Duncan pair of wins extends lead in AAA standings
|Duncan Real Estate first baseman Troy Kozewski knocks down this hard-hit grounder to record the unassisted put-out during Little League action at the Center.
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Duncan Real Estate won both of its games last week to improve to 3-1-1 in the Anna Maria Island Little League AAA season, which is one full game ahead of Morgan Stanley and two full games ahead of West Manatee Fire District.
Duncan defeated Morgan Stanley 14-7 Friday, April 15, to follow up an impressive 13-4 victory over WMFD Monday, April 11. Wednesday’s game between Morgan Stanley and WMFD was ruled incomplete and will possibly be replayed due to an inning being started after the league-mandated time limit had expired.
Duncan 14, Morgan Stanley 7
Southpaw pitcher Glenn Bower pitched four innings, allowing six hits while recording all 12 outs via strikeout, to lead Duncan past Morgan Stanley Friday, April 15, in AAA baseball action.
Bower was pretty much untouchable except for the third inning when two fielding errors behind him allowed two runners on base for Zach Evans, who brought home Giorgio Gomez with a double into the right-center field gap. Daniel Janisch then plated Blake Rivers and Evans with a single, while Janisch scored on Martine Miller’s single to left field to help Morgan Stanley pull to within 11-5.
Duncan jumped on top with two runs in the top of the first when Trevor Bystrom doubled to lead off the game. Troy Kozewski walked and following a passed ball that allowed both runners to move to second and third, Glen Bower’s two-out grounder got past first base scoring Bystrom and Kozewski for a 2-0 lead.
Morgan Stanley halved the Duncan lead in the bottom of the inning when Blake Rivers singled and scored on an RBI double by Zach Even.
Duncan broke open the game in the top of the second when Jake Rappe reached on an error in front of Patrick Facheris and Max Miller, who both walked to load the bases. Bystrom followed with a two-run double to left field, scoring Rappe and Facheris. Grant Bower then plated Miller and Bystrom with a double to dead center and Grant Bower came around to score when Kozewski tripled to give Duncan a five-run lead, ending the inning.
Duncan had one more big inning when they sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the third to score four more runs. Walks by Jordan Sebastiano, Kyle Crum, Rappe and Austin Wash were sandwiched between a single by Glenn Bower and Facheris getting beaned to help bring Sebastiano, Glenn Bower, Crum and Rappe across the plate for Duncan.
Bystrom finished the day 2-for-4 including two doubles and two runs scored to lead Duncan at the plate. Glenn Bower went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Sebastiano doubled and scored two runs for Duncan, which also received a triple and one run scored from Kozewski and two runs scored from Rappe.
Morgan Stanley was led at the plate by Martine Miller who went 2-for-3 including a triple and three RBIs and Janisch who had a two-run single and two runs scored. Zach Even and Zach Evans each contributed RBI doubles while Kyle Parsons had a single and one run scored and Rivers singled and scored twice to round out the Morgan Stanley offense.
Duncan 13, WMFD 4
Troy Kozewski allowed only three hits and struck out six in four innings of mound work to help Duncan Real Estate to a 13-4 victory on Monday, April 11.
WMFD was nursing a 3-1 lead when Duncan put seven runs on the board in the top of the third inning to break the game open. Walks by Alex Hall, Austin Wash, Glenn Bower and Travis Belsito were sandwiched around two singles in the inning by Trevor Bystrom and a triple from Jordan Sebastiano that turned into a grand slam home run thanks to a throwing error.
Sebastiano finished the game 2-for-3 including three RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Duncan offense, which also received a pair of singles and two runs scored from Glenn Bower. Bystrom and Wash each added two singles and one run scored to round out the Duncan scoring.
Justin Succa went 2-for-3, while Tommy Price and Joey Hutchinson each singled and scored one run to lead the WMFD offense in the loss.
Don’t miss AMICC Day at the Trop
All Anna Maria Islander baseball fans are invited to the fifth-annual Anna Maria Island Community Center Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Sunday, April 24. The defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox are coming to town to take on our Tampa Bay Devil Rays for a Sunday afternoon game that gets started at 2:15 p.m.
The seats are located between home plate and first base and can be purchased for $15 each at the Center. Only 300 seats remain so call the Center at 778-1908 for more information or to reserve your seats at Tropicana Field.
Islanders play senior league ball
Islanders Shane Pelkey, Sean Price, Tanner Pelkey, Pat Cole, C.J. Wickersham and Jordan Pritchard are members of Team Bordes, a Senior League baseball team for 15- to 16-year-olds. They join “towners” Justin Roberts, Nate Mozeleski, Carl Ricciardi, Braun Balsai, Justin Wollett and Chad Wickersham on a team that is hot of late.
After losing to Venice 2 and Braden River 1 in their first two games, they have reeled off four wins in succession over Venice 3, Central Sarasota 2, Braden River 1 and avenged an earlier loss to Braden River 1 in their most recent game.
Sean Price is contributing mightily for Team Bordes as a pitcher and as a hitter. He currently has a 2-0 record including one save, while also leading the team in hitting with a robust .632 batting average that includes 10 RBIs and eight runs scored. Shane Pelkey serves as the starting catcher and has fashioned a .412 batting average with eight runs scored. Other Island contributions have come from Tanner Pelkey who starts in right field, Pat Cole who serves time on the mound and behind the plate, C.J. Wickersham who starts at third, and Jordan Pritchard who utilizes his speed in the outfield and as a pinch runner.
Ricciardi, (.400 batting average) Chad Wickersham (.500 BA, 2-0 pitching record) and Braun Balsai (.333 BA) also play key roles for Team Bordes.
Next up for Team Bordes is a 7 p.m. game against Central Sarasota at G.T. Bray Park’s baseball field. After that, Team Bordes has five remaining regular season games before the season-ending pool-play tournament at Braden River Park.