Kidz Squad Picks Up Opening Day Victory
By Jim O'Connor
Kidz Playhouse picked up where they left off last year with an Opening Day win against a powerful Caiazzo Plumbing Team, 7-6. Kidz Pitcher Tommy McElhatten who was 2-4 at the plate went 5 strong innings, allowing 6 hits and striking out 8. The Kidz drew first blood in the top of the first when catcher Kenny Fiorentino drew a lead off walk and promptly stole second and third. Clean up hitter Pat Brown drove Kenny in with single making it 1-0 Kidz.
Caiazzo Plumbing answered with 2 of their own in the bottom of the first to go-ahead 2-1. In the top of the third, the Kidz started with three straight walks to Kenny Fiorentino, second baseman Jim O'Connor, and rightfielder Chris Cruz. Centerfielder Pat Brown again stepped up to the plate to deliver another single driving in Kenny to tie the game. Jim O'Connor was called out on a close play at the plate on the same play.
Consecutive singles by Tommy MAC and Matt Harnisch made the score 6-3 Kidz. Back and forth it went with the Kidz adding another run in the fourth and Caiazzo answering with one of their own in the 5th to make the score 7-4.
Tommy Mac and Pat Brown switched positions in the bottom of the sixth. Pat struck out the first Caiazzo batter and then got stung for a double, walk, error and fielders choice to make the score 7-6. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth and a runner on third, the number three Caiazzo batter launched a shot to deep left centerfield. Tommy Mac tracked it down and made the catch to secure the victory for the Kidz.
Earlier in the game Cool-headed Eddie Re showed his knowledge of the game when a Caiazzo runner slid under his tag at third base. The Ump screamed "SAFE", but when the runner slid past third, Eddie slapped the tag on him to get the out. Jim O'Connor had a shaky start at 2nd base, but came on strong to cover the bag and snuff out some rallies in the making. Enough can't be said about how Chris Forman, Pat Kelly, George Chieffo, Steve Calciano, Joey Forcina, Brian Keane, Robby Tyne and Jimmy Lutz contributed to the win. Big things are expected from all of these fine young ball players in the games to come.
The game started with both teams lining up on the infield and Pledging Allegiance to the Flag and then observing a moment of silence for the tragedies of 9/11 and Veterans Day. Coaches John Brown and Jim O’Connor reminded the Kidz after the game that each pitch and every play is important during the course of the game as this score reflected. We are all looking forward to seeing all of you down at the field for another season of great baseball.