2008 Fall Championship Series
Game 1: Ropes 4 Bulls 0
Kyle Lucas gets thing started with an RBI single in the third. Chuck Barillari and Steve Yurchak go back to back with solo blasts in the fourth inning, to increase the lead to three. In the fifth, Chuck Barillari hits his second bomb of the game to finish the scoring. Steve Yurchak throws a complete game, 2 hit shutout with 17 strikeouts.
Game 2: Bulls 6 Ropes 5
In the top of the first Rocco Justice knocks in two, with a double. Jimmy Wendling, and Anthony Pogioreale each answer with two run blasts in the bottom of the frame. Pogioreale adds an RBI single, and Wendling has an RBI walk in the fourth. Kyle Lucas launches a bomb to make it 6-3, in the fifth. Chuck Barillari hits a two run shot to get it to 6-5, in the sixth. James Ruocchio closes out the save, leaving the bases loaded in the seventh. Jimmy Wendling was the winning pitcher.
Game 3: Ropes 10 Bulls 0
Series MVP Tim Yurchak, hurled the first ever "perfect game" in championship play. Tim had 18 strikeouts during this no-hit no-walk gem. Kyle Lucas had a bases loaded walk to start the scoring in the second. Kyle smacked a big three run shot to open it up at 4-0 in the fourth. Kyle smashed two more homers in the sixth, and Chuck Barillari, and Steve Yurchak launched shots of their own, to make it a 10-0 final, and to give the Frozen Ropes back to back titles,
2008 Summer Championship Series
Ropes 12 Bulls 0
The Ropes jumped out all over the Bulls, as Chuck Barillari hit a three run homer in the first inning, to start the scoring. It stayed that way until the third inning, when Rocco Justice connected on a three run shot of his own. The Ropes ended the game with consecutive solo home runs by Steve Yurchak, Rocco Justice, and Kyle Lucas. Steve Yurchak was the winning pitcher, giving up only 2 hits.
Bulls 11 Ropes 4
The Bulls returned the favor, and jumped out on the Ropes. Anthony Poggioreale hit a solo homer to open up the scoring in the second inning. James Ruocchio added a two run blast, to push the lead to 3-0. Kyle Lucas cut the lead to two, with a third inning bomb. The bulls busted open the game in the fourth, with an RBI single by Jim Wendling, and a three run shot from James Ruocchio. The Ropes countered with a three run bomb from Chuck Barillari, in the bottom of the 4th, but Jimmy Wendling put it away, by blasting a three run shot, in the sixth inning. Anthony Poggioreale finished the scoring with an RBI double in the seventh. Wendling was the winning pitcher, going all the way with 15 strikeouts.
Ropes 3 Bulls 2
The series finale matched Ropes' ace Tim Yurchak with Bulls' ace Jim Wendling. The Bulls struck first with a second inning home run from Anthony Poggioreale. Kyle Lucas singled and homered in the third to give the Ropes a 2 to 1 lead. Jim Wendling's RBI single in the 5th tied the score. Two amazing fielding plays by outfielder Steve Yurchak, kept the game even, and it stayed that way until the top of the tenth inning. Chuck Barillari lead off the tenth with a solo blast, to give the Ropes the lead. Tim Yurchak shut the Bulls down in order in the tenth, to give the Ropes the title.
Game # 1 Regulators 8 Pelham Juggernauts 0
Ben Annoscia started things with a three run homer, in the top of the first. In the third inning, Scott Gaska increased the lead to 6-0, with a three run shot of his own. It stayed that way until the fifth, when Ben Annoscia and Rocco Justice added solo homers, to finish the scoring. Ace pitcher Joe Annoscia threw a complete game 2 hitter with 12 k's.
Game # 2 Regulators 10 Pelham Juggernauts 6
The Regulators were jump started, once again, by winning pitcher Ben Annoscia, who launched a first inning grand slam. Rocco Justice chipped in with a two run shot, and the Regulators had a 6-0 lead, after one frame. The shorthanded Juggernauts got a run back in the second, on an RBI single by AJ Romano. The Regulators stretched the lead, on a two run bomb by Joe Annoscia, making it 8-1. The Juggernauts struck back, on a fourth inning grand slam by Joe Battaglia, cutting the lead to 8-5. The Regulators added solo shots from Ben Annoscia in the fourth, and Scott Gaska in the fifth, to make it 10-5. The Juggernauts scratched for a run in the seventh on an RBI walk by Vinny Perri, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Rocco Justice nailed down the save, striking out Joe Battaglia with the bases loaded, to give the Regulators the title.
Game 1: Regulators 11 Clippers 4
Game one was a matchup of two former Cy Young award winners, Steve Chodan, and Tim Yurchak. Tim, after pitching 4 innings in the previous day's semi finals, was back at it again, on zero days rest. The Regulators scored first on a 2 run home run from Kyle Lucas in the first inning. The Clippers cut the lead in half on an RBI double by Steve Chodan. In the 4th Steve Yurchak hit a 2 run shot to put the Regulators up 4-1. It stayed that way until the 6th where the Regulators exploded; Chuck Barillari hit 2 Home runs off the bench, Steve Yurchak would deliver two more as well. Steve Chodan hit a 3 run shot to inch closer, but Tim Yurchak closed the door to give the Regulators a solid game one victory.
Game 2: Regulators 8 Clippers 3
The Clippers started Sammy Caccamise, fresh off a shutout of the potent Raging Bulls lineup in the semi finals. He was opposed by Regulator ace, Tim Yurchak. The Regulators struck first on a first inning solo home run by Chuck Barillari. In the second, Chuck launched a three run shot, for a 4-0 lead. Chuck would later hit his third homer of the game and give the Regulators a comanding lead. The Clippers would try to mount a comeback on 3 solo home runs by Steve Chodan, but Tim Yurchak stoped it there to secure the second straight championship for the Regulators.
Game 1: Regulators 1 Bullets 0
Game one saw a pitchers duel between the Regulators Steve Yurchak and the Bullets Ben Annoscio. Both aces matched zeros until the top of the 5th inning when Steve Yurchak helped his own cause and launched a solo home run to break the scoreless tie, and provide the sole run of the game.
Game 2: Regulators 3 Bullets 1
With the Bullets back against the ropes they sent their #1 out to the mound in Joe Annoscio. The Regulators countered with their cy young favorite Tim Yurchak. Both flame throwers matched zeros untill the bottom of the third when Kyle Lucas hit a solo home run to give the Regulators a 1 run lead. The Bullets answered back in the 5th off a solo home run by Joe Guidice to tie the game. But in the bottom of the 5th Chuck Barilarri pinch hitting on an 0-2 count sent the go ahead 2 run home run out of the park. Tim Yurchak finished strong and slammed the door to win the series for the Regulators.
Game one featured a pitching match up between The Silver Bullets Nick Tennaglia, and The Raging Bulls Jay Harmon. The Bullets toped the Bulls by a score of 13 to 10. John Petri had a monster game going 6-10 with 3 Hr’s and 8 Rbi’s. Joe Guidice was impressive as well going 4-9 with a Hr and 5 Rbi’s in the win. Jim Wendling in a losing cause went 7-11 with 3 Hr’s and 7 Rbi’s and Artie Von Weigand had a Hr. Tennaglia got the win going the distance and striking out 11 to put the Bullets up 1 game to none.
In a do or die game 2 The Raging Bulls turned to their ace Jim Wendling, who opposed The Silver Bullets Ben Annoscio. Wendling went the distance throwing a complete game 4 hitter and striking out 13. He was also 3-8 with the stick hitting 2 Hr’s and 4 Rbi’s. Anthony Pogioreale was 4-8 with a Hr. In a losing cause John Spallin had a solo Hr.
In the deciding game 3 The Silver Bullets turned to their well rested ace Joe Annoscio to finish the job. The gutsy future hall of famer Jim Wendling took the ball once again for The Raging Bulls. Joe Guidice got the Bullets off to a good start with his 2nd Hr of the series, and John Spallin also had a Hr with 2 Rbi’s to edge out the Bulls by a score of 3-2 to claim the 2006 Summer Championship. Joe Annoscio earned MVP honors getting the win in game 3 throwing a complete game 5 hitter with 15 K’s against a potent Bulls line up.
NORTHPORT PULASKI’S 4 NY CLIPPERS 1
Game 1 of the Finals pit the Pulaski’s Jason Clement against Clippers Bob Zottoli. The Clippers jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Steve Chodan RBI double but Clement pitched out of further damage by retiring Bob Zottoli with second and third and two out. In the top of the second Greg Mackoul gave the Pulaski’s the lead by launching a two run HR. They Added to the lead wit Mackoul’s second HR later in the game and a Jason Clement solo shot to take a commanding 4-1 lead. Clement pitched a complete game 2 hitter to take a 1-0 lead in the best of three series.
GAME # 2
NY CLIPPERS 5 NORTHPORT PULASKI’S 1
Both teams Aces’ squared of in this pivotal game two match up, as Steve Chodan went head to head with Greg Mackoul. The Clippers jumped out to an early lead in the first when Bill Chodan was hit by a pitch to start the game, then Steve Chodan and Bob Zottoli gave the Clippers a 3-0 lead on back to back Home Runs. Steve Chodan added an RBI triple and his second HR later in the game to give the Clippers a commanding 5-0 lead. Steve Chodan took a one hitter into the 7th Jeff Muchin broke up the shutout with a solo HR to make the final 5-1 and set up a deciding game three.
GAME # 3
NORTHPORT PULASKI’S 2 NY CLIPPERS 4
The crucial game three pit the two workhorses of their respective teams Greg Mackoul versus Steve Chodan, a rematch of game two. The aces matched zero’s until the 3rd inning when Greg Mackoul launched his third HR of the series to give the Pulaski’s a 1-0 lead. Mackoul pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the third. In the 4th the Clippers once again loaded the bases with two outs and a struggling Bill Chodan at bat, Bill hit an RBI single to tie the game at 1-1. It stayed that way until the 5th when Clippers Bob Zottoli hit a clutch two run blast to take a 3-1 lead. In the 6th Steve Chodan hit his third HR of the series to give the Clippers a 4-1 lead. In the 7th Greg Mackoul led off with a line drive triple, Chodan retired the next two batters, then Mackoul lined a double to close it to 4-2 and bring the tying run to the plate but Steve Chodan struck out Jeff Muchin to end the treat and give the Clippers their first MSBL League title.
This is the first league title for the Clippers that have played in the MSBL since it’s inception in 1991. The Clippers also played for four seasons in the former USSBL.
GAME # 1
NORTHPORT PULASKI'S 6 RAGING BULLS 3
In game one, Greg Mackoul went 3-9, hitting 3 Home Runs in his first 4 AB's! Jason Clement stymied the Raging Bulls by pitching a complete game three hitter with 15 K's, Jeff Muchin added a Home Run.
GAME # 2
RAGING BULLS 1 NORTHPORT PULASKI'S 4
Greg Mackoul threw a complete game three hitter with 15 K's, Greg also hit his 4th Home Run of the series. Jeff Muchin hit 2 Home Runs in his first 2 at bats! Clement added a solo Home Run.
The Pulaski's complete their season wit a 15-4 record and win their first MSBL league title.
OCEANSIDE TIDES 1 FROZEN ROPES 5
Game 1 - Chuck Barillari hits a two run home run in the bottom of the 1st to give the Ropes an early 2-0 lead. It stayed that way until the bottom of the 4th inning until John Gruning hit an RBI single and also hit a 2-run double in the same inning to give the Ropes a seemingly insurmountable 5-0 lead with Steve Yurhak breezing along. In the top of the 7th inning Oceanside tried to mount a comeback with a Tom Ciociano double and Brian Rusnak RBI triple but Steve Yurcak closed the door for a 5-1 final. Steve Yurchak pitched a complete game scattering 5 hits and struck out 17.
FROZEN ROPES 7 OCEANSIDE TIDES 2
Game 2 - The Tides had their work cut out for them with Frozen Ropes ace Tim Yurchak starting game two. The Tides dug an early hole, Kyle Lucas lead off triple, and a John Gruning RBI double giving the Ropes an immediate 1-0 led, then the Ropes struck again with a Kyle Lucas 2-run HR, to build 3-0 1st inning led. Then the Ropes opened it up in the 6th inning with a John Gruning 2-run HR to make it 5-0. In the top of the 7th Kyle Lucas hit his second Hr of the game a 2-run blast to open it up to 7-0. Oceanside needing a big inning to thwart of a Ropes sweep loaded the bases in the bottom of the 7th and got an RBI single from Ciociano and an RBI walk from Rusnak to close it to 7-2 but Tim Yurchak bared down to finish his game with his 18th strike out and sealed the win and championship for the Ropes.
The Championship was the Ropes third consecutive and marked the first time in MSBL history that a team has won all three championships in one year since the inception of the three season year in 2001.
YKRS SILVER BULLETS 0 FROZEN ROPES 1
Game 1 of the Finals was set up as a rematch of the Spring Championship as the Frozen Ropes once again squared off against the Silver Bullets. This turned out to be a pitchers' duel with young guns Steve Yurchak and Joe Annoscio going pitch for pitch. The offense was sparse and Annoscio was overpowering as he only allowed 3 hits over 6 innings. Steve Yurchak's helped his own cause with a solo HR in the bottom of the 4th, to give the Ropes a 1-0 lead. That would be all he would need, as Yurchak produced a masterful performance going the distance tossing a 1-hitter. On this day Steve Yurchak was a 1-man gang as the Ropes went up 1-0 in the best of 3 series.
YKRS SILVER BULLETS 12 FROZEN ROPES 0
The Bullets flexed the muscle by mercying the Ropes in Game #2. Joe Guidice hit two 2 run home runs, James Roucchio hit a grand slam and was the winning pitcher and John Spallin added 4 hits and 2 run homer of his own.
The decisive defeat of the Ropes set up a game #3 sudden death must win game.
YKRS SILVER BULLETS 4 FROZEN ROPES 7
The Silver Bullets drew first blood with a John Spallin home run in the top of the first inning off game #1 winner Steve Yurchak to give the Bullets a 2-0 lead. Steve Yurchak hit a home run to narrow it to 2-1, then Chuck Balalari hit a home run in the bottom of the third inning to tie it 2-2. Steve held the potent Bullets offense to just 1 hit the remainder of the game and hit the game winning Home run in the 5th inning to put the Ropes up 4-2 to stay. Steve went 4-7 with two home runs to lead the Ropes to their second consecutive league title!
GAME # 1
REGULATORS 3 RAGING BULLS 10
The Bulls come out swinging in the top of the 1st with 3 runs off starter Greg Keating, but with the bases loaded and no out, Keating pitched out of the jam with no further damage. Lucas Alicea led off the bottom of the first with a solo Home Run of Bulls starter Dave Luongo. The teams exchanged zeros until the bottom of the 4th when the Regulators loaded the bases with none out, Raging Bulls ace Jim Wendling came in and retired the next three batters to put out the fire. In the fifth inning, Arthur Von Wiegand hit 2 Home Rund to put the Bulls up 6-1. Arthur then hit his third consecutive HR leading off the 6th inning, and his fourth of the game leading off the 7th. Von Weigand was 4-7 with 4 HR’s and 5 RBI’s. Arthur also came in to pitch the final two innings of the game to seal the victory for the Bulls. Anthony Poggioreale was 5-8 with 3 RBI’s
GAME # 2
RAGING BULLS REGULATORS
Back from 0-2 count to hit his first Home Run of the fall season to tie the game at one. In the bottom of the 10th, Arthur Von Weigand hit a 2 out single, then a struggling Anthony Poggioreale launched a towering fly to straight away center that just cleared the fence for a 2 run walk off HR to give the Bulls the game and the Fall Championship Title.
In the playoffs Arthur von Weigand hit 5 Hr’s with 12 RBI’s and a .448 OB%, Jim Wendling was 3-0 with a .093 ERA, batters only hit for a .122 average off him. Anthony Poggirealle led the hitting with a .325 average. Dave Luongo had no home runs for the 2003 Fall season until hitting the game tying HR.
Pelham Village Wine 5 Pier St Pressure 7
In a sea-saw battle Rocco Justice started the scoring for Pelham in the 1st inning with a 2 run Hr, Mike Walsh answered with a solo Hr to make it 2-1, Noah Calamari hit a 2 run Hr to give Pier St the lead but RBI singles by AJ Romano and Rocco Justice gave Pelham a 4-3 lead. But in the 5th inning Pier St struck with back to back Hr’s by Chester Cheetah and Joey Holder and then a Hr later in the same inning by Noah Calamari, his second of the game to give Pier St. a 6-4 lead. Noah added an Rbi single in the 6th inning to widen the lead to 7-4. In the 7th Joe Battaglia hit a solo Hr to close it to 7-5 but that’s where it ended. Mike Walsh pitched a gutsy complete game with 11 k’s in the win.
Pier St Pressure 14 Pelham Village Wine 8
In a must win for Pelham they sent their ace pitcher Pat Polese to the mound. But Pier St did the unthinkable and pounded out 14 runs against Pelham’s pitching staff. Pier St. jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning on a Noah Calamari Hr. Pelham roared back with 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st, but a great play by Noah Calamari with the bases loaded averted further damage. But in the 3rd inning Pier St. scored 9 times with a 2 Rbi double by Chester Cheetah, Rbi singles by Walsh and Calamari and then a clutch 3 run Hr by Joe Holder to open it up against a stunned Pelham. Pier St. threw salt into the wound with 2 more in the 4th with Joe Holder’s second Hr of the game. Pelham tried to fight back with 4 runs in the 4th capped by a bases clearing triple by Pat Polese to close it to 13-8, Pier St. added a run to complete the scoring 14-8, Jay Harmon hero of the semi-finals closed it out for Pier Streets first MSBL title. Mike Walsh was credited with the win in relief in Game #2. Joe Holder and Noah Calamari shared MVP honors hitting 3 Hr’s each!
GAME # 1
STICKBUSTERS 5 LYNBOOK THUNDER 4
The Lynbrook Thunder with consecutive hits by Guidice, Spallin and Perri staked out to a 4-0 lead in the 4th inning and the scored remained 4-0 until the last at bat for the Stickbusters. With Lynbrook’s pitcher James Guerreri breezing along until the 7th a Rocco Justice 2 Rbi single drove him from the game and relief pitcher Sam Caccamise entered the game, Pat Polese hit a 2 run Hr to tie it then AJ Romano hit a solo blast to put the Stickbusters up 5-4, Rich Rubell who pitched a complete game victory with 11 K’s closed it out in the 9th to upset Lynbrook in handing them their first loss of the season and putting them on the brink of elimination.
GAME # 2
STICKBUSTERS 0 LYNBROOK THUNDER 12
Lynbrook stung by the loss in Game #1 roared back in Game #2 and coasted to a 12-0 victory. James Roccio was the winning pitcher and Sam Caccamise came in relief and they combined on a 1 hit shutout. John Petri went 4-6 with a Hr, Joe Guidice Homered and James Roccio went 4-11 in the victory setting up a showdown in Game #3.
STICKBUSTERS 5 LYNBROOK THUNDER 8
Lynbrook’s Joe Guidice started the scoring with a 2 run Hr in the 1st. Inning to set the tone for the Thunder. James Ruocchio hit a 3 run Hr in the 2nd to open it up to a 4-0 lead. Lynbrook manufactured a run in the 4th to make it 5-0 but left the bases loaded. But as in Game #1 the Stickbusters fought back, In the 5th Dante Mancino hit a solo shot, and an Rbi double to Close it to 6-2. But in the bottom of the 6th, James Ruocchio hit a 2 run shot to make it 8-2. In the 6th, Pat Polese hit a 3 run shot to make it 8-5, but pitcher James Roucchio held it there to seal the victory and 2002 Summer Title. James Roucchio was selected as the playoff MVP due to his clutch performance in both pitching and hitting.
Littleneck Fury 5 Pelham Raging Bulls 3
Due to hard fought semi-finals against the Raging Bull’s arch foe, the Silver Bullets, and using their ace Jim Wendling in the 1-0 win, the Raging Bulls were forced to go against Littleneck’s Nick Tenaglia without their ace available to pitch. The game resulted in a comfortable 5-3 win for the Fury. Tenaglia pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts and also led the hitting with 2 Hr’s and 4 Rbi’s, stickball veteran and creator of the former USSBL Ron Babineau added a solo Hr. In a losing effort for the Raging Bulls, Joe Battaglia hit 2 solo Hr’s, and Jim Wendling hit a solo Hr as well.
Littleneck Fury 1 Pelham Raging Bulls 2
Down 1-0 and in jeopardy of being swept, the Raging Bulls put their well rested ace Jim Wendling on the mound. Wendling responded by throwing a complete game 2 hitter with 12 strikeouts, Joe Battaglia supplied all the offense needed with 2 more solo Hr’s. The Fury’s Nick Tenaglia added a solo Hr for Littleneck’s lone run. Rich Campbell pitched a complete game with 12 strikeouts in a losing cause.
Littleneck Fury 2 Pelham Raging Bulls 4
In the deciding game #3, the Raging Bull’s incredible well armed Jim Wendling returned to the mound to face Littleneck’s ace Nick Tenaglia. Littleneck quickly took a lead on homers by Tenaglia and Soto in the first inning, to give the Fury a 2-0 lead. Meanwhile Tenaglia came out throwing smoke, striking out 11 consecutive batters to start the game. But in the 4th inning, the Raging Bull’s Dave Luongo broke up the perfect game with a double, and then the Bull’s Joe Battaglia hit a 2 run Hr to tie the game at two. Then in the 5th Joe Battaglia once again hit a 2 run Hr to put the Bull’s up to stay. Jim Wendling pitched his second complete game of the day with 13 more strikeouts. Joe Battaglia hit 6 Hr’s in the 3 games 2 per game to lead the offense for the Bulls.
GAME # 1
YONKERS SILVER BULLETS 1 PELHAM VILLAGE WINE 0
In a classic pitchers duel the Bullets new found ace Billy Biron out dueled Pelham’s ace Jim Wendling 1-0. The only run scored in the game was a HR by Joe Guidice in the 5th inning. Biron pitched the 1st ever no hit shutout in Championship history, throwing a complete game with 17 K’s and no hits. The only batters to reach base were 4 walks. Wendling in a losing cause only gave up 3 hits with 14 K’s.
GAME # 2
YONKERS SILVER BULLETS 4 PELHAM VILLAGE WINE 8
Down 1-0 and in jeopardy of being swept Pelham came out swinging. Pelham’s A.J. Romano let the charge with a 2 run HR in the 2nd, A.J. also homered in the 3rd, later in the inning drew a bases loaded walk to make it 4-0 and then Dave Luongo sealed the victory with a pinch hit Grand Slam to put Pelham ahead comfortably 8-0. The Bullets inched back with a 2 run HR form Joe Guidice in the 4th inning and a 2 run single from John Spallin in the 5th but Pelham held on for the victory and forced a deciding game 3.
GAME # 3
YONKERS SILVER BULLETS 1 PELHAM VILLAGE WINE 2
In the deciding game # 3 the pitching match-up of Pelham’s ace Jim Wendling vs. the Bullets James Guerri seemed to favor Pelham but it was James Guerri’s mastery of the Pelham hitters for 6 innings that seemed to put the victory away for the Bullets. A 3rd inning lead off HR by Joe Guidice gave the Bullets a precarious 1-0 lead which the Bullets took into the bottom of the 7th. With only 3 outs from victory Joe Battaglia led off the 7th with a ground rule double down the left field line setting the stager for Pelham’s Jim Wendling, Wendling lined a dramatic walk off HR over the right centerfield fence into the wind to seal the game and championship series for Pelham. Wendling was the winning pitcher throwing 7 innings yielding 3 hits with 13 K’s. In a losing effort Guidice had 2 hits including a HR, Guidice had homered in each game of the series and James Guerri struck out 15 batters and scattered 5 hits.
GAME # 1
PELHAM VILLAGE WINE 15 LITTLE NECK THUNDER 1
Pelham jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning off of Littleneck ace Nick Tenaglia on a solo HR by Anthony Poggirealle and never looked back. With Jim Wendling in control throwing a complete game, scattered 4 hits, Pelham began the assault on the seeming invincible Littleneck pitching, Poggirealle led the attack going 4-8 with a double triple, 2 HR’s and 6 RBI’s. Joe Battaglia added a double, triple, HR with 3 RBI’s, Pat Polese added a HR with 3 RBI’s and pitcher Jim Wendling added his own triple and HR. The defeat marked the first time the Littleneck Thunder had been mercied in the MSBL and ended a 35-1 run over the last 2 seasons.
GAME # 2
PELHAM VILLAGE WINE 1 LITTLENECK THUNDER 0
In a classic pitchers duel Game 1 winner Jim Wendling took the mound to face Littleneck’s go to flame thrower James Roucchio. Both pitchers were over powering matching zero’s for the first 4 innings. But in the bottom of the 5th inning Pelham’s seeming over matched Dave Luongo connected with a Roucchio fastball sending it over the center field fence to give Pelham a delicate 1-0 lead. Jim Wendling pitched on guts and retired the Thunder in their last two at bats to seal the victory and Championship for Pelham. Wendling as in Game 1 scattered 4 hits over 7 innings, James Roucchio in a losing cause threw a one hitter.
Ykrs Silver Bullets 5 Littleneck Thunder 7
The Silver Bullets jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a Vinny Perri 2 run Hr in the 2nd inning, Perri added Solo Hr’s in the 4th and 5th innings to give the Bullets a commanding 4-0 lead. The Thunder came back in the bottom of the 5th with a Joe King Hr, a John Petri Rbi single and a bases loaded walk to Joe King to close the lead to 4-3. Joe Guidice added a solo Hr in the 6th inning and the Thunder added a run in the bottom of the 6th to put the score at 5-4 in favor of the Bullets. Joe Clancy who started the game for the Bullets and had had command throughout went to the mound in the 7th to try and close out the win for the Bullets. After retiring the first batter, Joe King with 2 strikes hit a solo Hr to tie the game at 5, John Petri the next batter worked out a walk and Rich Brower ended the game with a 2 run Hr and to seal the come from behind victory for the Thunder.
Ykrs Silver Bullets 0 Littleneck Thunder 4
Littleneck looking to close out the series sent lefty fireballer Joe King to the mound. Vinny Perri took the mound for the Bullets. Both pitchers looked strong through the first 4 innings, but in the 5th Joe King hit the first of his two Hr’s, Rich Brower added an Rbi double to complete the scoring for Littleneck. Joe King threw a complete game 1 hitter and struck out 16 batters on the way to his complete game 1 hitter. Joe was clocked as throwing as fast as 96 mph on the Jugs gun. Littleneck successfully defended their MSBL crown with their 4th consecutive title.
Ykrs Silver Bullets 3 Littleneck Thunder 9
Littleneck jumped out to an early 3-0 lead of Bullets starter James Guerreri in the 2nd inning on a James Roucchio Rbi triple followed by a Joe King 2 run Hr. John Petri added to the lead with a 2 run Hr in the 4th and then Joe King and Petri added solo Hr’s in the 5th to give the Thunder a commanding 7-0 lead. With Joe King cruising on the mound yielding on 1 hit in 4 innings with 11 K’s the Thunder brought in reliever Rich Brower. John Petri added his third Hr of the game in the 7th to put the game away at 9-0. The Bullets mounted a mild comeback in the bottom of the 7th on a Vinny Perri 2 run triple followed by a Joe Guidice Rbi single to complete the scoring at 9-3, giving the Thunder a 1 game advantage.
Ykrs Silver Bullets 6 Littleneck Thunder 9 (10inn)
Littleneck looking to close out the series sent Ace pitcher Nick Tenaglia to the mound. The Bullets short of pitching due to the loss of Mike Chin to injury sent losing pitcher in Game #1 James Guerreri to the task. The Bullets struck first on a solo Hr by John Spallin in the 2nd inning, but the Thunder responded quickly in the bottom of the 2nd on a bases loaded triple by Rick Brower knocking Bullets pitcher James Guerreri out of the box but reliever Vinny Perri promptly gave up a 2 run Hr to James Roucchio giving Littleneck a commanding 5-1 lead. The Bullets fought back on a Rbi triple by Joe Guidice to close it to 5-2 but John Petri’s triple made it 6-2. Joe Guidice struck again with a 2 run Hr to close it to 6-4, Littleneck went to there ace in the hole James Roucchio to close out the last 2 innings, but the Bullets came back to tie it on a clutch John Spallin 2 run triple to send the game to extra innings. Vinny Perri stymied the potent Littleneck offense pitching out of a bottom of the 7th second and third no out jam. The Game remained tied until the bottom of the 10th, with two outs and no one on, John Petri game #1 hitting star hit a 2 out double, the Bullets intentionally walked James Roucchio to face Joe King who launched a game winning 3 run Hr to secure the title for the Thunder. James Roucchio was the wining pitcher in relief for Littleneck.
Pelham Village Wine 3 Littleneck Thunder 6
Littleneck jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a Rbi single by Jim Iraggi, Pelham answered with a 2 run Hr by Joe Battaglia in the 2nd and a solo Hr by A.J. Romano in the 3rd inning to take a 3-1 lead. Littleneck closed it to 3-2 on a John Petri solo Hr in the 4th inning. Pelham pitcher Brad Vaccaro pitching a excellent game held the lead until the bottom of the 6th when the defending champs struck. With Pelham only 6 outs from taking game 1 James Roucchio led off the 6th with a solo Hr to tie the game, after a walk Rich Brower hit a game winning 2 run Hr and James Roucchio added another solo Hr to put Littleneck ahead to stay. Nick Tenaglia was the winning pitcher throwing a complete game scattering 4 hits and striking out 12 batters.
Pelham Village Wine 2 Littleneck Thunder 3
Littleneck looking to close out the series put lefthander Rich Brower on the mound against Pelham ace Chris Morouch, Littleneck quickly went ahead 1-0 on another James Roucchio solo Hr in the 2nd inning, Rich Brower led off the 3rd with solo Hr to put Littleneck ahead 2-0. The pitching of Morouch and Brower took over and the score remained 2-0 going in to the bottom of the 7th, Pelham’s last hope to avoid elimination. In the bottom of the 7th Joe Battaglia worked out a walk from pitcher Rich Brower, with not much room for error Littleneck turned to the always reliable James Roucchio to close the door, but in a classic battle of power vs. power Anthony Poggirealle hit a 2 run Hr to shock Littleneck and to send the game into extra innings. The scored remained 2-2 until the top of the 9th inning when Dante Mancino in relief of Chris Morouch hit Rich Brower with the bases loaded to put Littleneck ahead, James Roucchio still on the mound closed the door in the bottom of the inning to secure the victory for Littleneck.
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Proving they were not going to roll over for the 4 time champs Oceanside took game #1 behind the pitching of Paul Novaks, Paul threw 5 innings holding Littleneck to 1 run with 7 k’s, Tom Ciaccano hit a Hr with 2 Rbi’s, Brian Rushnek had 2 Rbi’s and Rick Landau added 1 Rbi in the victory, John Petri hit a solo Hr in the loss.
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Littleneck came back to take Game #2 behind the bat of James Roucchio, James went 9 for 14 with 3 Hr’s and 9 Rbi’s, John Petri added a Hr and Jim Iraggi had 4 hits. Roucchio was the winning pitcher throwing a complete game with 15 K’s. Tom Ciaccano hit 2 Hr’s and Brian Rushnek hit a Grand Slam in a losing effort for Oceanside.
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In the deciding game #3 it was a see-saw battle to the end. Rich Campbell started for the Thunder and Paul Novaks who won Game #1 took the mound for the Mariners. The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning on a Rbi single by Tom Ciaccano, the Thunder tied it in the 3rd on a Rbi single by John Petri, the Thunder took a 3-1 lead in the 5th on a Rbi double by Petri and a Rbi single by Iraggi, but in the 6th the Mariners refused to roll over two bases loaded seeing eye singles by Brian Rushnek and a walk to Rick Landau gave the Mariners a 4-3 lead, but in the 8th James Roucchio hit a Hr into the wind to tie it at 4, but a clutch Rbi single by Rick Landau off reliever Nick Tenaglia put the Mariners up 5-4.
It stayed that way to the bottom of the 9th with the Mariners 3 outs away to one of the biggest upsets in MSBL history, in the 9th on the 1st pitch James Roucchio hit a solo Hr into the surging wind to tie the game at 5, then after two consecutive ground outs by Petri and Iraggi Roucchio once again stepped to the plate on the 1st pitch Roucchio hit a mammoth Hr to secure the win and 1999 title for the Thunder!
1999 Spring Championship
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Pelham jumped out to an early lead on a 2 run Home Run by A.J. Romano in the 1st inning, the bullets responded with a solo Home Run by John Spallin in the bottom of the 1st but in the 5th inning solo Home runs by Dante Mancino and Mike Reynolds made the score 4-1. Pelham ace Chris Morouch held the score and pitched a complete game scattering 5 hits and only yielding 1 earned run with no walks!
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Pelham completed the sweep getting an early lead and never letting the Bullets into the game. Pelham went to a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning on a single and 3 walks, Pelham opened it up in the 2nd with a Dante Mancino Rbi single and a Joe Battaglia 3 run Home Run making the score 5-0, A.J. Romano added a solo Home Run in the 3rd inning and a second 3 run Home Run by Joe Battaglia in the 5th put the game out of reach 9-0. The Bullets added 2 runs on a fielders choice and a solo Home run by Vinny Perri, Dante Mancino hit a 2 run Home run to complete the scoring and give the Pelham Village Wine their second league title. Dante Mancino was the winning pitcher in game #2 pitching 5 1/3 innings yielding only 2 hits and 1 earned run, Mike Reynolds and A.J. Romano came on in relief to hold the Bullets for the victory.
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In a pitchers duel between aces James Ruocchio of Littleneck and James Gurreri of Yonkers, Ruocchio came out on top pitching a complete game 3 hitter giving up only 1 run in the final inning. Jim Iraggi started the scoring with a 2 run Hr in the 4th inning and teammate John Petri added a solo Hr in the 6th to complete the scoring. The Bullets threatened in the 7th inning with 2 on and no outs but Ruocchio pitched out of trouble for the victory!
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In a see-saw battle the Bullets came back from the brink of elimination with a dramatic 6-4 win in extra innings on a 2 run Hr by Joe Guidice in the bottom of the 9th inning. Littleneck took an early 2-0 lead by solo Hr’s by Jim Iraggi and James Ruocchio, but the Bullets tied it on a 2 rbi single by Joe Guidice in the 3rd. John Spallin hit a 2 run Hr in the 5th to take a 4-2 lead but a clutch 2 out Hr by Jim Iraggi in the 6th inning tied the game at 4. Littleneck squandered rallies in the 7th and 9th innings squashed by key relief pitching by Vinny Perri and James Guerreri. In the bottom of the 9th inning Joe Guidice hit a dramatic 2 out 2run Hr to end the game and to force a deciding game #3!
Yonkers Silver Bullets 5 Littleneck Thunder 11
In the rubber game Littleneck’s James Ruocchio led the game off with a Hr, Joe Guidice answered with a solo Hr to tie the game for the Bullets, but Jim Irragi hit a Hr in the second to give the Thunder a 4-1 lead, John Spallin hit a 2 run Hr to close the score to 4 to 3 but the Thunder would not relinquish the lead the remainder of the game. Nick Tenaglia who pitched in Game #2 came in relief of Ruocchio in the 2nd inning and pitched 8 strong innings with 14 strikeouts for the win. Jim Iraggi added a second Hr later in the game and ended up with 7 Rbi’s to power the Thunder to victory. In a losing effort John Spallin added a second Hr and Vinny Perri hit a Hr.
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Vinny Perri got the Bullets off to a 2-0 lead with a Hr in the 1st inning, John Spallin added a rbi triple in the 3rd inning and Larry Tabacco was the wining pitcher in relief going 4 innings of no hit ball. Rich Brower hit a 2 run Hr in the loss for Merrick.
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In Game #2 once again the Bullets went to an early lead with another Hr by Vinny Perri this time in the 2nd inning, Vinny added a rbi single later in the game and went 3 for 8 with 3 Rbi’s, teammate John Spallin added a Hr to complete the scoring. Larry Tabacco once again was the winning pitcher going 6 innings and yielding only 1 hit and 1 run, Larry pitched a combined 9 2/3 innings with 27 K’s and only 1 hit in 2 victories.
QUEENS 4 LITTLENECK 10
In Game #1 Littleneck defeated Queens 10- 4. James Roucchio got Littleneck going in the 1st inning with a 2 run Hr and then added a solo Hr in the 3rd inning. Then in the 4th inning Jim Iraggi blew the game open with a Grand Slam Hr to put Littleneck ahead 9-0, The War Pigs tried to fight back with a 2 run Hr by Vinny Perri and back to back triples by Ed and Dave Centeno but it was to little to late as Littleneck went on to win 10-4. James Roucchio was the winning pitcher going 4 innings yielding only 1 hit with 7 k’s, Rich Campbell got the save pitching the last 3 innings. James was the hitting star in Game #1 going 6-12, hitting for the cycle with 2 Hr’s and 4 Rbi’s!
QUEENS 0 LITTLENECK 5
In Game #2 Littleneck once again jumped out on top with a rbi single by John Petri in the 1st inning and never looked back. John added a 2 run Hr in the 4th inning and teammates James Roucchio and Jim Iraggi added solo Hr’s in the 4th and 7th innings to complete the scoring. Nick Tenaglia was the wining pitcher throwing a complete game shutout yielding only 2 hits and striking out 16 batters. John Petri supplied most of the offense going 4-10 with 2 singles, 1 double and a Hr with 3 Rbi’s!
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Jim Iraggi led the way hitting 3 Home Runs with 5 Rbi’s and teamate John Petri added a Home Run to complete the attack. Nick Tenaglia was the winning pitcher, pitching a complete game 3 hitter against the powerful Lynbrook offense. Joe Guidice hit a solo Home Run for Lynbrook.
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In dramatic fashion the Lynbrook Owls came back from a 5-2 deficeit and possible elimination to win 6-5. Vinny Perri hit a clutch 3 run Home Run to tie the game at 5-5, then in the bottom of the 7th Joe Guidice hit the game winning Home Run for Lynbrook. Chuck Ballalari in relief for Vinny Perri was the winning pitcher holding the potent Littleneck offense for 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. In a losing effort John Petri hit 2 more Home Runs and James Roucchio hit 1 Home Run.
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In the deciding game it was all the Littleneck Thunder. James Roucchio once again rose to the occasion called by many Mr August and October. James pitched an impressive 1 hit shutout with 16 k’s. James also led the hitting attack hitting 3 Home Runs, Jim Iraggi hit 2 more Home Runs for a total of 9 for series. John Petri added a Home Run to complete the scoring and secure the title!
1996 Fall Championship Series
In Game #1 Littleneck defeated Tarrytown 4-2 behind the pitching of James Roucchio. James pitched a complete game 5 hitter with 12 K’s, James also supplied offense going 4-9 with 2 Rbi’s. Teammate James Iraggi hit a 2 run Hr. For Tarrytown Kevin O’Donnell hit a solo Hr.
In Game #2 Tarrytown struck back with a resounding 9-3 victory. A.J. Romano pitched a brilliant 2 hitter with 8 k’s, A.J. also hit 3 Hr’s with 4 Rbi’s and teammate Kevin O’Donnell added 3 Hr’s of his own with 4 Rbi’s. In a losing effort James Iraggi and John Petri hit Hr’s
In the deciding Game #3 in a see-saw battle the Littleneck Thunder came out on top 10-9. Tarrytown jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Rbi singles by Joe Arena and A.J. Romano and then a big 3 run Hr by A.J. Romano, but Littleneck fought back on a solo Hr by James Roucchio in the 3rd inning and then an impressive back to back to back Hr’s by James Roucchio, John Petri and James Iraggi to close it to 5-4. In the 5th inning Littleneck continued the barrage on a Grand Slam Hr by James Roucchio and a 2 run Hr by James Iraggi to take a 10-5 lead. But in the 8th inning Kevin O’Donnell hit a foul lin hugging clutch 2 out Grand Slam Hr to close the score to 10-9. But James Roucchio closed out Tarrytown by striking out the sides in the 9th inning to secure the Championship.
In a losing effort Tarrytown’s Kevin O’Donnel hit a record setting 5 Home Runs in the series with 11 Rbi’s, A.J. Romano hit 4 Hr’s with 10 Rbi’s. This is Littleneck’s first M.S.B.L. League Title since the merger of the American and National Stickball Leagues.
The Littleneck Thunder are made up of Team Captain John McMahon, James Roucchio, James Iraggi, John Petri, Rich Cambell and Joe Melia.
1996 Spring Championship Series
In Game #1 Clarkstown's ace pitcher Paul Gonoud no hit the potent Lynbrook line-up, Paul only walked 2 batters and had 15 strikeouts. The key hit of the game was a solo Home Run by Clarkstown's John Spallin to break a scoreless tie in the 5th inning. In a losing cause Corey Lonergan only gave up 3 hits and struckout 14.
Clarkstown completed the sweep once again on the arm of pitcher Paul Gonoud, Paul after a 7 inning no hit performnce in Game #1 started Game #2 and went an additional 4 innings only yielding 1 hit and no runs, with an additional 10 k’s. The big hit came from Paul Ricci hitting a 2 run Home Run in the 4th inning, Captain Tim Arlt added an RBI triple in the same inning. Larry Tabbacco came on to pitch the final 3 innings with 8 strikeouts for the save and to secure the 1996 Championship for Clarkstown.
Clarkstown finished the Season with a record of 17-9, Clarkstown went 6-0 in the Playoffs and only gave up 2 runs in the six games. This was Clarkstown first league Championship! Clarkstown is made up of Captain Tim Clarkstown is made up of Captain Tim Arlt, John Spallin, Larry Tabacco, Paul Gonoud, Doug Schmell, Brian Torpey and Paul Ricci.
1995 Fall Championship Series
ARMONK 8 BSTN RD 0
Armonk outclassed the Gamblers in Game #1 behind the impressive pitching of Joe Guidice 8-0, Joe pitched a complete game shutout and yielded only 1 hit with 23 strikeouts, Joe had a perfect game into the 6th inning before it was broken up by a Joe Rajah triple. Ed Centeno led the hitting with two 3 run Hr’s and 6 Rbi’s, teammates Vinny Perri and Diz DiFiore added solo Hr’s.
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In Game #2 the Gamblers came out on top 5-4 on a gutsy complete game pitching performance by Chris Zottoli. Rick Landau led the game off with a Hr to give the Gamblers an early lead, in the 4th inning Joe Rajah hit a solo Hr and Bob Zottoli hit a 3 run Hr to go up 5-0. Armonk fought back with 2 Rbi triples by Vinny Perri and a Hr by Joe Guidice but fell short 5-4.
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In the deciding Game #3 Bob Zottoli proved to be the M.V.P. of the series pitching a complete game giving up only 3 hits and striking out 21 batters, Bob also was the hitting star of the game hitting 2 Hr’s with 3 Rbi’s, Joe Rajah added a solo Hr for the Gamblers. In losing effort Diz DiFiore hit a solo Hr in the 9th inning for Armonk, in the series teammate Joe Guidice pitched a total of 16 2/3 innings giving up only 1 hit and no earned runs!
1995 Spring Championship Series
ARMONK 6 PELHAM 5
In Game #1 Armonk jumped to a 5-0 lead with back to back Home runs by Joe Clancy and Joe Guidice and a 2 run Home Run by Vinny Perri and a solo Home Run by Ed Centeno, the defending Champions were cruising with their ace Pitcher Joe Clancy on the mound but a resilient Pelham fought back to tie the game with a clutch 3 run Home Run by A.J. Romano and a Home Run by Pelham Captain Joe Battaglia, but in the 8th inning a walk by Vinny Perri and a clutch Rbi triple by Ed Centeno sealed the victory for Armonk. Joe Clancy and Vinny Perri combined on a 3 hitter with Vinny getting the win with 3 2/3 innings of strong relief.
ARMONK 13 PELHAM 0
In Game #2 Armonk completed the sweep with a resounding 13-0 pounding of Pelham. Armonk opened the 2nd game with back to back Home Runs by Joe Guidice and Vinny Perri, In the second inning Guidice and Perri repeated their feat of back to back Home Runs to widen the gap. Vinny Perri led the onslaught by going 4-9 with 4 Home Runs and 5 Rbi’s, Joe Guidice added a 2nd Home Run, Ed Centeno had 1 Home Run and Armonk’s Captain Diz DiFiore ended the game with a Grand Slam Home Run. Vinny Perri was the winning pitcher again yielding only 3 hits and striking out 11 batters. Vinny pitched 35 consecutive scoreless innings in playoff action dating back to 1994.
The Armonk Artillery have 12 consecutive victories in playoff action. Armonk was the #2 ranked team during the regular season posting a 19-2 record. Armonk team roster consisted of Captain Diz DiFiore, Joe Guidice, Vinny Perri, Mark Schulman, Ed Centeno, Dave Centeno and Joe Clancy.