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Great Kills American in driver's seat

Published: Friday, July 08, 2011, 12:39 PM     Updated: Friday, July 08, 2011, 12:43 PM
Charlie R DeBiase
 
si james grieg.JPGGreat Kill American's James Grieg tossed four shutout innings

James Grieg highlighted a four-run first with a homer, then shut down Staten Island over the next four innings to lead visiting Great Kills American into the Little League District 24 12-year-old tournament championship round via a 13-1 win last night in Dongan Hills.

The game was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Great Kills American is in the driver’s seat for the district crown, needing to beat either Staten Island or Mid-Island just once beginning Monday (7:30 p.m.) on the road. The ‘if’ game is Wednesday at Great Kills LL.

Mid-Island staved off elimination by defeating South Shore American 9-4 last night. The Travis loop will host Staten Island in the losers’ bracket final tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Last night’s win put a Great Kills team in the championship round for the first time since 2005, when Great Kills American also did it.

"I love the way the kids responded (to playing in such a big game). We were due for a break-out game," said GKA manager Frank Cambria, whose team stroked 15 hits, including three apiece from Jerry Huntzinger and Jonathan Carbonella. "We’ve played in nothing but tight games before (last night) against everybody’s No. 1 (pitcher).

"(Staten Island starter Christopher) Parrinello is a great pitcher, too, and fortunately we were able to rise to the occasion."

GKA’s Hayden Gumb was hit by a pitch leading off the game and advanced to second on Huntzinger’s sacrifice.

That brought up the righty-hitting Grieg (two hits, BB), who smacked a line drive over the centerfield fence for a 2-0 lead.

"We have two great table-setters in (Gumb and Huntzinger) at the top of the lineup. They’ve done a great job getting on (for the middle of our lineup)," said Cambria. "(Grieg) has hit some moon shots for (my regular-season team) and that was another bomb that got us off to a great start."

After Sean Fackovec (single) and Carbonella (double) followed with hits, Tom Bonviso’s run-scoring single and an error helped GKA build a 4-0 lead before Grieg had thrown a pitch.

The hard-throwing righty allowed no runs on five hits (three infield singles), walked none and totaled only 55 pitches. He struck out four in four innings.

Grieg encountered first-and-second situations in the second (two outs) and third (one out) frames, but recovered nicely to deny SILL a run.

"I just pitched the way I’m capable of," said Grieg. "Pitching with a lead definitely helped.

"Having that early lead was big because I know I have a great defense behind me that doesn’t make errors. I knew if (Staten Island) put it in play, we were going to make the plays."

"He mixes his pitches so well," said Cambria of Grieg, who was relieved by Fackovec (1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K) for the final inning. "Usually, a pitcher uses his curve to set up his fastball, but Jimbo does it opposite. He uses his fastball to set up his curve and does it well."

After Bonviso’s RBI single and Fackovec’s RBI ground out helped Great Kills build an 8-0 lead through 3½ innings, Cambria’s troops broke the game wide open with a five-run fifth that featured key hits from Carmine Bruno (RBI double), Gumb (RBI single), Huntzinger (RBI single), Fackovec (RBI double) and Carbonella (RBI single).

Congratulations to all the boys of the Great Kills Little League 12 American All Star Team:
 
Sean Fackovec #00, Noah Echavarria #1,
Nick D'Agnese #2, Hayden Gumb #3, Jonathan Carbonella #4, Carmine Bruno #5, James Greig #10, Tom Bonviso #11, Jerry Huntzinger #13, Antonio Gaudino #23, Jonathan Hlad #25,
Michael Briordy #34.
 
CONGRATULATIONS
 TO OUR GREAT KILLS 12 YEAR OLD ALL STARS FOR WINNING THE
 "DISTRICT 24" 
CHAMPIONSHIP 
 
 

A great day for Great Kills American as team wins Staten Island Little League crown

Published: Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 9:18 AM     Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 9:22 AM
Charlie R DeBiase
Great Kills American wins Little League District 24 crown
Enlarge Home plate umpire punches out Great Kills American's Noah Echavarria after a tag by Mid-Island catcher John Pleszewicz. (Staten Island Advance/Hilton Flores) Great Kills American wins Little League District 24 crown gallery (11 photos)
Prior to last night’s Little League District 24 12s championship round game, Great Kills American’s Jerry Huntzinger wasn’t sure who would get the baseball from manager Frank Cambria.

So Huntzinger decided to throw his hat in the ring.

“I wanted the ball and I told him I had the guts to take it,” acknowledged Huntzinger, who said he entered the tourney as GKA’s closer, but had only thrown four pitches before last night’s game. “I had pitched in the (10s and 11s tournaments), so I had some experience.

“I had confidence I could get the job done.”

Huntzinger talked the talk. Then he walked the walk.

The right-hander limited Mid-Island to one earned run in five-plus innings and James Greig, Jonathan Carbonella and Sean Fackovec belted two-run homers as visiting GKA wrapped up the district crown with a 7-2 triumph.

Great Kills, which finished with 12 hits (six for extra bases), advances to the Section 5 tournament and will play Monday (5:30 p.m.) against the District 23 winner at Peter Stuyvesant LL in Manhattan. It’s the first 12s district title for a Great Kills team, American or National, since GKA’s 2005 championship.

“It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” said Cambria. “We beat some great competition to get this point and we had to beat everyone’s (top pitcher).

“The kids really responded.”

Greig, who notched the final three outs to secure the victory, was 3 for 4 with a homer and double. The only time Mid-Island got him out was when third baseman Brandon Seltzer robbed him of a fourth hit by snagging a hard line drive.

Huntzinger quieted MILL’s potent lineup, scattering six hits and walking three. He wasn’t overpowering (no strikeouts), but his defense made the plays and he was resilient the few times he encountered trouble.

“First-pitch strikes were important, then I’d use a change-up or curve when I got ahead,” Huntzinger said. “I didn’t mind them hitting the ball because the defense played great. They were making the plays.”

“Jerry’s got nerves of steel. It was a big game and we felt he was the right man for the job,” said Cambria. “He gets a lot of ground balls and when you have the best shortstop on the Island (Greig) behind you, you want ground balls.”

Huntzinger was ahead 4-0 before throwing a pitch.

Following Hayden Gumb’s leadoff double against M-I starter Seltzer, Greig belted a two-run homer over the right-field fence. Fackovec followed with a single and Carbonella launched a moon shot over the left-field fence.

“Taking the lead the way we did in the first inning just gives you so much confidence,” said Carbonella. “I wasn’t trying to hit a homer. I wanted to get some kind of hit and I got something in the strike zone.”

Mid-Island’s Anthony Iglesias led off the home first with a single, but Greig turned a nifty 6-3 double play on a grounder to keep the momentum in GKA’s favor.

“That double play might have further taken the wind out of their sails,” said Cambria. “I think it showed that we’re here to win this game.”

Great Kills tagged on three more runs in the third when Fackovec followed Greig’s leadoff double with a two-run dinger to center. Antonio Gaudino later followed with an RBI single to make it 7-0.

Although Mid-Island scratched out single runs in the third (Seltzer RBI single) and fourth (Brandon Xhunga RBI ground out), Huntzinger escaped further damage both times.

Cambria called on ace Greig to get the final three outs after Huntzinger issued a leadoff walk in the sixth and the righty fought his way out of a bases-loaded jam, to secure the win.

NOTES: Gumb and Fackovec had two hits apiece for GKA ... Great Kills, who committed just one error, received four putouts and three assists from SS Greig ... Mid-Island’s Joe O’Rourke allowed just one hit and struck out three in two innings of scoreless relief ... Mid-Island, which captured the 10s and 11s district championships in the previous two seasons, completed a three-year stretch with a 31-5 record, according to manager John Pleszewicz.
 
Please click the link above to view the video of the 12 American District 24 Champions video made by Joe "Jelly" Mascia
 
 

Great Kills American in driver's seat

Published: Friday, July 08, 2011, 12:39 PM     Updated: Friday, July 08, 2011, 12:43 PM
Charlie R DeBiase
 
si james grieg.JPGGreat Kill American's James Grieg tossed four shutout innings

James Grieg highlighted a four-run first with a homer, then shut down Staten Island over the next four innings to lead visiting Great Kills American into the Little League District 24 12-year-old tournament championship round via a 13-1 win last night in Dongan Hills.

The game was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Great Kills American is in the driver’s seat for the district crown, needing to beat either Staten Island or Mid-Island just once beginning Monday (7:30 p.m.) on the road. The ‘if’ game is Wednesday at Great Kills LL.

Mid-Island staved off elimination by defeating South Shore American 9-4 last night. The Travis loop will host Staten Island in the losers’ bracket final tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Last night’s win put a Great Kills team in the championship round for the first time since 2005, when Great Kills American also did it.

"I love the way the kids responded (to playing in such a big game). We were due for a break-out game," said GKA manager Frank Cambria, whose team stroked 15 hits, including three apiece from Jerry Huntzinger and Jonathan Carbonella. "We’ve played in nothing but tight games before (last night) against everybody’s No. 1 (pitcher).

"(Staten Island starter Christopher) Parrinello is a great pitcher, too, and fortunately we were able to rise to the occasion."

GKA’s Hayden Gumb was hit by a pitch leading off the game and advanced to second on Huntzinger’s sacrifice.

That brought up the righty-hitting Grieg (two hits, BB), who smacked a line drive over the centerfield fence for a 2-0 lead.

"We have two great table-setters in (Gumb and Huntzinger) at the top of the lineup. They’ve done a great job getting on (for the middle of our lineup)," said Cambria. "(Grieg) has hit some moon shots for (my regular-season team) and that was another bomb that got us off to a great start."

After Sean Fackovec (single) and Carbonella (double) followed with hits, Tom Bonviso’s run-scoring single and an error helped GKA build a 4-0 lead before Grieg had thrown a pitch.

The hard-throwing righty allowed no runs on five hits (three infield singles), walked none and totaled only 55 pitches. He struck out four in four innings.

Grieg encountered first-and-second situations in the second (two outs) and third (one out) frames, but recovered nicely to deny SILL a run.

"I just pitched the way I’m capable of," said Grieg. "Pitching with a lead definitely helped.

"Having that early lead was big because I know I have a great defense behind me that doesn’t make errors. I knew if (Staten Island) put it in play, we were going to make the plays."

"He mixes his pitches so well," said Cambria of Grieg, who was relieved by Fackovec (1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K) for the final inning. "Usually, a pitcher uses his curve to set up his fastball, but Jimbo does it opposite. He uses his fastball to set up his curve and does it well."

After Bonviso’s RBI single and Fackovec’s RBI ground out helped Great Kills build an 8-0 lead through 3½ innings, Cambria’s troops broke the game wide open with a five-run fifth that featured key hits from Carmine Bruno (RBI double), Gumb (RBI single), Huntzinger (RBI single), Fackovec (RBI double) and Carbonella (RBI single).


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