Extra-inning loss ends Island juniors short win streak
|Blake Wilson has allowed only two hits in his last two mound outings for the resurgent Islanders Juniors baseball team. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
|The Junior League Islanders Matt Bauer fouls off a pitch during the Islanders 8-7 extra-inning loss.
The Islanders Junior League baseball team came into its April 19 game against Ozark, Peron & Nelson at Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach riding a two-game winning streak. Ozark Peron & Nelson, a Manatee American League team, came in boasting an impressive 9-1 record and an earlier 20-to-something (not much) victory over the Islanders, so something had to give.
Islanders starting-pitcher Blake Wilson recorded two quick outs via ground ball to start the game, but walked Ozark catcher Ryan Bazzy. Bazzy stole second base and scored when Ryan Lombardo’s ground ball was booted for an error, giving Ozark an early 1-0 lead. Wilson escaped further damage when he induced Jake Evans to ground out to Matt Bauer at short.
The Islanders wasted little time tying the score as lead-off man Ryan Guerin blooped a single to right and quickly stole second and third. With one out and Troy Kozewski at the plate, Guerin raced home with the tying run on a passed ball. Kozewski then got plunked with a pitch, but Wilson and Daniel Pimental both grounded out to end the inning.
Wilson and his mound counterpart, Evans, made quick work in the second inning, but Evans experienced some difficulty in the bottom of the third. Guerin walked and Glen Bower got hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second with one out. Lombardo came on and replaced Evans on the mound and promptly gave up an RBI double to Kozewski that scored Guerin and sent Bower to third. Wilson then blooped a single to right to score Bower and move Kozewski to third. Pimental got plunked to load the bases for Bauer, who hit a blooper behind third that Ozark shortstop Evans couldn’t hold onto to score Kozewski for a 4-1 lead.
Trevor Bystrom bunted the ball on an attempted safety squeeze and Wilson came racing up the third-base line toward home when he unexplicably stopped running. He then attempted to dive home head first and was tagged out by Ozark catcher Bazzy. Wilson’s right hand was cut by Bazzy’s spike and Bystrom struck out to end the inning.
Due to the cut, Wilson was unable to resume pitching and was replaced by Kozewski on the mound, who next walked Bazzy on four pitches. Bazzy moved to second on a pick-off attempt. Lombardo plated Bazzy with a double down the left-field line and moved to third on a bloop single by Evans.
The Islanders caught a break when Bystrom made a diving catch on a sinking line drive off the bat of Nick Fabre that turned into a double play. Lombardo then scooted home on a passed ball to pull to within one run at 4-3. Kyle Green reached on an error in front of Shane Hooker and Danny Harrington, who each walked. Wilson reentered the game with the ring finger on his pitching hand taped up and promptly induced a popup to the mound to end the inning.
The Islanders added a run in the bottom of the fourth when Patrick Edwards walked and scored from first on Chris Pate’s bunt attempt, which was popped up and dropped for an error. Bazzy’s ensuing throw went into the right-field corner, sending Pate to third, but Lombardo struck out Christian Hightower and Kozewski to end the inning with the Islanders leading 5-3.
Ozark, Peron & Nelson retook the lead in the top of the sixth. Bazzy reached on a one-out, infield single and Lombardo walked. A stolen base and a passed ball put runners on second and third with Evans at the plate. Evans hit a grounder to short, but a throwing error allowed Bazzy to score and sent Lombardo to third. Evans stole second and Fabre grounded out to third, scoring Lombardo to tie the score at 5-5. A popup to second was dropped, scoring Evans with the lead run before Wilson got out of the inning when he got Hooker to ground out to Guerin at third with the Islanders trailing 6-5.
The Islanders tied the score at 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Guerin reached second when his long fly ball to center was dropped for an error. Guerin stole third and scored when Kozewski grounded out.
Ozark retook the lead without a hit in the top of the seventh. Bazzy again walked and quickly stole second base. A groundout by Evans moved Bazzy to third where he scored on a passed ball for a 7-6 Ozark lead.
The Islanders’ hopes didn’t look good when Pimental and Bauer popped out, but Bystrom raked a two-out double over the left fielder’s head to give the Island faithful some hope. They were rewarded when Zach Even fouled off several pitches with two strikes in the count before lining a clutch single to right field to score Bystrom with the tying run.
Green reached first safely when his grounder to third was thrown in the dirt and Hooker reached base on a bloop single to left. New pitcher Bystrom struck out the next two hitters, but walked Ozark and Bazzy to score Green with the go-ahead run. An errant pick-off attempt worked out when Guerin threw out Hooker at home to end the inning.
Unfortunately, the Islanders went down in order in the bottom of the eighth to end the game on the short end of an 8-7 score.
The loss ended a two-game winning streak that was started when Blake Wilson threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout against Palmetto. Wilson struck out eight to out-duel former Islander Wyatt Easterling, who allowed only two hits over six innings to take the hard-luck loss for Palmetto.
The Islanders scored the lone run of the game in the first when Guerin tripled and scored on an RBI groundout by Wilson. Patrick Edwards got the only other hit on the day for the Islanders.
Their second straight victory came against Quality Cleaners on April 16. The Cleaners were one run from earning a 10-run mercy-rule victory, but the Islanders scored three runs in the fifth to stay alive before rallying for eight runs in the pivotal sixth inning to take the lead for good. They went on to win 20-19 behind lead-off man Guerin, who doubled, tripled and scored four runs to lead the Islanders, which also received two hits and two runs apiece from Daniel Pimental and Matt Bauer. Glen Bower added a single and three runs scored for the Islanders. Trevor Bystrom earned the pitching win with three innings of three-hit ball.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome game April 16 that saw the team of James Atkinson, Dick Grimme, Chris Collins and Bob Kelly fire a 17-under-par 111 to claim first place for the day. Second place went to the team of Dan Hayes, Bob Gallagher, Don LaTorre and Bob Dickinson with a 112. The team of Bob Jorgensen, John Driscoll and Paul Keys took home third place with a score of 114.
The weekly nine-hole game on April 14 was also a two-best-balls-of-foursome game. The team of Bob King, Jon Lindwall, Pat Hibbs and Dave Kruger carded a 13-under-par 51 to earn the day’s bragging rights. There was a two-way tie for second as the team of Gordon McKinna, Fred Meyer, Jim Finn and Chet Hutton matched the 10-under 54 of Hugh Holmes, Dick Eichorn and Pete Weir. Third place went to John Heiselman, Ed Havlik, Gary Harris and Bob Sayles with a 55.
The weekly coed matchup on April 11 was a two-best-balls-of-foursome game as well. The team of Joy Nellis, Joyce Brown, Tom Warda and Jim Finn carded a 9-under 55 to edge the team of Nell Bergstrom, Frankie Smith-Williams, Hal Sears and Matt Behan at 57.
More golf news
The annual Anna Maria Island Privateers are now accepting registrations for their Whitey Horton Memorial Golf Tournament May 10, a fun golf tournament with a booming cannon start.
This year it is being held at River Run Golf Links. Cost for this event is $75 per person, which includes four drink tickets, a barbecue dinner and awards ceremony. Hole sponsorships are available for only $50 and sponsors for door prizes are also needed.
To reserve your foursome, list your players and make checks payable to Anna Maria Island Privateers. Mail to P.O. Box 1238, Holmes Beach FL 34218.
For more information, contact Chip Jones at 941-812-1412.
Four teams advanced from pool play with undefeated records to vie for the day’s bragging rights at the April 16 horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. The team of Ron Pepka and Adin Shank outlasted John Crawford and Rod Bussey by a 23-19 score.
The April 12 games saw five teams advance out of pool play. The team of Norm Good and Art Kingstad defeated John Johnson and Karl Thomas 25-10, while Ron Pepka and Hank Huyghe defeated Tom Skoloda and Herb Puryear 23-14. Pepka and Huyghe then defeated Jennifer Rhodes and John Crawford 24-5 to advance to the finals where they overcame the team of Good and Kingstad 23-17 in the finals.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Anna Maria Island Little League schedule
7 p.m.April 28Islanders vs. Ozark @ Bray Park
10 a.m.May 3 JR3 vs. Islanders @ Birdie Tebbetts
7 p.m.May 6Islanders vs. JR 6 Nelson @ Bray Park
7:30 p.m.April 24Islanders vs. Trident @ Bray Park
7:30 p.m.April 28American Car Care vs. Islanders @ AMICC
6:30 p.m.April 24Wood Dock vs. Sun @ AMICC
6:30 p.m.April 29 Beef O’Brady’s vs. Sun @ AMICC
7 p.m.April 25Florida Eye Tours vs. LPAC
11 a.m.April 26Florida Eye Tours vs. Americo Title
5:30 p.m.April 25 HB Auto Repair vs. Island Fitness
9:30 a.m.April 26Morgan Stanley vs. HB Auto Repair
AMICC Flag Football schedule
(all games at Birdie Tebbetts sports field)
5-7 age division
6 p.m.April 23 Dips vs. Walter
6 p.m.April 29 Dips vs. Walter
8-9 age division
6 p.m.April 24Sparks vs. Ross
6 p.m.April 28 Ross vs. LPAC
6 p.m.April 29 Ross vs. Sparks
10-12 age division
7 p.m.April 28Americo vs. Mr. Bones
13-16 age division
7 p.m.April 24 AMI Video vs. Pine Avenue
7 p.m.April 29Animal Clinic vs. AMI Video