|Ally Titsworth pitched two hitless innings to help keep her Morgan Stanley team in the game during AAA baseball action at Bayfront Park on Longboat Key. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
|Instructional league player Jacob Talucci bats for his Morgan Stanley team.
|Pairing up like Sandra Dee and James Darren in "Gidget," the 1959 launch of a series of surf movies, Andrew Ross and Alexandra Howe, try out their skills at surf school. Islander Photos: Lee Ross
|The surfing school class of 2006 with instructors Kevin Kirn and Joey Mattay.
Little League tops Island sports week news
Blake Wilson's RBI double-plated Glenn Bower with the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Duncan Real Estate escaped with a 7-6 victory over Morgan Stanley in AAA baseball action on May 6 at Bayfront Park in Longboat Key.
Pitchers Mikey Dolan of Duncan and William Brusso of Morgan Stanley breezed through the first two innings. Morgan Stanley got one run in the third when Lee Bergeron reached on a fielder's choice and came around to score on an RBI single by Martine Miller.
Duncan Real Estate roared back in the bottom of the inning as Jonah Caster, Glenn Bower and Wilson hit consecutive singles. Hits from Connor Cloharty and Dolan were sandwiched around errors on batted balls from Hunter Parrish and Alex Burgess to give Duncan a 6-1 lead to end the inning.
Ally Titsworth took over mound duties to start the fourth and pitched a pair of hitless innings to keep Morgan Stanley in the game.
Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley began to whittle away at the Duncan Real Estate lead, scoring three runs in the top of the fifth to pull to within 6-4. Titsworth walked and came around to score on a passed ball while Miller, who also reached first via a walk, scored on a single from Jack Titsworth. Jack Titsworth scored the final run of the inning when he slid across home on a passed ball.
Morgan Stanley tied the score in the top of the sixth when Bergeron walked, stole second and third before scoring the tying run on a passed ball. Miller then walked and made her way to third and then scored on a gutsy call by her third-base coach. Miller took a big lead off third when she perfectly timed the throw from Duncan catcher Dolan to Bower who was now pitching. Miller broke on the throw and slid under the tag for the go-ahead run, which set the table for Wilson and some late-game heroics for Duncan.
Wilson finished 2-for-2 including the game-winning double, while Dolan added a pair of singles and one run scored. Bower singled and scored twice for Duncan, which also received a single and one run from Cloharty in the victory.
Julian Botero went 2-for-2 to lead the Morgan Stanley offense that also received a single and two runs scored from Miller and a single and one run scored from Jack Titsworth. Bergeron and Ally Titsworth each scored one run for Morgan Stanley in the loss.
On May 3, Jake Rappe "rapped" a bases-loaded triple and a two-run double to lead WMFD past Morgan Stanley in AAA baseball action. Daniel Janisch tripled among his two hits and Bo Gurskis added a double and two runs scored to add to the WMFD offense. Tommy Price and Daniel Pimental each singled and scored one run, while Austin Wash scored four runs from his lead-off position.
Chris Pate singled and scored three runs and Ally Titsworth added one hit and two runs scored to lead the Morgan Stanley offense. Lee Bergeron walked three times and scored three runs for Morgan Stanley in the loss.
For the younger kids, baseball action utilizing the pitching machine continued with a great game on May 4 between Betsy Hills Realty and Island Real Estate.
The two teams teed off for a combined 31 hits and 20 runs in a game that fittingly finished in a 10-10 tie. Kalif Mora of IRE went 4-for-4, including a pair of home runs, a double and three runs scored, while teammate Anthony Cucci also went 4-for-4 with one run scored. Lexi Moore had a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate that included three runs scored, while Joey Cucci singled three times and scored twice. Courtney Wash added a pair of singles and one run scored for Island Real Estate.
Billy Eddy led the Betsy Hills attack with a home run, single and one run scored, while Phillip Dudevoir went 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Olivia Brouder and Kobi Hunter each went 2-for-2 with two runs scored. while Johnny Mattay doubled and scored once.
In AA league baseball action on May 4, Beach Bistro rallied for four runs in the top of the fourth to defeat Bark Realty 5-3. Keegan Murphy, Sterling Louw and Jay Royal each doubled and scored one run to lead the Bistro offense, which also received a single and one run from Alyssa Bosch and Blake Tedesco. Josh Zawistoski and Max Driscoll each collected singles for Bistro in the victory.
Christian Diaz had a home run among his two hits to lead the Bark offense, which also received a single and one run scored from Micky Koczersut and Jacob Bell. Joey Salinas rounded out the Bark offense with a single in the second inning.
On May 2, Morgan Stanley pounded out 19 hits including a perfect 3-for-3 day from Adam Hart that included a pair of home runs and three runs scored during Morgan Stanley's 15-3 victory over Beach Bistro. Nick Calleja, Sophie Bernet, Jack Walter, Henrick Brusso and Henery Bernet each collected a pair of hits to add to the Morgan Stanley offense. Seth Walter, Austin Morrow, Jacob Talucci and Brandon Blanford each added one hit on the day.
Sterling Louw went 3-for-3 with one run scored and Alyssa Bosch went 2-for-3, including a two-run double to lead Beach Bistro in defeat. Keegan Murphy added a pair of singles and one run scored, while Chris Burdick singled and scored one run.
Islanders on spring surfin' safari
Young Islanders Kevin Kirn and Joey Mattay took a page from last summer's "professional" surfing school in which they were "helpers" and worked up their own instructional formula for success.
News of the entrepeneurs' first Island surfing school quickly spread among parents and kids by word of mouth and their first round of classes at the White Avenue beach in Anna Maria had some 14 students.
Watch out for the "little guys" with big skills next time there's surf - they've got the moves.
Anna Maria's Steve Doyle teamed up with Karl Thomas of Vancouver Island, Canada, to win the horseshoe competition outright on May 3 at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. The team of Bruce Munro of London, Ontario, and Bradenton's Ron Pepka emerged from a three-team playoff to claim runner-up honors for the day.
Two teams emerged from pool play to the championship round during horseshoe action on April 29. Art Kingstad of Holmes Beach teamed up with Cortez resident Tom Rhodes to win the day's proceedings. They defeated the all-Anna Maria team of George McKay and Tom Skoloda by a 25-5 score.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club held its match-play championships on Wednesday, May 3. Ernie Hauser defeated Web Cutting one-up on the 19th hole to bring home the top prize. Women's champion was Penny Williams, who defeated Joy Kaiser one-up.
Women's nine-hole championship went to Mary Selby, who defeated Mary Pat Swamy two-up.
Del Reppenhagen teamed up with Merritt Fineout to win the mixed couples' championship over Duke and Cindy Miller.