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Despite 0-4 Weekend Marlins Show Great Strides

The 2012 Memorial Day Beach Blast Tournament has come and gone and though the team did not win any games the boys had a productive weekend of baseball. The 12u NJ Marlins, through the challenge of four games in two days are a better team now than before the first game on Saturday afternoon.

Matthew D’Eredita did all he could to give the Marlins a boost in game #1, but it wasn’t enough to get past the Lincroft Knights, as the Marlins lost 9-3. It was a good game at the plate for the D’Eredita, Kyle Subers, and Joey Famularo. All three were perfect at the plate in game #1. Mike McCarthy did all he could on the mound in relief of Sean Wood. McCarthy pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up 4 runs on 4 hits while walking only one batter and striking out seven.

In game #2 on Saturday the Marlins fell 12-0 to the Hitmen of Howell. Though the Marlins did not get a hit in the game, the Marlins only struck out four times in the contest and put the ball in play, forcing the defense to make plays, nine other times. The bright spot in this contest was the debut on the mound of the young Brett Subers. Subers came on in relief of brother Kyle and pitched one inning giving up only one hit and one walk. The most impressive out he recorded came against the power hitting shortstop of Howell who hit a weak pop-up to the shortstop.

After a long day of baseball on Saturday, the team came back with a new focus and improved attitude on Sunday. The focus being have fun and learn something new about the game of baseball. In the words of Coach Joe, “It’s just a game. Have fun and enjoy yourself!” And have fun they did.

In game #1, the Marlins collected four hits, but fell 15-2 to Jersey Shore Thunder. Kyle Subers reached base two times in the game for the Marlins. He scored one run and had one RBI. The coaching staff shook up the line-up a little, beginning with this game and improved effort was shown by Zach Cannizzo, who was moved to second in the order. In spite of not getting a hit, Cannizzo proved he will be able to put together quality at-bats which will help the team in the weeks ahead. Brett Subers took the mound on Sunday afternoon, this time in a starting role and proved himself to be a valuable addition to the pitching staff. Even though his team did not make all the plays, continued growth and practice will change the outcomes of his starts in the future. Nick Alviggi was 2-2 at the plate as well, in the loss.

Between games on Sunday, the team was welcomed to the home of Evan Kumar for some lunch and quality team bonding time. A special thanks to all the parents for coming together to get pizza, salad and some frozen sweets for everyone to enjoy! The team was able to take advantage of the down time and get in some games of knockout and football. Thank you again to Mr. & Mrs. Kumar for opening your home to the team!

In the final game of the tournament, the Marlins faced off against the Freehold Falcons and the Marlins came out swinging. The Marlins jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the top of the first. The Marlins used a new line-up, featuring Joey Famularo in the two hole. Joey proved all weekend that he has knack for getting on base. Either by hit, walk, or in this case, getting hit! The Marlins took pitches and drew their walks in this game and more timely hitting would have changed the outcome of this game. On the mound and rejuvenated Julian Zingler took the hill and turned in a very gutty performance. His four innings of work showed a new sense of focus and determination from the young, hard throwing, righty. He struck out four batters on the day and had a lot of swings and misses as catcher Robbie Kauffman kept the hitters guessing with improved pitch location calls.

The Marlins now take their new learning into the final week of regular season play in the USABL and then the USABL playoffs!

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