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Date of Issue: May 05, 2005

Martine Miller dives back across her body in an attempt to catch an errant throw to second during Morgan Stanley's 13-4 loss to Duncan Real Estate in Island Little League action. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
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Jordan Sebastiano slides in with a run for Duncan Real Estate as Morgan Stanley catcher Matt Bauer tries in vain to tag him out.
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WMFD takes over AAA lead with pair of wins

WMFD won two games last week to open up a game-and-a-half lead over Duncan Real Estate in AAA Little League action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.  WMFD defeated Morgan Stanley 10-6 on Monday, April 25, and followed that up with a 15-11 win over Duncan Real Estate on Wednesday, April 27, to extend its winning streak to five games. WMFD hasn't lost a game since their 13-4 loss to Duncan Real Estate on April 11. Duncan Real Estate bounced back from its loss to WMFD on Wednesday with a 13-4 victory over Morgan Stanley to move back to the .500 mark in the standings.

With only five or six games remaining to be played, WMFD has given itself a little breathing room, but with two games remaining between Duncan and WMFD, anything can happen - stay tuned.

Duncan 13, Morgan Stanley 4

Troy Kozewski, Jordan Sebastiano and Kyle Crum combined to limit Morgan Stanley to two hits and four runs for Duncan Real Estate's 13-4 victory Friday, April 29. Crum came on to close the game out and struck out five batters in two scoreless innings of work. Duncan was led at the plate by Sebastiano who was 2-for-2, including a pair of doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. Kozewski scored three runs on two walks and a single, including one on a steal of home. Trevor Bystrom walked twice and scored two runs, while Patrick Edwards, Daniel Pimentel, Travis Belsito, Austin Wash and Jake Rappe scored one run to contribute to the Duncan total.

Morgan Stanley was led by Daniel Janisch, who singled and scored one run, and Martine Miller, who had an RBI double in the second inning. Giorgio Gomez, Zach Evans and Katie Hunt each scored a run to round out the Morgan Stanley scoring in the loss.

WMFD 15, Duncan 11

WMFD rallied from a 7-3 deficit thanks to a nine-run third inning during its 15-11 come-from-behind victory over Duncan Real Estate Wednesday. Tommy Price had a pair of singles and one run scored in the inning that also saw singles from Blake Wilson, Shawn Conover, Justin Succa and Elijah Toussaint with each of them coming around to score. Michael Dolan, Jonah Castor, Alex Burgess and Hunter Parrish each scored one run in the inning as well.

Price preceeded his big third inning with a two-run home run over the left-center field fence making him the first player to leave the yard this season. Toussaint matched Price's 3-for-3 hitting performance, while Wilson added a pair of singles and two runs scored for WMFD. Conover finished the game 1-for-2 with two runs scored, while Succa finished with a single and one run scored.

Duncan Real Estate received another big hitting performance from Jordan Sebastiano, who drove in three runs on a pair a triples while also scoring twice. Kyle Crum went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, while Glenn Bower singled, doubled and scored once in the loss.

WMFD 10, Morgan Stanley 6

Tommy Price went 2-for-3 including an inside-the-park home run and two runs scored and Joey Hutchinson counted a two-run double among his two hits and one run scored to lead WMFD past Morgan Stanley Monday night. Hunter Parrish and Blake Wilson each singled and scored a pair of runs for WMFD, which also received a single from Justin Succa and one run scored from Alex Burgess and Michael Dolan in the victory.

Morgan Stanley was led by Giorgio Gomez, Matt Bauer and Kyle Parsons, who each singled and scored one run. William Brusso, Daniel Janisch, Zach Even and Katie Hunt each added a run for Morgan Stanley in the loss.

Island hockey league action

Wally Stern's hat trick in the second period helped the Sun to a hard-fought 5-4 victory over Home True Value Hardware Saturday, April 30, in roller hockey action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Wally Stern finished with four goals and one assist, while brother Trey Stern added a goal and one assist. Darren Phillips rounded out the Sun scoring with one assist.

Travis Belsito led True Value with three goals while teammate Zach Facheris added one goal in the loss.

Play It Again 8, True Value 6

Patrick Anderson scored four goals in the third period to help rally Play It Again Sports to an 8-6 come-from-behind victory over Home True Value Hardware on Thursday, April 28. Anderson finished with five goals while teammate Broderick West added two goals and one assist. Max Marnie scored one goal to round out the Play It Again scoring.

Troy Kozewski scored three goals and Zack Facheris added two goals to lead True Value in the loss. Travis Belsito completed the Hardware scoring with one goal.

Don't miss Whitey Horton Memorial Golf Tournament

The 11th Annual Whitey Horton Memorial Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for the Anna Maria Island Privateers is set for Sunday, May 15, at the prestigious El Conquistador Country Club for only $100 per golfer. The tournament is named after the late Whitey Horton, an original founder of the Privateers, and helps fund the Privateers' college scholarship program.

The Privateers are a non-profit organization founded in 1951 that raise money for youths in and around the area. The pirate members are all volunteers, giving of their time and energy and covering their own cost for beads and costumes.

Tournament check-in is at 10 a.m. and the tournament commences with a big cannon shot at 1 p.m. Prior to the cannon start, there will be a putting contest where, for a mere $5, golfers will compete to qualify for a chance to sink a 60-foot putt and win $5,000 - cash!

At each par three, contestants will have a chance to win a $24,000 boat, a week-end in Las Vegas, a Sony Camcorder and two airline tickets if they can shoot a hole-in-one. In addition to the hole-in-one contests, there will also be a longest- and shortest-drive contest and prizes for first-, second- and third-place overall winners.

The tournament is also looking for sponsors. For $500 you get two tournament entries, a large sign on the tee box, two banquet tickets and recognition at the banquet. For $250, sponsors receive one tournament entry, two banquet tickets and a medium tee box sign. One hundred dollars gets you a small tee box sign and one ticket to the banquet. There are also cart sponsorships available for $75 and green sponsorships available for $50.

For more information, call 941-650-6136 or 729-9039.

Team Bordes wins six in a row

Team Bordes improved to 6-2 on the season after fashioning an ugly 17-14 win over the G.T. Bray Warriors on Friday, April 29. Team Bordes and the Warriors combined to make 18 errors, turning what should have been a Team Bordes blowout into a 14-13 battle after four innings.

Tanner Pelkey helped right the Team Bordes ship in the top of the fifth when he singled up the middle and Justin Roberts doubled, sending Pelkey to third. A fielder's choice grounder brought Pelkey home and Roberts came home on an RBI groundout by Carl Ricciardi to open up a 16-13 lead.

Pat Cole came in to pitch in the bottom of the fifth and closed the game out. He allowed only two hits and one walk while striking out two in three innings of relief. Scott Wollett provided Cole with a little extra breathing room when he led off the sixth with a triple and later scored on a past ball.

Next up for Team Bordes is a 7 p.m. game at G.T. Bray against Central Sarasota No. 1 on Friday, May 6.

Sign up now for May Monster Jam

The third-annual Monster Jam 3-on-3 basketball tournament is set for Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Turnout is usually high for this popular event so it is advised to sign up teams ASAP. Cost is $75 per team with an entry deadline of Friday, May 13. Teams are allowed a maximum of four players with each player receiving a T-shirt. Teams are guaranteed at least two games. Age divisions start at 8-9 and progress up to 16-17 with additional age divisions for the 18-29, 30-39 and 40 and above wannabe players.

There will also be a dunk contest and three-point shooting contest in each age division. Plan for an all-day event. The schedule will assign different age groups to play on either Saturday or Sunday, not both.

For more information, contact Andy Jonatzke at 778-1908.

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