Duncan regular season wins no fluke
|The WMFD shortstop makes a nice play on this ground ball during the team's 11-9 loss to Island Lumber.
Duncan Real Estate dominated the Anna Maria Island Little League's regular season so it should come as no surprise that it easily won its opening game of the season-ending, double-elimination tournament Friday, May 14.
Bellinger struck out two batters in each inning and walked only one batter in the game.
The fact that it took only four innings to rough up Island Lumber was somewhat surprising as there weren't too many mercy-rule games this season.
Duncan Real Estate pitcher Kyle Bellinger was on his game, allowing only one hit and one unearned run while striking out eight during the 13-1 four-inning victory. The win allows Duncan to sit back and wait for the winner of the Island Lumber vs. WMFD game in the loser's bracket. The winner of that game will have to defeat Duncan twice to win the tourney.
With Bellinger completely shutting down the Island Lumber hitting attack, the game was essentially over after the second inning when Duncan sent 13 batters to the plate. Two errors and two walks started the rally that was punctuated by RBI singles from Forrest Goodwin and Bellinger. Two more errors and a single by Kyle Crum ended the inning with Duncan holding a 9-0 lead.
Island Lumber did all it was going to do against Bellinger and Company in the bottom of the second when Broderick West reached on an error - and after stealing second and third and scored when Joey Hutchinson's grounder was booted for an error.
Duncan evoked the 10-run mercy rule with four runs in the top of the third on walks by Cory Wash and Max Huber and singles from Steven Sylvester, Bellinger and Forrest Schield.
Sylvester finished the day 2-for-2, including a double and two runs scored, while Bellinger added a pair of singles and two runs scored to lead Duncan. Goodwin, Schield and Crum each added a single and one run scored for Duncan, which also received three runs scored from Huber and two runs from Cory Wash.
Island Lumber was led by West, who doubled in the fourth and scored their lone run in the second inning.
Lumber 11, WMFD 9
WMFD opened up a 6-0 lead in the second inning, only to watch Island Lumber waltz its way around the bases to score eight runs in its half of the inning in the opening game of the Anna Maria Island Little League tournament played Wednesday, May 12.
Island Lumber capitalized on six walks, two errors and a pair of hits in the inning from Daniel Riley. Riley led off the inning with a single and later cleared the bases with a triple to the right field fence.
Riley finished the game 3-for-4, including a triple, double and two runs scored, while Joey Hutchinson added a pair of singles and one run scored in the victory. Cameron Ellsworth added a single, while Patrice Facheris, Troy Kozewski, Broderick West, Matt Bauer, and Kyle Aritt each scored runs for Island Lumber.
Pitcher West was dominant on the mound, except for the second inning when he struggled with his control. West pitched a complete game and allowed only two hits, striking out 13.
Tourney play continues
Monday night's game saw WMFD take on Island Lumber, with the lumber jacks sawing the bats to a 14-4 victory.
They will now face Duncan Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to possibly decide the championship. If Duncan wins, they win it all, if Island Lumber perseveres, the two teams will face off again in a winner-takes-all matchup at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 21.
Happy Birthday Lorretta!
Brothers Tom, Ken, Steve, Rick, Dan, Jeff and Matt Lease, along with sister Terry Williams joined extended family members Jimmy Ray, Caroline and Clayton Lease, Paige Lease, Sammantha and Doug Williams and friends at Steve Lease's house to celebrate Lorretta's 80th birthday.
Mrs. Lease was a long-time volunteer at the Anna Maria Island Community Center and she put the "soccer" in "Soccer Mom." Mrs. Lease, along with Ken Trent and Mike Capola, started the Island soccer program many years ago and was instrumental in jump-starting the careers of a number of strong players from the Island - players who went on to play at high school and college.
Longboat juniors dominate
Three young tennis players from Longboat Key recently competed in the "Meet Me at Pineview Junior Tennis Tournament" in Osprey on May 16.
Eight-year-old Anthea Rokop took first place in the girls' 10-and-under division of the U.S. Tennis Association event which was sponsored by the Mertz Tennis Academy.
Runner-up was 9-year-old Suni Abplanalp.
Winner of the 12-and-under boys' division was Suni's older brother Mark Abplanalp.
Monster Jam, 3-on-3 tourney accepting registration
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's second-annual "Monster Jam" 3-on-3 basketball tournament is set for this Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23, at the Center.
Prospective players from as young as 8 years and up to 40-plus can register as individuals or enter teams to compete. Cost is $75 a team or $20 per individual. Each registered player will receive a 3-on-3 T-shirt and teams are guaranteed at least two games. There will also be a three-point shoot-out and a dunk contest.
Sign up at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, or for more information, contact the Center at 778-1908.
Roller hockey startup at Center
Starting June 5, and continuing every Saturday until Oct. 30, the Center gym will be reserved for roller hockey.
Cost per player will be $35, which includes 22 Saturdays of action.
Players are responsible for providing their own hockey stick and protective equipment, which consists of a helmet, elbow and knee pads and wrist guards.
Drills will be taught before each game, which is set for three age divisions. Players ages 9-11 will have the gym 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., ages 12-13 play 1-3 p.m. and 13- to 16-year-olds will play 3-5 p.m.
For more information, contact the Center at 778-1908.