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Bats Yankees Regular League Champions
by Charlie LaDuca, Yankees manager
The Pro Bats Yankees have come full circle winning the league title in 2016 with a
12-3 record. The Yanks were one of four
L-R: Jake McCune, Joe Pantano, Al Carmello, Rich Hofer, Jason Howard, Matt Pantano,
Stony Woodard, Justyn Vara, Steve Pantano. Kneeling L-R: Johner McCune, Brian
Bongiovanni, Evan Carmello, Matt Eaker, Charlie LaDuca, Winston Woodard Jr. Missing:Brent Carmello, Bill Shaw
...teams when the league was founded in 1993 by Charlie LaDuca, who
continues to play. It has been several
years since the Yankees dominated the league in its early stages. Many players have come and gone over the
years. Four years ago the Yankees
re-organized as a father/son team, and with permission from the league,
competed using father/son national rules.
heart of the team this year was the father/son combination of the Pantano’s and Carmello’s, outstanding fathers with two
outstanding sons each. This core six was
the foundation of our success. They were
joined by the Woodards and McCunes, long time players for the Yankees who
stepped it up a notch this year and had an outstanding season.
year the Fathers officially handed the pitching duties over to two fine young
pitchers. Brian Bongiovanni and Matt
Eaker handled most of the mound work combining for ten of our twelve wins. The league was very competitive and they were
masterful. Old timers Al Carmello and Charlie LaDuca also picked up a win showing the youngsters that there was still
a bit left in the tank.
posted our best offensive output in several years. Joe Pantano led the team and league with a
stunning .620 batting average. We faced
a very strong pitcher week after week and Joe made it look easy. Johner McCune, Brian Bongiovanni, Jason
Howard and Evan Carmello were big contributors as well.
defense was led by Steve Pantano, the father and the glue that held everything
together. His solid infield play and
leadership was a big key to our success. Another father, Rich Hofer, was one of the
best first basemen in the league. Bill
Shaw was our father utility man playing every position on the field as needed,
and doing it to perfection.
are thrilled to have won the League title this year. The Chautauqua MSBL is going strong and
extremely competitive. We are huddled up
trying to stay warm here in the Northeast and look forward to spring and
another baseball season.