2017-09-07 / Sports

Swinging For The Fences In Holiday Tournament

By Jason Linetsky

Baseball was in full swing Monday as teams from Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Long Island competed in Kings County Baseball’s 2nd Annual Labor Day Invitational Tournament. Players from their 16U (16 and under) league faced off at the Monroe Cohen Ball Fields on East 102nd and Seaview Avenue.

“The tournament is to give our kids a chance to have one last day of fun and friendly competition before school starts,” stated event organizer Ernest Diggs of Kings County Baseball. “This is also the official end of our baseball season.”

In the semi-final match-ups, Carballo of Hunts Point defeated their Long Island rivals, giving them time to rest before the championship game as they watched the second semi-final game. Their opponents were decided between Kings County and the Rays of the NYC Youth Sports Organization from East Elmhurst, Queens. Errors and missed opportunities to score by Kings County gave the Rays the win.

The break seemed to fuel Carballo as their bats came alive in the 3rd inning, knocking in six runs for a commanding 6-0 lead over the Rays. They tacked on more runs in the 4th and 5th innings, then completed the shutout 8-0 for the title, with superb pitching and defense throughout the game.

Trophies were presented for winner and runner up. You may see and purchase more photos from the event by visiting www.canarsiecourier.com. Just click on the blue button.

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