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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Forrest Goodwin throws over to first for his Duncan Real Estate team during the season-ending Little League tourney.
Duncan bounces back to win AMI Little League tourney

Duncan bounced back from a 13-12 loss to Island Lumber on Wednesday, May 19, with a 10-8 victory on Friday, May 21, to capture the season-ending, double-elimination tournament title in Anna Maria Island Little League baseball.

Kyle Bellinger started the sixth-inning rally with a single to left field. Cory Wash walked in front of Max Huber, who drove a single to right center that scored Bellinger and advanced Wash to third. Wash then stole home to score the final run of the game.

Wash nailed down the victory with an impressive sixth inning, but not without some jitters. He induced a ground-out by Troy Kozewski for the first out before surrendering a double to Broderick West. West moved to third on a passed ball, but Wash got out of the jam by striking out the next two batters to give Duncan the championship.

Duncan jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first behind a lead-off walk from Steven Sylvester and consecutive singles by Forrest Goodwin and Bellinger.

Island Lumber came back to tie the score at three. Glenn Bower led off with a walk and easily scored when West's grounder to third was too hot to handle. Daniel Riley followed with a triple to the gap in right field that scored West. Riley came home with the tying run on a passed ball to make the score 3-3 after one inning.

Duncan retook the lead and then some in the top of the second, scoring five runs to take an 8-3 lead. Kyle Crum got things rolling with a lead-off single and scored on Sylvester's double to center. Sylvester got thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple for the second out, but Goodwin kept the inning alive with a walk. Bellinger reached on an error in front of Cory Wash, who brought Goodwin and Bellinger home with a double. Huber singled and Forrest Schield doubled to bring Huber across and complete the scoring in the fifth inning.

Island Lumber cut into the Duncan lead in the bottom of the third with three runs. Riley reached on an error and Kyle Arritt walked to set the table for hot-hitting Joey Hutchinson, who responded with a two-run triple that brought Rile and Arritt across the plate. Hutchinson then scored on a passed ball to pull to 8-6.

Island Lumber battled for a run in the fourth without the benefit of a hit. West drew a one-out walk and stole second and third before scoring from third on a passed ball to pull to within 8-7. An inning later, Island Lumber raised its hopes when it scored one run to tie the score at 8-8 thanks to a lead-off single by Matt Bauer. Bauer advanced to second on an error and later scored on a passed ball, but Duncan's sixth-inning rally ended any hope of an Island Lumber win.

Bellinger led the Duncan offense with a pair of hits including a double and three runs scored, while Goodwin added a pair of singles and two runs scored. Wash earned the pitching win while also helping himself at the plate with a double and two runs scored. Schield chipped in with a pair of singles, while Sylvester, Austin Wash and Kyle Crum each added to the hit parade for Duncan in the win.

West doubled and scored two runs and Hutchinson had a two-run triple and one run scored to lead the Island Lumber offense. Riley added an RBI triple and two runs scored for Island Lumber, which also received hits from Troy Kozewski, Matt Bauer and Patrice Facheris in the loss.

Island Lumber 13, Duncan Real Estate 12
Island Lumber survived a back-and-forth game on Wednesday that saw Duncan rally for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Broderick West ended that rally when he speared Kyle Crum's come-backer and flipped the ball to first to stay alive in the tourney.

Island Lumber's Matt Bauer reached on an error with two outs in the sixth and quickly stole second and third base. From there he easily scored on a passed ball to give Island Lumber a 13-8 lead.

West got the first out of the inning via strikeout, but a walk by Forrest Goodwin was followed by a single by Kyle Bellinger and a triple by Cory Wash to pull Duncan to 13-10. Consecutive walks loaded the bases and a few passed balls later brought Goodwin and Cory Wash across the plate to pull to 13-12 with one out. Austin Wash hit a grounder up the middle that forced Schield out at second and set the stage for West's alert play to end the game.

Kozewski went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Joey Hutchinson added a pair of singles and two runs scored to lead the Island Lumber hitting attack. Riley tripled and scored two runs, while Patrice Facheris and Bauer each singled and scored one. West singled and scored a pair of runs while also earning the pitching win with a complete-game effort that included 12 strikeouts.

Cory Wash paced Duncan with a double, triple and three runs scored, while Bellinger added a pair of singles and two runs scored in the loss. Austin Wash chipped in with a pair of singles and Sylveser singled and scored two runs.

Tickets still available Center Day at the Trop
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.

Seats are located behind home plate and the Center reports they are going fast. Buy or sell the most tickets and you could get to throw out the first pitch.

Don't want to drive to St. Pete, or need a ride? The Center's got you covered. While you're purchasing your game ticket, pick up a ticket for their air-conditioned charter bus for $15 and ride up with a gang of Center baseball fans.

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.

Monster Jam 3-on-3 tourney brings out 'gym rats'
The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosted its second annual "Monster Jam" 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday and Sunday, May 22-23. Competition was held in seven age divisions.

Age 8-9 division winners were Molly McDonough, Kelly Geurin, Glenn Bower and Zach Facheris. They defeated the team of Julian Botero, Kayla Aritt, Savannah Schield and Jay Beard.

Justin Dearlove, Alexander Chawi and Egan Fridenburg won the 10-11 division over Blake Wilson, Forrest Schield, Nash Thompson and Ally Titsworth. The 12-13 division was won by Joseph Wood, Dylan Mullen, Danielle Mullen and Jordan Betti, who defeated Matt Shafer, Broderick West, Max Marnie and Celia Ware in the finals.

Clay Orr, Tyler Bekkerus, Dustin England and Josh Elsinhimir overcame Spencer Carper, Matt McDonough, David Buck and Andrew Kerekes to win the age 14-15 division. Sam Lott, Joe Morris, Bubba Raymond and Joe Hills repeated as champions in the 16-17 division when they defeated Justin Hessinger, Franklin Moore and Terry Henry in the championship game.

Manatee High mainstays Bryan Borstelmann, Jim Lynch and Marion Rumph defeated the team of Rob Butler, Ty Reed and Justin Hessinger to win the 18-29 division. Last but not least, the team of Jim Maier, Allan Thompson, Mark Setsma and Chris Mustaine defeated the J. Lott Boys - Jon, Jim, Joe and Jess Lott - to claim the 30-plus division championship.

Competition was also held in three-point shooting and dunking. Blake Wilson took the 10-11 division in the three-point contest with Justin Dearlove winning the 12-13 contest and Kal Almadoni taking the 14-15 division. Terry Henry won the 16-17 division while Ryan Ransom claimed the 18-29 division.

Dunk contest winners were Francis Bergeron (10-11), Broderick West (12-13), Clay Orr (14-15), Terry Henry (16-17) and Bryan Borstelmann (18-29).

Congratulations to all of the winners and participants.

'Ultimate Frisbee' coming to the Center
Ultimate Frisbee is coming to the Anna Maria Island Community Center. If you're not familiar with Ultimate Frisbee, it is an exciting non-contact sport played by thousands of people around the world. It mixes the best features of sports such as soccer, basketball, football and netball into a simple yet exciting game.

The simplicity of the rules means it's easy and fun for newcomers to play. Pickup games will be made with 5-7 players. Bring your friends and get ready to experience Ultimate Frisbee!

Cost is $5 per player per day. For more information, contact the Center at 778-1908. Signup deadline is Tuesday, June 1.

Roller hockey starting up, too
Starting June 5, and continuing every Saturday until Oct. 30, the Center gym will be open for roller hockey. Cost per player will be $35, which includes 22 Saturdays.

Each player is responsible for providing their own hockey stick and protective equipment, including a helmet, elbow and knee pads and wrist guards.

Drills will be taught before each game and players will compete in three age divisions. Players ages 9-11 will have the gym from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., ages 12-13 from 1-3 p.m. and 13-16-year-olds will play from 3-5 p.m.

For more information, contact the Center at 778-1908.

Whiffle ball returns
The third-annual Island Whiffle Ball League is starting Tuesday, July 6, and continues until Friday, Aug. 6, in three age divisions. Players ages 8-10, 11-13 and 14-17 will compete inside the Center's air-conditioned gym.

You can sign up a team or as an individual at a reasonable cost of $20 per player, which includes a team T-shirt. All teams are guaranteed at least 10 games and a championship tournament.

For more information, call 778-1908, or stop by the Center to sign up.

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