|Duncan Real Estate's Steven Sylvester doesn't like this pitch much during Anna Maria Island Little League action at the Center.
Duncan holds onto big lead in AMI Little League
Duncan Real Estate ran into a "speed bump" on its way to the championship of the Anna Maria Island Little League in a 14-14 tie game with Island Lumber Monday, April 19. The tie was the closest thing to a loss that the Duncans have experienced since dropping a 12-11 decision to West Manatee Fire Distrcit back on April 2.
With the season quickly winding down, there appear to be no challengers left to knock them from the top spot they've held all season. Duncan won its other game last week, taking a 16-9 decision from WMFD Friday, April 23. WMFD also experienced a 10-5 loss to Island Lumber on Wednesday, April 21.
With the last regular-season game on the schedule set for May 6 and not too many makeup games, the regular season will soon be history.
leaves the playoffs as the only chance for either Island Lumber or WMFD to exact some revenge on Duncan. With Island Lumber's 14-14 tie this past week and WMFD's penchant for playing Duncan Real Estate close, anything can happen, so stay tuned.
Duncan Real Estate 16, WMFD 9
Cory Wash went 3-for-3 with one run scored and Steven Sylvester singled and scored three runs to lead Duncan Real Estate to a seven-run victory over WMFD on Friday night. Kyle Bellinger and Dillon King each added a single and two runs scored, while Forrest Goodwin walked four times and scored four runs.
WMFD was led by Blake Wilson and Zach Evan, who each singled and scored two runs, while Jordan Sebastiano doubled and scored once. Jack Titsworth and Trevor Bystrom each added a single and one run scored in the loss.
Island Lumber 10, WMFD 5
Island Lumber pounded out eight hits while receiving a strong pitching effort from Broderick West to record a 10-5 victory over WMFD Wednesday. West struck out 10 batters to earn the pitching win while also contributing at the plate with a single and one run scored. Joey Hutchinson and Daniel Riley each ripped a pair of singles and scored twice to lead the hit parade. Matt Bauer added a single and three runs scored, while Zach Facheris and Connor Cloharty each added singles in the victory.
Daniel Janisch went 2-for-3, including a pair of runs, and Tommy Price added a pair of singles and one run scored to lead the WMFD hitting attack. Blake Wilson managed three singles, but was left stranded as WMFD couldn't come up with the clutch hit when it was needed.
Duncan 14, Lumber 14
Duncan Real Estate took a 14-13 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, but Kyle Aritt walked and later scored on a passed ball to tie the game for Island Lumber as the time limit kicked in at Monday night's game.
Cory Wash had a huge game for Duncan, going 3-for-5, including a pair of triples, a double and three runs scored, while Forrest Goodwin singled and scored four runs. Steven Sylvester, Austin Wash and Kyle Bellinger each added a single and one run scored in the tie.
Daniel Janisch had a pair of doubles and two runs scored and Patrice Facheris went 2-for-3 with two runs scored to pace Island Lumber in the tie. Glenn Bower added three runs scored and Cameron Ellsworth crossed the plate twice to round out the Island Lumber offense.
Waterfront wins Hall of Fame qualifier in basketball
Island residents Kyle Dale and Sam Lott joined Joe Hills and Joe Morris of Palmetto High School as members of the Waterfront 3-on-3 basketball team that won the Hall of Fame 3-on-3 basketball tournament on April 17-18 in Tampa. As tournament winners, the team has qualified for the national tournament to be held over the Labor Day weekend in Orlando.
The format for these basketball tournaments is the first team to score 20 points or whichever is leading after 30 minutes of play is determined the winner of the game.
The Waterfront team won the championship while also avenging an earlier loss to 4U2NV (I'm not making this up) when Joe Hills scored the game-winner from the low post to make a winner out of the Waterfront. The Waterfront had a tough go of it in the semifinals as well, edging a team from Tampa Jesuit High School 19-17 to finish the weekend with a 3-1 record with all three victories coming on what turned out to be a busy Sunday afternoon.
Dale and Lott were also employees at the Waterfront Restaurant prior to its closing after a fire. Despite their recent setbacks, owners Jason and Leah Suzor still graciously agreed to sponsor the team. Many thanks to them - the team members all played their hearts out and are very grateful for the Suzors' generosity.
Grommet Surf, SK8 & Skim 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, contact Brandi Brady at 778-4197, or Else Brusso at 778-2838.
Calling all golfers
The Anna Maria Island Privateers 10th annual Whitey Horton Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, May 8, at the Manatee County Golf Course. Shotgun - er, cannon start - for this four-person scramble is set for 1 p.m.
Cost for this event, which raises money for the Whitey Horton Memorial Scholarship Fund, is $80 per person or $300 per foursome, which includes an awards dinner at the Kirby Stewart American Legion on 75th Street.
The tournament will include a putting contest from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in addition to closest-to-the-pin and longest-drive contests.
Deadline for registering your spot in the tourney is May 1. Call Deby Kuderle at 753-1629, Jane Dunn at 794-5163, or Kathy Griffenkranz at 747-4953 to sign up.
The tournament is still in need of hole sponsors. For $100, your business will receive tee sign advertising for your business, and for $250, sponsors receive a tee sign and one entry for golf and dinner.
Anna Maria Island Little League baseball schedules
Date Time Teams
Junior League (ages 13-15)
April 30 7 p.m. Islander vs. Team No. 2, G.T. Bray Park
Major League (ages 9-12)
April 28 6:30 p.m. WMFD vs. Island Lumber
April 30 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. Island Lumber
May 3 6:30 p.m. WMFD vs. Island Lumber
Minor League (ages 8-9)
April 29 6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs. Morgan Stanley
May 1 11:30 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs. Betsy Hills
May 4 6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs. Morgan Stanley
T-ball (ages 5-7)
May 1 9 a.m. Beach House vs. Air & Energy
May 1 10 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs. Harry's
Major League Standings (as of April 24)
Duncan Real Estate 8-2-1
Island Lumber 4-5-1
Top 10 batting averages (as of April 23)
Cory Wash, Duncan .600
Steven Sylvester, Duncan .459
Blake Wilson, WMFD .444
Jordan Sebastiano, WMFD .444
Tommy Price, WMFD .432
Kyle Bellinger, Duncan .419
Kyle Crum, Duncan .385
Max Huber, Duncan .357
Kyle Aritt, Island Lumber .344
Forrest Goodwin, Duncan .333
Zach Facheris, Island Lumber .333