2001-05-05 / Sports

Grand Marshall Eddie O’Hare with some of the B.C.A.C.’s talent.

Grand Marshall Eddie O’Hare with some of the B.C.A.C.’s talent.

Students from Beach Channel High School perform to the delight of fans, parents and neighbors.

City Council candidate Joe Addabo and Don Tubridy (representing State Senator Ada Smith) show the youngster’s how it’s done as they march down Noel Road in the B.C.A.C. Opening Day Parade.

Contributed by Margaret Wagner

On April 28, 2001 the B.C.A.C.'s Jamaica Bay Little League celebrated Opening Day with a parade down Cross Bay Boulevard to the B.C.A.C. Memorial Field.  Hundreds of members marched behind the color guard of the Broad Channel Volunteer Firehouse and the Beach Channel High School Band.  The Beach Channel Band kept everyone in step with its wonderful beat and energetic sound.   Parade organizers Joanie Minihan and Jill Zeller did an excellent job of running this parade.  There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of this league and Joanie and Jill are a very big part of getting the season off to a good start.
As we entered the field the children were just endless.  The excitement of baseball was in the air, the smell of the grass surrounded us and as the bleachers started filling up with spectators you couldn't help but be proud that you were part of this great organization.
The Jamaica Bay Little League was only formed last year.  Its founder, Marty Feeney and Co-Founder Joel Miele have worked extremely hard over the past two seasons to get this league up and running.  The JBLL is a huge success for the town’s children and surrounding communities.

B.C.A.C. Vice-President Billy Gill has put in endless hours on the field and in the field house to make sure everything was ready for opening day.

  J.B.L.L. Vice President Stacey Bostwick continues to be a strong voice for the little women of the J.B.L.L. The league also has a great group of dedicated managers who teach our children the game of baseball and good sportsmanship.
We would like to thank Father Timothy O'Sullivan for taking time to attend our celebration and blessing the field in the presence of our children.  It was good to see Father Tim, he was one of those local kids years ago who played on this field.  We had the honor of having a special guest, Mr. Matthew Gill.  Matt sang the national anthem for the crowd.  Matt is only 10 years old and what a star he is!
Special awards were presented to our Grand Marshall’s Eddie O'Hare and Jack Welch.  A sponsor of the year award was presented to Charles Krobot.  Also presented with plaques were president Marty Feeney, Umpire in Chief Billy Gill and the B.C.A.C.'s new friend, Joe.
All our local politicians were on hand to give the children some words of encouragement and most of them promised our children that soon they would be the owners of their little league field.    
After all was said and done the first game started at 1:00 p.m.  The boys major division, as I sat their in the hot sun on the bleachers I thought well this day went well as I enjoyed a hot dog and a soda and watched my son play his first season game.

Minor Boys Division Results:

Marlins 12 Yankees 11

In a tight battle to open the new season, the entire Marlins team contributed in the victory. The Yankees were led by Danny Coffey's 3 for 4 with 4 RBI's. Yankees pitcher Eddie Keane slammed the door on the Marlins rally, coming in with the bases loaded, no outs, only giving up 1 run.

Mets 12  Athletics 5

Mets Pitchers Jimmy Kroog and Brian Wallace combined to hold the Athletics to 2 hits over 4 innings. Wallace led the attack, going 2 for 3 with a two run homer and 4 RBI's on the day. Nick Mohr was solid defensively behind the plate.

Athletics pitchers Timmy Zimmermann and Ronnie Lonnborg were solid on the mound, as Drew Knee and George Yodice stole two bases apiece in a tough battle. Catcher A.J. D'Amelio, already a league favorite, showed grit and toughness on a play at the plate, being injured but refusing to come out of the game.

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