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Long Island MSBL, 45+ Division
Long Island Yankees 5, Long Island Mutiny 0
Back Row L-R: Bob Rizzo, John Manfredo, Ed Dewalter, Ed
Sparrow, Bruce Grossman, Mike Bass, Nelson Lewis, Jerry Diliberti, Gary
D’Ambrisi, Jaime Schwartz. Front Row L-R: Luis Matias, Joe Henry, Chuck Korn, Joe
D’Andria (MGR), John Alutto. Not pictured: Paul Simorella, Jim Sparrow
‘Lewis and Manfredo Lead the Mound Corp’
Submitted by Joe D’Andria, Yankees manager
Great pitching, defense and timely hitting carried the Yankees to back to back 45+ Long Island MSBL Championships with a 5 -0 win against
the Long Island Mutiny.
The final four playoff games were pitching gems. Nelson ‘Big Game’ Lewis pitched game one in
both the semis and the final games, going 18 innings and giving up only one
earned run. When the Yankees needed to close out a team or stay alive they only
needed turn to one man, John Manfredo. Manfredo beat J. Mullady of the Mutiny by
throwing nine inning, 2-hit baseball while striking out 17. John also hit .470 for the season and when
not pitching he played a flawless shortstop.
The Yankees defense was almost flawless committing only
three errors in six playoff games. This does not happen without the soft hands
of Jaime Schwartz at first base. Yankee hitting in the playoffs was led by Jerry
Diliberti, Ed Dewalter, Bob Rizzo and Gary D’Ambrisi, all providing clutch hits and
driving in game winning runs.
After a slow start to the season the Yankees won 12 in a row
in route to back to back Championships. The season was led by Bruce Grossman,
who again led the team in the regular season with a .600 batting average as
well as 19 free passes. Chuck Korn caught almost every inning and brought his
bat and legs all season. Mike Bass provided clutch hitting all season while
batting .465 and knocking in 27 in 19 games played. Paul Simorella played an
outstanding left field all year for the team along with leading the team in
As the Yankees manager I speak for everyone when I say that
we are looking forward to trying to ‘3-peat’ against some of the best teams and
players any league has to offer.