Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Roosevelt Island Little League Season Over, Job Well Done, Next Year's Baseball Academy Starting In November - Check Out Summer Baskeball League

Image of Roosevelt Island Little League Team Warming Up From Don Smith

A reader of this post asks:
What ever happened to the two Roosevelt Island baseball teams in the little league tournament?
Special Correspondent Charlie De Fino, Executive Director of the Roosevelt Island Youth Center reports on how our Little League teams did this summer.
Little League Season Over

Last Friday in 90 degree heat our Junior team (13-14) lost to West Side 11-7 in a game we were leading 2-1 in the fourth inning behind very strong pitching, a couple of misplayed balls opened the gates for 6 unearned runs and that was too much for us to recover from. We have to remember this is our first time in over 10 years that we have entered the tournament and we entered it with 3 teams in separate divisions, many more established leagues choose to focus on one division and try to win, we choose the experience.

So our 9 & 10 group went 2 & 2 and one of the teams we lost to won their division and went on to win a sectional game against Throggs Neck, our 11 & 12 were clearly overmatched in talent but not spirit and lost two games including one in which they came back from a 8 run deficit to tie the game and were inches away from winning it but as fait would have it we lost.

This is not the end, we will begin our Baseball academy for pitchers and catchers in November and get ready for next year, with a few free agent additions ( a family with at least 3 good players moves to the island) and some additional volunteers to help coach we will be in the hunt.

For those Basketball fans our Summer league in collaboration with RIOC is now being held Mon, Tues and Wed (6:30PM and 7:45PM at Blackwell park, come by and see some good games. For a schedule call the Youth Program at 212-935-3645 between 9AM and 9PM for information.