Against perennial baseball powerhouse Port Washington on Sunday, the
visiting Garden City 8UBombers won 7-4, in a game punctuated by good pitching from both sides.
An omen for Garden City, Luke Sibblies led off the game with a triple, clobbering a ball over the center fielder's head, the ball then rolling to the wall at Lion's field. With no outs, the Garden City third base coach held Sibblies at third. Mike Busch then sacrificed Sibblies home, putting Garden City on the scoreboard first.
Starting pitcher Joey Abbate pitched three very strong innings. Second baseman Matthew Busch reached base safely three times and scored twice.
Garden City then sent rookie southpaw John Kwiatkowski to the mound in relief, yielding no runs in his first outing. Shortstop Jim O'Connel looked spectacular at bat and in the field. Bombers right-handed power pitcher Matthew Mohen pitched the final frame, and as he did the day before against Bayside, again struck out three securing the win for Garden City.
The Bombers 8U team will face Manhasset Tuesday evening, and then play three games this weekend against Herricks, HBQVB and the Rockaway Express. This tough schedule is leading up to their July 13 game at Yankee Stadium against the Tenafly Tigers.
The Garden City Bombers baseball program consists of approximately half children from Garden City, and the rest from surrounding neighborhoods
such as Hempstead and Roosevelt, and is affiliated with the Major League
Baseball RBI program. This year, the Bombers are running teams in age groups 15U, 10U, 8U and 7U.
For more information, visit http://web.mlbcommunity.org/index.jsp?content=programs&program=rbi, call 637-8644 or email GCBombers@aol.com.