Island Family Physicians in battle for top 'soft' spot
|Hailey Dearlove delivers a softball pitch during one of her three hitless innings for Island Family Physician. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Island Family Physicians has thus far put on a clinic in the Manatee Girls Softball League's 10-and-under division with an impressive 12-2 record. That's two full games better than second place Bradenton Elks, which boasts a 10-4 record, including a recent 1-0 win over IFP Thursday, April 29.
In that game, pitchers for both teams were impressive, allowing a total of five hits and no runs in five full innings before the game went to a Texas tiebreaker to determine a winner.
Island Family Physicians twice got runners to third, but were unable to come up with the clutch hit to bring a run home. Meanwhile, Bradenton Elks was limited to two hits through five innings against IFP pitchers Ally Titsworth and Hailey Dearlove.
Titsworth started and allowed two hits, no runs and struck out two in three innings of work before being replaced by Dearlove to start the fourth. Dearlove followed with three hitless innings including one strikeout, but fell victim to the dreaded Texas tiebreaker to take the loss.
A Texas tiebreaker occurs when there is a tie and the time limit has expired. The player who made the last recorded out of the previous inning is placed at second base at the start of the inning and both teams get to bat under these conditions.
IFP was the visiting team so Kelly Guerin was awarded second base and quickly moved to third on an infield single by Ashley Waring. Bradenton Elks quickly got the ball home to prevent Guerin from scoring, which allowed an alert Waring to move to second base. Unfortunately for IFP, two strikeouts and a bit of bad luck ended their chance to score.
Molly McDonough hit a grounder to third which she beat out for a single, but she was called out after she moved off the bag to avoid the Elks first baseman, who went into the baseline to catch the errant throw. The Elks first baseman alertly put a tag on McDonough, who was called out. IFP coaches Ron McDonough and Julie Dearlove argued that (McDonough) hadn't attempted to move to second, but to no avail.
Bradenton Elks scored the winning run in the home half of the inning when Jenny Winchell's ground out moved Hannah Powers to third base. With one out, Kailey Tessieri ripped a one-hopper to Emma Barlow at short stop. Powers sprinted from third at the crack of the bat and beat Barlow's throw home to end a truly incredible game by an unheard of 1-0 score.
Waring paced the Physicians' offense with a single and a double, while Barlow added a double to go along with some outstanding defensive plays at short stop.
With three-fourths of the season completed, IFP is looking for continued improvement from all of its players on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. They boast a three-deep pitching staff in Titsworth, Dearlove and Barlow, while Barlow, Martine Miller, Titsworth, Waring and Dearlove all boast on-base percentages above .650. Other members of the team include Nicole Botero, Kelly Guerin, Kristi Wickersham, Molly McDonough, Savannah Schield and Paige Morris.
Contenders for IFP's first-place position include the Bradenton Elks and Cox Cheverolet, which handed IFP its other loss, a 6-5 heartbreaker on April 5.
Island Lumber inches up
Island Lumber improved to 6-5-1 on the season in Anna Maria Island Little League thanks to an impressive 7-1 victory over Duncan Real Estate Friday, April 30, behind a tremendous pitching performance from Broderick West. West went the distance for Island Lumber and limited Duncan to three hits and one run while facing only five over the minimum in the strongest pitching performance of the season.
Island Lumber scored all of the runs they would need in the top of the first inning when Troy Kozewski walked and moved to second on a single by Patrice Facheris. Kozewski and Facheris quickly moved into scoring position on a double steal, where they easily scored on a single by Broderick West for a 2-0 lead.
West then stole second and third base and waltzed home with the third run of the game when Daniel Riley's grounder was booted for an error.
Cameron Ellsworth scored a run for Island Lumber in the second when he got plunked by a pitch and later scored on a passed ball for a 4-0 lead.
Cory Wash scored what turned out to be the lone run of the game for Duncan when he walked, leading off the home half of the second and later scored on a throwing error to pull to within 4-1.
Island Lumber added a couple of insurance runs in the third when Glenn Bower drew a lead-off walk and, after a couple of stolen bases, scored on a two-out double by Joey Hutchinson. After Hutchinson stole third, he came home on an RBI single by Matt Bauer to make the score 6-1.
Troy Kozewski completed the scoring for Island Lumber when he singled and later scored on a passed ball to make it 7-1 in favor of Island Lumber.
West did the rest, retiring nine of the last 10 Duncan Real Estate batters to end the game.
Hutchinson and Glenn Bower led the Island Lumber offense with a double and one run, while Kozewski singled and scored a pair of runs. Patrice Facheris and West each added a single and one run for Island Lumber, which also received one run scored from Connor Cloharty in the victory.
Steven Sylvester led Duncan Real Estate with a 2-for-3 game, while Max Huber singled and Wash scored the lone run in the loss.
Island Lumber 17, WMFD 10
Broderick West went 3-for-4 including a double, triple and three runs scored and Kyle Aritt added a pair of singles and two runs scored to help lead Island Lumber past WMFD Wednesday, April 28.
Troy Kozewski added a single and three runs scored for Island Lumber, which also received a single and two runs from Matt Bauer and a single and one run scored from both Joey Hutchinson and Cameron Ellsworth in the victory.
WMFD lost the game despite pounding out 16 hits led by Daniel Janisch's 4-for-4 performance and a 3-for-4 performance from Tommy Price that included a double and two runs scored. Trevor Bystrom added three singles and one run scored and Wyatt Easterling contributed a pair of singles and one run scored in the loss. Jordan Sebastiano singled twice and scored three runs and Blake Wilson doubled and scored once.
Duncan 12, WMFD 6
Duncan Real Estate parlayed 13 walks and seven base hits into a 12-6 victory over WMFD Monday, April 26. Steven Sylvester led the way with four walks, a single and three runs scored, while Dylan King and Forrest Goodwin each drew a pair of walks while adding a single and two runs scored to the victory.
Justin Suca, Max Huber and Kyle Bellinger each added a single and one run scored to round out the Duncan offense.
Daniel Janisch, Jordan Sebastiano and Trevor Bystrom each singled and scored one run in the loss for WMFD.
Excel Sports soccer camp
Excel Sports, led by Bradenton Academy head soccer coach John Hartman, is offering a soccer camp for players interested in improving their individual ball skills. He is conducting training sessions at Palma Sola Park for boys and girls ages 6-18 years old from 3-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, now to May 28.
The focus of the camp will be on individual foot skills. Each day these skills will be reinforced through small-sided games. Campers will be matched up with the appropriate talent/age group.
All campers need to bring water, ball (No. 4 for ages 7-12; No. 5 for ages 13-18), shin guards and comfortable clothing.
The fee to register is $50. To sign up, contact Hartman at 773-6010.
Calling all golfers!
The 10th annual Whitey Horton Memorial Golf Tournament, presented by the Anna Maria Island Privateers, 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 Post 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 long-drive contests.
You can still reserve your spot in the tourney by calling either Deby Kuderle at 753-1629, Jane Dunn at 794-5163, or Kathy Griffenkranz at 747-4953.
Anna Maria Island Little League baseball schedules
Date Time Teams
Major League (ages 9-12)
May 5 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. Island Lumber
May 6 6:30 p.m. Duncan vs. WMFD
Minor League (ages 8-9)
May 6 6:30 p.m. Bark Realty vs. Betsy Hills
May 8 11:30 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs. Betsy Hills
T-ball (ages 5-7)
May 8 9 a.m. Harry's vs. Air & Energy
May 8 10 a.m. Morgan Stanley vs. Beach House
Major League Standings (as of April 30)
Duncan Real Estate 9-3-1
Island Lumber 6-5-1
Top 10 Batting Averages (As of April 30)
Cory Wash, Duncan .543
Steven Sylvester, Duncan .488
Jordan Sebastiano, WMFD .452
Tommy Price, WMFD .432
Kyle Bellinger, Duncan .400
Blake Wilson, WMFD .386
Kyle Crum, Duncan .370
Max Huber, Duncan .364
Kyle Aritt, Island Lumber .351
Pat Facheris, Island Lumber .318