LEWISBORO, N.Y. – The Lewisboro Baseball Association wrapped up its 2012 season on Saturday with five championship games played at Town Park to determine the winners in the various age-group divisions.
The day began with championship games in the A League’s two-division championship, which is composed of players in first- and second-grade. The winners of the two championships were the Goldens Bridge FD Cardinals, coached by Todd Wishart, who defeated the Cross River Shell Nationals in Division I, and the Pappalardo Law Tigers, coached by Gary Pojednic, who defeated the AIA Team Sports Marlins, coached by Rob Cummings, in Division II.
The AA championship for third- and fourth-graders followed, where the Pinocchio Pizza Rays, coached by Paul Valdes, defeated the Bouton Road Mobil Marlins. Hitting stars included Grady Halaifonua, Joey McCormick, Pete Howell, Max Andrade and Hunter Wieber. Pitching was led by Nick Valdes, Travis Paulsen and Halaifonua with solid fielding provided by Connor Tway, Kieran Heneghan, Mark Fleischhauer, Brandon Schaer, and Alex Wachter.
Next up was the AAA championship game. Composed of players in the fourth- and fifth- grade, the AAA Division is the highest level played on the classic Little League field, with 60-foot base paths. The game pitted the GB Plumbing Rockies, coached by Jim Moreo, against the Gramatan Management A’s, coached by Glenn Capobianco. The Rockies came out on top by a score of 6-3. In a well-played game by both teams, the Rockies held the A’s scoreless in the first four innings with brilliant fielding by Tim Hogan, Will Moreo, Joe Biancone and Ethan Falconer. The Rockies big hit came in the third inning. With the bases loaded, Cameron Polemeni-Hegarty hit a double up the third-base line to score three runs. Cameron, the game’s MVP, had four RBIs for the day, Will Moreo and Joe Biancone had an RBI each.
The final game of the day was the Majors Division for sixth-graders and age-eligible seventh-graders played on a field with 70-foot base paths. In an exciting match-up, the Paraco Gas Royals, coached by Doug Campbell, defeated Brian Hegarty’s Lake Katonah Electric A’s by a score of 15-8. The A’s jumped out to a 1-0 lead that was short-lived due to an RBI single by Braden Burke who later scored for the Royals. Strong pitching performances for the Royals by Kyle Campbell, Brendan Carberry and Dan Johnston contained the A’s despite the heavy hitting of Matthew Polemeni-Hegarty who homered and was 2 for 3, Sean Beaver, who was 3 for 3, and Sean White, who also went 2 for 3. Hitting stars for the Royals included Stephen Fisher with three hits and four RBI’s and Burke, who was 2 for 3.
League President Greg LaSorsa credited the Parks and Recreation Department and league volunteers for working together to get the field ready for the big day. LaSorsa also thanked the Forever Molly and Gregory Fund, noting that the defibrillators they purchased for the league were in place for the day.
“There was a convergence of timing, weather, planning and a tremendous effort by all of the volunteers,” he said. “It would be difficult to top such a memorable day."