Cadets Finish Basebal Season With Heads High
The 2004 Cadet Baseball Season that began on a cold hardwood gym floor in Brooklyn back in January ended last weekend on a hot and humid baseball diamond in Woonsocket, Rhode Island as the team fell two games short of playing in the East Coast Finals.
This fine group of 12 and 13 year old boys from the Rockaways and Brooklyn had competed in the Kings Plaza League in which they complied an overall regular season record of 13 and 22 while competing against teams that consisted of 14 year old players. The tough competition had them well prepared for the 13-year-old bracket in the Pony Baseball Tournament.
The Cadets had swept a doubleheader against a tough Long Island Dodger Team at Bergen Beach back on July 12 to win the Sectional Championship and earn the invitation to the Regionals. Amid high expectations and with excitement and with excitement in the air, the team and their families left Rockaway last Friday morning in a caravan north to Woonsocket.
Even though they played with heart, determination and enthusiasm, the Cadets lost both games by identical 6 to 1 scores. Despite the outcome, the experience of playing in a national tournament in another state is one that the children will never forget. The entire weekend was an enjoyable one. Time well spent with the kids and their families.
The entire team wishes to acknowledge and thank Mr. Jim McElroy, President of the Brooklyn Cadets Baseball Program for his guidance and support.
This organization has been in existence for over 60 years and Mr. McElroy has been associated with them throughout his entire life first as a player and now as president of the program. Former Cadet players include Joe Torre and Matt Galante.
Special thanks goes to Mr. Vincent Espositio for bringing the Cadet program across the bridge to Rockaway and to Mr. Tom Boggiano and Mr. Tom Boland for their past support.
A very special thank you to the coaches and parents of these fine young gentleman whom assisted in bringing to fruit what youth baseball and the sporting experience should be all about, to develop their baseball skills, have fun, make new friends and to teach the concept of teamwork and fair play.
While we may have come up a little short on the scoreboard, each and every boy is truly a winner. Hopefully this season has provided them with some lessons that can be used as they proceed in the much bigger game of life.