On Tuesday night the Garden City Bombers advanced in the Connie Mack Wooden bat league playoffs (17-18 year old division). The Bombers, one of the younger teams in the league, beat the East Coast Hawks of Valley Stream 5-2. Andrew Rocco pitched a one hitter, striking out 11 while walking only 4. Rocco surrendered only one hit, a triple to Valley Stream’s Rick Anderson which landed on the right field foul line and then bounced into the trees at Eisenhower Park allowing the Hawks only runs to score.
Coach Lou Santos commented “Once again, we did not make any errors. Hitting wins games, but pitching and defense win championships”. First Baseman Joe Mohen led the offensive attack going 3 for 3, with two singles, a double, and a run batted in. Ryan Sweeney also got a base hit, stole second, and then scored. Second Baseman Pete O’Hanlon and A-Rock had singles. The Bombers featured seven lefties in their starting lineup.
The Bombers had advanced to the playoffs after sweeping a doubleheader from the South Shore Indians on Saturday at Community Park, behind two masterful pitching performances. In the first game, power pitcher Matt Barnes smoked Valley Stream 5-2, with Sweeny and Mohen again leading the offense with clutch base hits, as well as A-Rock, Pete O’Hanlon also delivering key hits. Righty Barnes nearly went all the way, with Chris Attardi coming in to get the last two outs. In the second game of the doubleheader, 16 year old southpaw Kevin Bott, in his first start against an 18 year old team, shocked everyone by shutting down South Shore 3-2. In that nightcap, Chris Buhse and catcher Kevin O’Hanlon combined singles to help the Bombers win a pitching duel.
On Sunday August 6, the Bombers will advance to the Metro Regional Tournament at St. John’s University.