|Heather Dearlove and Kali Walkee make the final turn during the Manasota Elks Middle School Track Meet. Dearlove held off her King Middle teammate to win the 1,600 meter run.
Come-from-behind victory extends Duncan league lead
Duncan Real Estate won a pair of baseball games last week to open up a 3 1/2-game lead over Island Lumber and a four-game lead over WMFD in Anna Maria Island Community Center's Little League.
Duncan opened the week's action with a 13-8 win over Island Lumber Wednesday, April 16, and followed with a come-from-behind win over WMFD Saturday. Monday's scheduled game between WMFD and Island Lumber was then rained out and will be made up at a later date.
Saturday was also "Fun Day" at the Center with hotdogs, flavored ice concoctions and plenty of soda and candy to eat while enjoying the different games, including favorites like the moon walk, a golf challenge and the always popular dunk tank.
Don't forget that Sunday, May 30, is Anna Maria Island Community Center Day at Tropicana Field. The New York Yankees and its collection of All-Stars like Jason Giambi, A-Rod and Derek Jeter will come to the Trop for a 1:15 p.m. game against promising Tampa Bay youngsters like Carl Crawford, Rocco Baldelli and Aubrey Huff.
Upper infield reserved seats cost just $15 with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the center.
To place ticket orders or for more information, you can contact the Anna Maria Island Community Center at 778-1908, or you can contact Devil Rays representative Barry Jones at 1-888-FAN RAYS, ext. 3123 or (727) 825-3123.
Duncan Real Estate 10, WMFD 6
Duncan Real Estate pulled out its victory over WMFD behind some quality relief pitching from Cory Wash and some clutch hitting by a host of players.
Trailing 6-5 entering the top of the sixth inning, Justin Suca walked to lead off the inning and came around to score following back-to-back singles by Austin Wash and Steven Sylvester. Forrest Goodwin grounded out for the first out of the inning before Wash singled in Austin Wash for Duncan's first lead since the second inning. Kyle Bellingar then came through with a two-run double to score Sylvester and Cory Wash for a 9-6 lead. Bellingar later came home on a passed ball with the 10th and final run of the game.
Duncan opened the game by taking a 1-0 lead when Sylvester walked and later scored on an RBI single to left-center by Bellingar, but WMFD came right back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.
With one out, Zach Evan reached on an error and scored on an RBI double into the left-field corner by Jordan Sebastiano.
Max Huber singled and scored a run for Duncan in the second when, after a stolen base put him in scoring position, he easily scored on a single to center by Austin Wash.
WMFD fought back to take the lead in the second when Trevor Bystrom and Burns Easterling led off the inning with back-to-back walks. Wyatt Easterling singled home Bystrom, and Burns Easterling came home on a fielder's choice grounder by Blake Wilson for a 3-2 lead.
Duncan came back in the top of the third to tie the game when Cory Wash singled, and after stealing second and third, he easily scored when Kyle Crum's grounder to the right side got booted for an error.
WMFD scored its final runs in the bottom of the fourth when Wilson reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a triple to right field by Evan. Singles by Tommy Price plated Evan and Price for a 6-3 lead that they couldn't hold.
Cory Wash was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and Bellingar was 3-for-4, including a triple and two runs scored to lead Duncan at the plate. Austin Wash added three hits and one run scored for Duncan, which also received a single and two runs scored from Sylvester and a single and one run from Huber. Bellingar and Cory Wash combined to strike out nine WMFD batters as Wash claimed the pitching victory.
Price went 2-for-4 and scored one run to lead WMFD, which also received two hits, including a double and one run from Sebastiano, and a triple and two runs scored from Evan. Bystrom added a single and one run scored, while Wyatt Easterling singled and also pitched three effective innings with three strikeouts.
Duncan 13, Island Lumber 8
Duncan Real Estate pounded out 11 hits and 13 runs while receiving an outstanding pitching performance from Steven Sylvester during its 13-8 victory over Island Lumber Wednesday, April 15.
Sylvester entered the game as a pitcher with one out in the second inning and didn't allow a hit the rest of the way. He finished with 11 strikeouts, while also contributing at the plate with a 4-for-4 performance that included two runs scored.
Kyle Bellingar added a pair of singles and three runs scored for Duncan, which also received a single and three runs scored from Forrest Goodwin, and a single, triple and two runs scored from Cory Wash. Kyle Crum and Max Huber both finished with a single and one run scored for Duncan in the victory.
Kyle Aritt singled and scored one run to lead Island Lumber, which also received two runs scored from Glenn Bower and single runs from Troy Kozewski, Joey Hutchinson, Matt Bauer, Broderick West and Daniel Riley in the loss.
Skim board club announced
The West Coast Surf Shop has announced the formation of the Grommet Surf, SK8 & Skim Club for boys and girls ages 4-12. Membership cost is $20 and includes an official club T-shirt and membership card in addition to
club discounts at the surf shop, clinics and more.
Applications are available at the West Coast Surf Shop. For more information, conatact Brandi Brady at 778-4197, or Else Brusso at 778-2838.
Islanders make track mark
A few Island residents represented their school and the Island extremely well in the Manasota Elks Middle School Track Meet held Saturday, April 17, at Southeast High School in Bradenton.
Heather Dearlove won the eighth-grade girls' 1,600-meter run with an impressive 7:20.34 to just edge King Middle School teammate Kali Walkee's 7:20.38. Dearlove led going into the final turn, but Walkee accelerated past her with approximately 60 yards to go. Dearlove fell behind by 10 yards, but a late kick helped her surge past her to win by a nose.
Other high finishers include Heather's brother Justin, who finished in second place in the sixth-grade boys' 1,600-meter run with a time of 6:17. Seventh-grader Lance Burger placed in three events. He took third in the boys' 100-meter dash with a time of 14.17. He also finished in third place in the boys' 200-meter dash with a time of 28.16 seconds and wrapped up his day with a third-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 14.09.5 feet.
Eighth-grader Spencer Carper took second place in the boys' 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:40.86, while Ben Murphy ran a 6:09.38, which was good for third in the seventh-grade boys' 1,600 meter run. Stephen Thomas finished in fourth place in the sixth-grade boys' 400-meter dash with a time of 1:11.90, a mere seven-tenths of a second from the second-place finish.
In the elementary division, Orange Ridge Bullock - this writer/teacher's school - dominated the 4 by 100 relay races, which is the only event at the elementary school level. Orange Ridge captured first place in the third-grade boys, fourth-grade boys and girls and fifth-grade boys, while also capturing second place in the third-grade girls competition.
The four first-place finishes set a record in the 10-year annual event, while the fourth-grade boys team winning time broke the meet record.
Anna Maria Island Little League baseball schedules
Date Time Teams
Junior League (ages 13-15)
April 21 7 p.m. Team 5 vs. Islander @ Lions Club
Major League (ages 9-12)
April 21 6:30 p.m. WMFD vs. Island Lumber
April 23 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. WMFD
April 26 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. WMFD
Minor League (ages 8-9)
April 22 6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs. Betsy Hills
April 24 11:30 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs. Betsy Hills
April 27 6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs. Betsy Hills
T-ball (ages 5-7)
April 24 9 a.m. Harry's vs. Beach House
April 24 10 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs. Air & Energy
Major League Standings (as of April 17)
Duncan Real Estate 7-2
Island Lumber 3-5
Top 10 Batting Averages (As of April 17)
Cory Wash, Duncan .562
Steven Sylvester, Duncan .517
Jordan Sebastiano, WMFD .500
Tommy Price, WMFD .467
Kyle Bellinger, Duncan .458
Max Huber, Duncan .455
Kyle Crum, Duncan .435
Kyle Aritt, Island Lumber .423
Blake Wilson, WMFD .393
Patrice Facheris, Island Lumber .333