As the Frosties closed the regular season dropping 10 of their last 14 games, the team knew it had to turn it around - and quick - to get back on the winning pace the players on this team were so used to over the years. After 4 1/2 years of close calls towards league championships and difficult first-round exits - the Frosties focus did turn the fates around and led to a Frosty summer championship witha 2 out of 3 game win over Finleys Thursday night at Fireman's Field in Lindenhurst.
After Finleys took game one by 4 runs, the Frosties took games 2 and 3 wire-to-wire leading the entire way. The Frosties' new-found focus and effort made all the difference in the win. Each and every player stepped up in their own individual way that led to the ultimate team victory to capture the league championship.
Unanimous voting put Bobby "MVP" Versacci as league and playoffs MVP. Bobby had a tremendous first-year campaign and an even better performance when the lights were brightest in the playoffs as Bobby blasted 5 HRs and knocked in 13 RBI on the night.
The amazing Frosty performances did not stop there as in no particular order: Anthony "Boom Boom" Bruno with a near-perfect game 3 at the plate with clutch hit after clutch hit and also flashing his sure-handed glove at short. Coach Freddo - who smacked a HR in game one and had two big laser beams in game 3 - also made the tough choices and took all responsibility for roster moves and lineup changes that ultimately led to Frosty success. Lou "the Natural" Ohle - who finished up games 2 and 3 on an 8-9 tear, also blasting two HRs on the night. Tom "the Chair" Frem - who came alive in game 3 to blast a mammoth HR and knock in 5. Dom "Rescue Dawg" Toscano - who came up tremendously big in game 3 with a perfect batting performance including a HR and 4 RBI. Artie "Pants" Maisano - who shored up 3rd base, smacked an HR, and had 6 hits on the night. Glenn "G" Graepel who had an amazing game 2, smoking 2 HRs and driving in 6. The CCD who picked up two hard fought wins in games 2 and 3. Chris "PBJ" Catania who kept right field secure and kept timely hits coming. Tom "TK" Kalina had more timely hits including a bomb in game 2. Brian "the dirtiest player in the game" Goerke who held down Finleys bats to a minimum in game 1. And finally, John "Woodness" Woodworth - who simply belongs in the Long Island Softball Hall of Fame.
Well that's it for the regular season and playoffs. Do the Frosties set their sights on the Tournament of Champions? The CCD says keep the train moving and let's go for the gold!! I guess I'll just need to stay tuned!!
Great season. TEAM effort all around!!!!