The following is an article submitted to Long Island Baseball Magazine by Coach Paul DeGiovanni; chronicling the Cyclones 2013 season.
The Massapequa Cyclones 12u baseball team, a town team made up of local Massapequa players, continues to have great success playing out of town tournaments. Recently, they traveled to Florida to compete in an International tournament, the Disney Sun and Surf Baseball Bash.
After beating teams from Illinois, Florida and Massachusetts, they came from behind to beat an Elite team from Kentucky which was actually a Regional All-star team made up of top players from Colorado, Ohio, Kentucky and other Mid-Western states.
That set the stage for the Championship game against Puerto Rico who was heavily favored and ESPN’s highlighted team. The Cyclones won 3-0 behind a wonderful pitching performance by Nick Collins who tossed a 1 hit shutout. Many great defensive plays were made as well. Over the course of the tournament, the Cyclones collectively hit over .419 and had an on base percentage of over .700. In addition to over 30 base hits, they accumulated 10 extra base hits and 9 home runs. They averaged over 11 runs per game.
This team has won highly competitive tournaments in Toms River, NJ; Sports at the Beach, DE; and various others. Many of the players were also members of the MCLL Williamsport team which played for the NYS Championship last year following the previous year’s success which crowned them NYS Champs and subsequently Mid-Atlantic Champs at the age of 10u.
The team’s Manager is Paul DeGiovanni assisted by Coach Mike Schneidler and Coach Harry Moreno. The Disney Champs are: Robbie Cecala, Nick Collins, Dylan DeGiovanni, Garrett Gibbons, Owen Glascoe, Ross Mitton, Michael Moreno, Connor O’Rourke, Anthony Patullo, Angelo Petrakis, Nick Schneidler, Erik Treble (IR), Matt Zanfardino.
“Congratulations to the 2013 Massapequa Cyclones for a wonderful season! Long Island Baseball Magazine wishes you a successful future in baseball. Always remember; if life throws you a curve ball, hit it out of the park!”