Rebels Return to District Finals

Posted by Mike Conry on Jul 08 2012 at 01:13AM PDT in 2012 Summer

Massapequa, NY – The North Bellmore North Merrick Rebels will return to the championship round of the Williamsport NY District 31 tournament for the third time in as many years. After eliminating Massapequa International LL Friday night and Merrick LL yesterday morning, NBNM have earned their way to a rematch with rival Massapequa Coast, who handed the Rebels their one loss in the tournament last Friday.

In this Friday night’s game, the Rebels dominated International with a rock-solid team effort. Nick Valeriano set the tone with a strong pitching performance, the Rebels defense made sparkling plays, offfensively they spread ten hits throughout the lineup (including multi-hits for Billy McAdam, Brian Porricelli, Kevin McCleneghan and Valeriano 2 doubles/4 RBI), and NBNM run-ruled International after 5 innings with an 11-0 final.

Boxscore and game details, Friday 7/6

Saturday morning’s effort started strong for NBNM as starter Porricelli owned Merrick batters through his 2-and-a-third, defense was sharp, and a combination of Merrick charity and timely NBNM hits (Matt Conry double/2 RBI, Eric Solomon 2 hits/1 RBI, Valeriano 2 hits/3 RBI) had the Rebels ahead 7-0 after three. When Merrick worked their way back in it with two walks and a three-run home run in the top of the fourth, the Rebels responded in their half to get three back for a 10-3 lead. Merrick made it interesting in the sixth inning when, after two quick outs, they rallied by coverting a couple of walks, a double and another three-run bomb into four runs but that was as close as they would get.

Boxscore and game details, Saturday 7/7

So, the Rebels return to Burns Park to continue the defense of their District title against Massapequa Coast LL Monday July 9 at 8:00 pm.


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