Long Island Express 14u Summer Baseball Heaven Elite 15u Division Champions
WEEK #4 6/27-7/3/09
The Long Island Express 12u team headed up to
Our first game was on Sunday at 11:00 AM against a quality team from
Dominic Savino pitched well. The Curve ended up 5-1 and the #16 team in pool play, another excellent team in a tough draw.
Things didn’t get any easier on Monday for game #3 at 8:30 AM. Our opponent was the Virginia Storm, the top ranked team in their state. The Storm won by a score of 14-2. The Storm ended up the #4 seed in pool play and went to the Final Four of the tournament, losing to the eventual champions. Many lessons learned in that loss. At 1-2 with an 11 run against average, things were looking a little bleak for the boys. The team and coaches headed back to the barracks to try and regroup for their 7:00 PM game against another top team, the California Voodoo. The team came back with renewed determination that night and was ready to play. They beat the Voodoo 5-0 in a tighter game than the score indicated. Joe Flynn threw a no-hitter in a great pitching performance. Excellent defensive plays by Rich Ciufo, Dan McEvoy and Christian Steigerwald kept the no-hitter intact. Timely hitting was also a key to victory. The Voodoo was the #22 seed in pool play with a 5-1 record, another team who only lost to the Express. Every opponent the boys had played to this point was excellent so a 2-2 record for them at this point was not too shabby going into Tuesday.
The first game on Tuesday was at 1:45 PM against the Cincy Flames, yet another top team in pool play. Billy McClean pitched fantastic in a complete game 8-0 victory. The team played great defense in this game and timely hitting by Sal Geraci, Matt Devito and others led the team to victory. The Flames were the #53 seed but also had a very tough draw and were better than their ranking indicated. Our next game on Tuesday was against the Central Region Warriors from
The Express did a fantastic job on coming back from their low point on Monday morning. They had improved from approximately the #83 seed to #43 in pool play, going 4-2 overall. The boys really came together as a team. This gave them two byes at the start of single elimination tournament play. The team goal coming in was to finish in top 32. This meant winning 2 tournament games on Wednesday.
Our first tournament opponent on Wednesday at 3:00 PM was the South Florida Bombers, the #58 seed. In what turned out to be the team’s only easy game of the week, the Express bats were loud in a 20-2 victory. Tyler Soden, Liam Russell and a host of others hit the ball well in this game. Since it was now win or go home, we had another game immediately following at 5:30 PM. Our opponent again was the California Voodoo, the #22 seed. In another hard fought game, the Express prevailed in a 4-1 victory. Matt Devito pitched a complete game, a great performance coming back on 2 days rest. The team had now met its goals and was excited about the possibility of advancing to the sweet 16 with another victory. In an exhausting third straight game, our opponent was the West Boynton Tornadoes from
The team had now made it to the Sweet Sixteen playing on Thursday, quite an accomplishment for a
With multiple rain delays down 13-0, the Express mounted a valiant comeback but came up short in a 15-7 loss. The game was over 7 hours from start to finish.
After being 1-2 on Monday, the boys won 5 of 6, including three tournament games, to finish up at 7-3 for the week. Against the quality of competition the team faced, that is a great accomplishment. NINE different players hit home runs and the team had a total of 22 home runs for the week. Pitching and defense were strong all week as well. Great job by the team and coaching staff!
CONGRATULATIONS L.I. EXPRESS!!!!!!!!
Baseball Heaven 14u
SportsWorx Summer Classic
5 & 1
2008 Baseball Heaven Summer League Champs
The Long Island Express is an Independent travel baseball organization that was established in 2004. At this time, there are two teams 13U and 15U, that consists of players from Suffolk County, Long Island. The organizer and manager of the team, Tom Steigerwald, along with the coaching staff and its members have aspired to create an organization which will continue to develop its player's knowledge and philosophies of baseball on what we call "Our Field of Dreams".
With objectives in mind for the organization and its players, we take pride in offering a well rounded coaching staff to teach and motivate the team to play the American pastime, Baseball. While the organization is young, all of the managing staff and the majority of the teams have been together for the past six years.
We are looking forward to expanding the organization's team divisions, taking our time do this in the proper manner is important. We want to ensure that the players remain a primary focus and each added team will receive equal attention in achieving the goals the organization has set forth.
On the baseball diamond many dreams can come true. Whatever they may be; respect, courage, team spirit or just playing ball, we are trying to help our players fulfill theirs.
"Some people make things happen, some people watch what happens and some people wonder what happened. We try to surround ourselves with people who can achieve the former." "We believe in work, work is how you get better."
"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." -Winston Churchhill