The Great Kills ran to an early first-half lead and rode the arms of the top four pitchers to a convincing 23-5 victory over visiting Peter Stuyvesant in Game 2 of the Little League Section 3 South 12s All-Star Baseball Tournament on Friday.
The District 24 champions swept the best of three championship series to end undefeated in All-Star play with a 7-0 mark.
“It was nice not only to play two more games with these guys, but to have two more weeks with them in general,” said GKLL chief James Speciale. “When the lights came on, they were always ready to play and they did not want to stop playing.
“At the end of the day, we can not help but wonder what could have been with this team, but it was a great experience in tough circumstances (this season).”
Leading the GKLLs offensive attack on Friday were John Gano (three hits, BB, HR, four RBI), Ryan Tserlin (two hits, BB, two RBI), Joe Raimonda (two hits, three RBI, 2B) and Jake Levine ( 3 for 3, BB, to RBI, 2B).
Speciale’s troops wasted little time taking command after scoring the first four innings, thanks to Gano’s two-run double, Raimonda’s run-scoring double and Todd Vieira’s bag fly to the right.
Gano’s solo homer to the center of the left made it 5-0 in the second, and although Stuyvesant showed signs of life at the bottom of the inning by scoring four races, it is the closest the Manhattan squad would come.
GKLL responded with a four-run third and struck around twice more to cruise the rest of the way.
Raimonda, Mike Franzese and Mike Uccio each time looked at the mound before Vieira slammed the door by not allowing earned runs on one hit and eight strikes over the last three frames to earn the win.