four for Adrian Ithurralde, two for Jeremy Salazar, and one goal apiece for Gonzalo Manrique, Massimo Fargnoli, Youseff Elfaham, Eduardo Manrique and Peter Giannone.

The BWG 2003 team started its season with two great wins. First the boys won in the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL) opener 6-3 against Chelsea Piers, then the kids won their first NY Cup game 4-1 against the NY Stars.

In the NYCFC league, all of the BWG teams were victorious against DUSC, playing all the games at Pier 40 in Manhattan. As of now, after four games in the new league that is organized and run by the MLS team NYCFC, the 2006s and 2005s Blue teams are undefeated.

On the academy side, BWG, once again, faced off against MLS opposition with great success. On Saturday, the 14s tied against NYCFC 0-0. The 16s lost a close encounter against Montreal Impact 2-1, while the 18s won their game 1-0 against the Montreal Impact.

In the local derby, the 13s pre-academy team won against Met Oval 5-2. Goals for the 13s were scored by Trevor Muller, Sal Russo, Henry Carino, Jack McGlynn and Niko Andrioupoulos.


Interparish Basketball League looking for more teams for 20th year

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This year the Interparish Basketball League (IBL) will be celebrating its 20th year as part of the Interparish Sports Association (ISA), and it’s looking for more teams to register for the 2015-16 basketball season.

This nonprofit organization creates a basketball league for teams of players, boys and girls alike, aged 8 to 17 years-old, with different divisions for each age group.

“Right now we are trying to get more teams involved,” said Mark Mellone, vice president of the IBL. “We are trying to push more donations so we can do more things for the kids. This year we are trying to do some tournaments as well. On one or two weekends during the season we will try to hold tournaments.”

Mellone runs the IBL along with the organization’s president, Mike Rossetti. Together they have seen the IBL grow from just a handful of teams to an impressive 50 to 70 teams per year.

The IBL does not register individuals, only already formed teams. The teams are then placed in a division based on the age of the players.

“We accept teams from everywhere, it doesn’t matter, as long as they can meet the schedule,” Mellone said. “We do our best to work around the CYO schedule as well.”

The IBL is hosting a registration meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Knights of Columbus located at 3051 Nostrand Ave. in Brooklyn at 6:30 p.m. Any organization that registers and pays for their team for the 2015-16 winter season at this meeting will receive a 10 percent discount.

The winter season runs from the first week in December to just before the Easter and Passover holidays, and usually has eight to 12 games per season.

“It’s exciting because not many organizations have made it this far,” Mellone said of the IBL celebrating its 20th year. “It’s a nice feeling knowing that for 20 years we’ve helped get kids off the street so they have a place to go to play organized sports and learn the aspects of the games.”

For more information about the IBL, call 718-645-0269 or visit their website.


BWG soccer teams kick off fall season with impressive wins

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With the summer winding down, it was time for the Blau Weiss Gottschee (BWG) teams to take the pitch for the fall season this past weekend.

The BWG U8 Blue team took the field for the first game of the season and did not disappoint, winning by a score of 6-1. Good goalkeeping provided by Youssef Elfaham kept BWG U8 Blue in the game for the first half.

Heading into the second half with a 1-0 lead, the boys continued their good team play with great goaltending by second half goalkeeper Peter Giannone. Jeremy Salazar scored four times and Adrian Ithurralde added two of his own for BWG’s six goals.

BWG U8 White, led by Peter Scimemi, longtime BWG player and first-year coach, won their first game of the season at Brennan Field of Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village over the weekend by a score of 7-1 against FA Euro Pulcini. In the first half, BWG pressured the ball to find the back of the net twice and entered halftime with a 2-0 lead, with the first goal scored by Gregory Katehis from a pass from King Kwan and the second goal from Christopher Kantemeridis.

BWG U8 White

The U8 White team continued to apply pressure and were able to score five more goals in the second half. Goals were scored by Randy Pilatasig, Christopher Kantemeridis, Joaquin Reyes, Hadi Ali and Gregory Katehis.

On the academy side, BWG played against DC United in the MLS academy. All four BWG teams won their games. The 18s won 2-1; the 16s were victorious 1-0; the 15s won by a score of 3-1; and the 13s won 3-1.


St. John’s men’s soccer loses in overtime to No. 19 Denver

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The St. John’s Red Storm took an early lead against the 19th-ranked Denver Pioneers on Saturday, but couldn’t hold on as they lost 2-1 in overtime at Belson Stadium.

The Red Storm wasted no time getting on the board as Filippo Ricupati put a header just inside the near post for his first career goal to give St. John’s a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute of the game.

Denver tried to quickly rebound, but Red Storm goaltender Jordan Stagmiller stood tall as the Pioneers had chances in the 11th and 15th minutes.

“I thought our guys put forth a gutsy effort against a very technical Denver squad that likes to play a high-tempo game,” said Dr. Dave Masur, Red Storm head coach. “This is a very young team we have here and they’ve played five games against tough competition. We had some great chances early, but we still need to be sharper and more consistent on both ends of the field.”

The Red Storm had several more chances in the first half but could not increase their lead.

In the 21st minute, Mike Prosuk fired a shot right at Denver’s goalkeeper Dan Jackson. In the 23rd minute, St. John’s earned a free kick that saw Ricupati escape his coverage and drill a header that was stopped by Jackson. The Red Storm added two more chances as Adrian Welch missed high in the 33rd minute and Prosuk missed wide in the 35th.

After halftime the Pioneers came out looking for an equalizer and found it when Cole Stevenson put one past Stagmiller in the 61st minute to tie the score 1-1.

St. John’s had a few late chances to notch the go-ahead goal. The Red Storm had a free kick chance in the 88th minute. Marcus Lindqvist’s shot was blocked by Denver’s defensive wall. In the 90th minute, St. John’s had one final look as Devin Morgan sent a header wide and the game went to overtime.

The Pioneers would net the game-winner in the 97th minute when Chandler Crosswait launched a shot and got a deflection past Stagmiller to give Denver the win.

St. John’s returns to action Tuesday, Sept. 15, with a 7:30 p.m. game against Siena at Belson Stadium.


Serena Williams ousted from US Open in stunning upset

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Photo courtesy of Dominick Totino

Serena Williams’ quest for a Grand Slam came to a shocking end Friday at the U.S. Open.

Williams lost to 43rd-ranked Roberta Vinci, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the semifinals of the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium, in what many are calling one of the biggest upsets in tennis history.

Williams, the world’s No. 1 ranked player, opened the match strong, winning the first set 6-2. Vinci came back and won the second set 6-4, setting up a decisive third set. After dropping the first two games, Vinci came back to take a 4-3 lead. Williams got close, bringing the set to 5-4, but lost the next game, sealing the victory for Vinci.

Williams was on course to be the first woman to win a calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988. This was only the second time all year that William’s dropped a three-set match, bringing her record to 18-2.

Vinci’s win sets up an all-Italian final, as she faces off against fellow countrywoman Flavia Pennetta. Pennetta defeated No. 2 seed Simona Halep 6-1, 6-3 earlier in the day on Friday to advance to her first her first career Grand Slam final.

The women’s singles final is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 3 p.m.


St. John’s men’s soccer falls 2-0 against Hofstra

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The St. John’s Red Storm put forth a valiant effort against the undefeated Hofstra Pride, but came up short, falling 2-0 at Belson Stadium last weekend.

The Red Storm had the advantage in total shots (10-9), shots on goal (5-4) and corner kicks (6-1), but failed to score.

“Once again, I thought we played a good first half,” head coach of the Red Storm Dr. Dave Masur said. “Our guys competed until the end against a strong and physical Hofstra squad, but we had a couple of breakdowns that cost us. On the offensive side of the ball, we just weren’t able to consistently make that one final pass to finish the transition into the offensive third.”

After St. John’s took the first four shots of the game, Hofstra took the lead in the 28th minute when Joseph Holland passed the ball from midfield to Mani Walcott who was just outside the box. Walcott passed to Harri Hawkins who was waiting inside the box, and fired a shot passed the Red Storm keeper, Jordan Stagmiller, to give the Pride a 1-0 lead.

Hofstra added to its lead as Eshun Addy beat Stagmiller in the 47th minute to make it a 2-0 game in the 47th minute.

The Red Storm will look to get into the win column against Denver on Sept. 12 at Belson Stadium at 7:30 p.m.


Bayside Little League Rebels capture Borough Cup Championship

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In a closely contested game, the Bayside Little League Rebels defeated the Richmond County Raiders by a score of 2-1 to earn the Borough Cup Championship at Yankee Stadium last week.

Both teams entered the championship game undefeated, with the Raiders holding a 4-0 record, while the Rebels were 5-0.

Before the game on Sept. 3, the teams got the chance to travel through Yankee Stadium to their locker rooms. When it was time to take the field, the Rebels marched through the halls of Yankee Stadium and onto the field.

“In a couple of words the experience was awe-inspiring and the site of the field breathtaking as the rusty brown clay, green grass and blue sky all come into view within the cavernous walls of the stadium,” said Steven Perez, press coordinator for the Rebels.

The pregame ceremony included ceremonial first pitches, which were thrown out by the Borough Cup’s co-founder John Franco, Hall of Fame pitcher for the New York Mets; and Omar Minaya, former Mets General Manager. After the National Anthem, it was time to play ball.


The Rebels took an early lead in the second inning when catcher Ray Winter led off with a walk. John DeCastro struck out on three pitches and Kevin O’Connor also struck out. With two outs in the inning, right fielder Regan Goger hit a single into the gap between the center and right fielders driving in Winter and putting the Rebels on the board 1-0.

The score remained the same as both pitchers controlled the game. In the bottom of the sixth the Raiders pulled even. Rebels pitcher John Callahan walked a batter, gave up a hit to right field and a blooper to third base to load the bases.

The number two batter for the Raiders hit a ground ball between second and first base, but Aristo Pagiatakis threw home to Winter to get the out at the plate. The lone Raiders run then came on a wild pitch, tying the game at 1-1.

In the top of the eighth inning, the Rebels managed to get the first two batters on base. With runners on second and third, the Raiders pitcher balked, allowing Becir Hot to score the go-ahead run, giving the Rebels a 2-1 lead.

The Rebels clinched the championship after Callahan finished the complete game with a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth.

“This team and their families have a lot to be thankful for the years of hard work, fun and tears that brought them to pinnacle of the game. Playing in a major league ball park is probably the dream of every young ball player, but these children have lived that dream twice, last year coming in second in the city and this year taking it all the way to be crowned champions,” Perez said. “They have learned more than how to play ball, they have learned to work together as a team, to build each other up and not criticize, to be respectful to their coaches, parents and each other.“


Martial arts tournament to be held at Queens College

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Each year, the U.S. Open Martial Arts Championship, one of the premier martial arts competition events on the East Coast, brings together hundreds of competitors from around the world to compete in a variety of matches. This year they are headed to Queens College to battle it out to find out who is the best.

The World Fighting Martial Arts Federation (WFMAF) is hosting the fifth U.S. Open Martial Arts Championship on Oct. 4 at Queens College, located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing.

Elite martial artists will compete in a variety of events in several different divisions and weight classes to win medals and cash prizes.

Competitors will face off in open-hand and weapons form competition in kung fu, karate, taekwondo, and wushu, as well as combat competitions in light contact sanda (light contact sparring), ultimate sanda (full contact sparring), shuai jiao (Chinese wrestling), judo, push hands, chi sao sparring and short weapons sparring.

At the culmination of the event, the grandmasters in attendance will give demonstrations of the arts, not normally seen at many venues.

For more information on how to register to be a participant or to order tickets, visit the WFMAF website.


Queens kids compete in citywide track and field sports games

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Children from Queens joined scores of kids from across New York City at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island for City Parks Foundation’s (CPF) 14th Annual CityParks Track & Field Citywide Championships on Aug. 12 for a day of healthy competition in a wide range of track and field events.

Over 2,000 kids, ages 5 to 16, broke off into teams to compete in several events over the course of the day including javelin, discus, shot put, triple jump, long jump, 400- and 800-meter runs, hurdles, a 4×100-meter relay, and the 100-meter dash.

Children with special needs participated in events including a 100-meter dash that included children in wheelchairs, as well as several other events. In addition, there was a “giant” relay race for runners ages 5 to 7. Championship medals were awarded at peewee, beginner and intermediate levels.

CityParks Track & Field, presented by EmblemHealth, offers free track and field instruction for children ages 5 to 16, with lessons held two times a week from July through August in parks across the city.

Through its partnership with EmblemHealth, CPF’s free annual youth track and field instruction also provides the children and their families with health tips including sun safety tips, hydration information, and other wellness information and special giveaways.

CPF is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in parks throughout the five boroughs. It works in more than 350 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of programs in an effort to promote healthy and vibrant communities, reaching 425,000 people each year.


Red Storm men’s soccer draws with Manhattan Jaspers in exhibition match

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Photo courtesy St. John's Athletics

The St. John’s Red Storm began its exhibition schedule with a 1-1 draw against the Manhattan Jaspers at Belson Stadium on Aug. 15. A total of 20 Red Storm players saw action in the contest, including eight newcomers.

The game, which was played in three 30-minute periods, saw the Red Storm goalkeepers Andrew Withers, Michael Bernardi and Jordan Stagmiller each play one 30-minute period with Stagmiller recording the lone Red Storm save.

“It was good for us to open our exhibition season with a tough and physical match against a quality Manhattan squad,” said Dr. Dave Masur, head coach for the Red Storm soccer team. “We used a lot of players tonight because we have a number of newcomers and it was important for them to get their feet wet.”

Manhattan had only one shot in the first period, but made it count and grabbed an early 1-0 lead. A 40-yard strike from just inside the right sideline caught goaltender Withers off his line and came down just below the crossbar to put the Jaspers on the board.

St. John’s, meanwhile, tallied three corner kicks in the first period and registered a pair of shots, but none found the back of the net.

The Red Storm added three more shots in the second period as well as two corner kicks, but could not level the score as the Jaspers maintained their 1-0 advantage.

The Jaspers held their lead until Prosuk found the back of the net nearly midway through the third period. Marcus Lindqvist started the play with a cross into the box from the left sideline. Prosuk received the ball at the near post and buried a close-range goal to tie the game at 1-1.

“I thought our guys did a good job moving the ball and creating some opportunities,” Masur said.

Neither team could muster a tie-breaking goal before the final whistle.

St. John’s returns to action and concludes exhibition play on Aug. 22 with a 1 p.m. road game at Penn State.


New York Riveters, city’s first female pro hockey team, set to take ice

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Photos courtesy Aviator Sports and Events Center

The New York Islanders won’t be the only professional hockey team to call Brooklyn home this coming season.

The New York Riveters of the newly formed National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) will play their home games at the Aviator Sports and Events Center located at Floyd Bennett Field.

Nicknamed for the iconic World War II-era “Rosie the Riveter” poster that became a symbol for women’s rights, the Riveters are one of the four inaugural teams that begin the NWHL season this October along with the Connecticut Whale, Boston Pride and Buffalo Beauts. The Riveters will play their first home game at the 2,000-seat sports center on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. against the Boston Pride.

“Aviator is a great fit for the Riveters in so many ways,” said Dani Rylan, commissioner of the NWHL and general manager of the New York Riveters. “With a team playing in New York City we’re poised to kick off our inaugural season with a prime market for our players to shine. Also, historically Floyd Bennett Field was home to a naval air station, which dovetails very well with our logo and name. As the commissioner of the league and [general manager] of the team, I am happy to build a home in Brooklyn.”


After the season opener in Connecticut, the Riveters begin a three-game home stand, which includes the home opener against Boston, Oct. 25 against Connecticut and Nov. 15 against Boston. The Riveters will begin the new year by facing off against the Whale in a home-and-home series on Jan. 1 and 2.

“It’s exciting to play in Brooklyn,” said Meghan Fardelmann, a forward out of Boston College. “We’ll be in the heart of it all. Being in New York City helps us with the very important mission to grow the sport of hockey to families in New York City.”

The Riveters’ final home game of the regular season will be on Feb. 14 against Buffalo. The playoffs will follow the regular season, which ends in March. In the coming weeks, the Riveters will announce on-sale dates for season and single game tickets.

The Riveters will host theme nights at Aviator Sports and Events Center, linking the team to local and national charities throughout the season, with dates to be announced in the coming weeks. They include “Strides for the Cure” to support cancer patients and families and Military Appreciation Night benefitting Defending the Blue Line. There will also be a canned food and coat drive, youth hockey night and hockey parent appreciation night.

“For Aviator, this is a wonderful addition to the already strong hockey programming and community that we’ve built,” said Dean Rivera, chief operating officer at Aviator Sports and Events Center. “We’re proud of the reputation we have and are excited to once again be home to a professional team at Aviator.”


Gastropub and beer bar is newest concession stand at Citi Field

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Photo courtesy of Randolph Group and Entertainment Fusion Group


Mets fans wanted it, and now they’ve got it — after winning the second annual Citi Call-Ups Program, Randolph Beer, an American gastropub and beer bar, will be joining the culinary lineup at Citi Field starting July 23 during the Mets’ first home game after the All-Star break.

The new concession stand will be offering the jerk chicken po’boy, a new take on a traditional southern sandwich crafted just for Citi Field by Randolph Executive Chef Masterful Davis. The stand will also serve Randolph’s collaboration beer, brewed by LIC Beer Project and specially created to go with the sandwich.

The stand will be located on the outfield concourse, near the Shake Shack and Two Boots Pizza stands, and will be open during home games for the rest of the 2015 Mets season.

“We envision a fan at the ballpark holding the jerk chicken po’boy in one hand and a cold beer in the other. It just fit,” said Dave Plate, co-founder and Partner of Randolph Group.

For the second year in a row and in an effort to bring New York’s favorite flavors to Citi Field, Citi nominated four New York City eateries for the Citi Call-Ups Program that fans could vote for in online and in-stadium polls. This year, Randolph Beer beat out Crepes & Delices, Bagel Stuffins by Bantam Bagels, and Zengo.

Since 2007, Randolph Group has aimed to satisfy a wide variety of palates with three distinct locations throughout New York City: Randolph at Broome, a cocktail dive and café; Randolph Beer, an American gastropub and craft beer bar; and Randolph Brooklyn, an eclectic garage bar and restaurant.

“We see Randolph as a New York City institution that has been serving quality cocktails, craft beer, southern soul food and providing an authentic Manhattan vibe for over eight years,” said Hari Kalyan, co-founder and partner of Randolph Group. “We are very excited that the New York fans chose Randolph Beer to become part of Citi Field, another authentic New York institution.”


Team Duce of Bayside Little League completes undefeated season with championship win

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After finishing the regular season undefeated, Bayside Little League’s Team Duce made it to the championship game and were victorious over Texas West Division rival, W7, by a score of 4-3, completing their season with a perfect 16-0 record.

At the start of the game things did not look promising for undefeated Team Duce. W7 was able to open up an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. Team Duce’s starting pitcher, Charlie Blair, quickly settled down after W7’s three-run first by pitching shutout ball for the next three innings.

Aris Catehis and Tino Famiglietti both got on base once, while John Archbold hit the ball hard. David Castracane helped keep Team Duce in the game by making stellar defensive plays in the outfield to prevent W7 from scoring more runs.

With Team Duce down 3-0, W7 decided to intentionally walk the top three hitters in the lineup: Costa Bournias, Charlie Blair and Tanner Fried. With the bases now loaded and two outs, the cleanup hitter and first baseman, George Diamantopoulos, came to the plate with a chance to tie the game or even put Team Duce ahead.

Diamantopoulos did his job and blasted a triple into right field, scoring all three runners, tying the game at 3-3.

As Diamantopoulos represented the go-ahead run on third, Derek McCreesh and Bobby Fretwell both worked two-out walks to load the bases. This brought up Rafael Rufrano. After fouling off eight pitches, Rufrano earned a walk forcing in the go-ahead run and giving Team Duce a 4-3 lead.

Team Duce’s closer Tanner Fried, known to teammates as “The Sandman,” came in to try and preserve the win.

After pitching a perfect fifth inning, Fried faced the top of the lineup for W7, which included their power hitters. By utilizing his two- and four-seam fastballs, Fried was able to get ahead on each of the hitters with two strikes. He then used his off-speed pitches, the change-up and knuckle drop ball to surprise the hitters and strike them out, securing the championship for Team Duce.