Amateur Baseball Report, 1996 June 24

Our Hudson Valley correspondent, Babs O'Reilly, has brought me up to date on the activities of the Saugerties Dutchmen. After having their game with the Schenectady Blue Jays rained out and dropping a doubleheader to the Otsego Macs up in Cooperstown, they brought a 7-3 overall record into the fourth annual Sawyer Motors Classic. Player-manager Kiko Romaguera was out of town for the weekend, so the managerial duties were taken over by Donavan Cavallero (who lived down the street from me in kindergarten).

The opening day was dominated by the Bergen Beach Trojans, who felled the host Dutchmen 7-4 and then whalloped the Long Island Orioles 15-0 in game two of the six-game, three-team round robin tourney. The Dutchmen recovered to beat the Orioles 7-6 in the late game on the strength of Brian Lindhorst's bat and Ray "Black Jack" Mikesh's arm.

Day two of the tourney saw the Trojans wrap things up before noon, winning the 9:30am game over the Dutchmen, 3-2, to clinch the title. Erik Tresvik threw a five-hitter for Saugerties, but five Dutchmen errors led to two unearned runs which proved the difference. The Trojans finally fell to the Orioles in game five of the tournament to finish 3-1 on the weekend, while the Dutchies rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh and last inning to take the final game 10-9 over the Orioles. Mikesh got the victory, his second of the weekend, as Saugerties finished the tournament 2-2, with Long Island weighing in at 1-3.

Next weekend the Dutchmen renew the long-standing Kingston-Saugerties rivalry with a weekend of action down at Lake Katrine's Gruner field. Saturday night the Dutchmen take the field against the Kingston Mariners for a good cause: the latest battle between the Colonial City and Sawyertown is a benefit for Boomer Felton. Boomer played for the Tigers of Kingston High School, the Kingston Legion Post 150, the Mariners and the Dutchmen, and is now suffering from Leukemia. All of Saturday night's proceeds go to help Boomer in his fight with the disease. On Sunday, the action continues from Gruner, with the Dutchmen taking on Grand Slam U.S.A. at 2, followed by a Kingston-Saugerties old-timers game at 6 and another Dutchmen-Mariners tilt at 7:30.

With the amateur baseball report, this is Joe Schlobotnik, Mr. Squishy Sports.

Last Modified: 1996 June 24
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