Archive for July, 2012


MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – The Coastal Plain League announced today the participants for this year’s Home Run Derby to take place on July 22, and Marlins first baseman Sal Annunziata has been chosen to compete.
Annunziata is second in the league with six home runs and 29 RBIs. Since July 2, the freshman from Seton Hall University has cracked four home runs, including two on July 6 against the Fayetteville SwampDogs in game one of a doubleheader. In that game, the Bronx, NY native hit a three-run home run in the third inning, then hit a walk-off three-run home run in the seventh inning to propel the Marlins to a 7-4 victory. This spring Annunziata hit three home runs in 51 games for the Pirates.


PELHAM, N.Y. – Michael Labriola did what most athletes have undoubtedly done at some point in their careers. He found himself in a pressure situation and imagined the worst-case scenario.

Labriola stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning in the New York District 20 Little League championship game Monday night. New Rochelle Pacific led Pelham, 9-8, with one out at Tocci Field.

When Labriola got to the plate, he had a negative thought but pushed it out of his mind.

“I was very nervous. I thought I was going to get into a double play,” Labriola said. “But I just had confidence and I got the hit.”

Labriola roped a line drive into the outfield and two runs scored to give the Pelham Little League 11-under team the 10-8 win and the district championship in the Williamsport Tournament. Pelham will now move onto the sectional tournament, which begins next week.

Another doubt crept into Labriola’s mind after the ball hit the bat.

“I thought he was going to catch it,” Labriola said. “But it ended up being a two-run single.”

Catcher Kevin Coleman had nothing but faith in his teammate.

“I thought he was going to get the hit the whole way,” Coleman said. “That’s all you have to think of, the positive stuff, not negative.”

Labriola, who also came in as a closer in Monday’s game, received some good-natured ribbing from his teammates as they celebrated after the game, as they jokingly told him that “pitchers can’t hit.”

Pelham lost in the district championship last year but got the job done in 2012. First baseman Nicholas Milanese had six simple words after the long two-year journey to the district title that ended with a seesaw battle against New Rochelle.

“Feels good,” Milanese said. “Feels better than losing.”

Coleman said he is looking forward to the sectional tournament and had utmost confidence in himself and his teammates.

“It’s going to be tough,” Coleman said. “But if we play our best, nobody can beat us.”

Run SMART client Maria Lauretani finished 2nd female overall at the New York Giants Run Of Champions 5k. Maria was just four seconds off the winner, Lauren Carter, in 18:38. [Full Results]

Maria works with Run SMART coach Ann Alyanak and runs for the New York Athletic Club.