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MHTS Summer Fun Tour
The Whitestown Little League All-Star Team had its terrific season come to an end this afternoon, at the New York State Little League Tourney, with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of East Meadow, Long Island, at Central Park in Cicero, New York.
East Meadow, the Section 5 Champion, a section which covers four of the five boroughs of New York City and is the most heavily populated Little League Section in the United States, got a complete game, 3 hit, 10 strikeout performance from right-hander, Charlie Cucchiara, in the win.
East Meadow took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back.
Chris Giordino’s three-run home run off of Whitestown starte,r Colin McAndrew, made it 3-0.
Then, a bases loaded walk to Chris Lypan scored Tyler Patterson to give East Meadow the 4-0 lead, which is the way we’d go to the top of the second.
Jolsyn gave Whitestown a much needed shot in the arm, with a moon shot round tripper over the right field fence, pulling Whitestown to within 4-1 with nobody out in the second.
Unfortunately for the Section 2 Champs, East Meadow’s Charlie Cucchiara dug in deep after that, setting the next three Whitestown hitters down in order, on just nine pitches.
In fact, it was all Cucchiara the rest of the way, as the hard-throwing righty mixed a moving fastball with a deceptive breaking pitch and faced just thirteen more Whitestown batters over the next four innings and not allowing a Whitestown base runner past second base.
Griff Sciortino, Whitestown’s quick as lightning leadoff man, had two singles on the afternoon, while Joslyn’s blast accounted for the third of Whitestown’s 3 hits on the day.
Lucas Pasquarelli was great in relief of Colin McAndrew today, as the big right-hander did not allow a run in four innings of work, while striking out six and not issuing a single walk.
Congratulations to Whitestown on a truly exceptional run through the always tough District 10, as well as the sweep of some of the State’s bigger dogs, to capture the Section 2 Banner!
As for the gutsy run at a New York State title, the losses are nothing to hang your heads over
The teams you faced out of the box in Cicero represented were a couple of the better teams in the Northeast, let alone New York State.
When you look back, be sure to remember that when Major Division All-Star Tournament play started back in June, approximately 480 teams were at the starting line, all vying for a New York State Title.
This past Monday, only six of those 480 teams were still playing.
You were one of those six. That’s not just survival, that’s overwhelming success.
East Meadow ( Long Island) 4 Whitestown 1
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Whitestown 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
East Meadow 4 0 0 0 0 X 4