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Genie House Victor over Medford Police Association


Written by: The Ogre
Tuesday, May 25, 2004

I don't know about you, but I was really looking forward to this game. The 1st place Genie House Giants squared off against the second place Medford Police Association 9/10 year olds in the Minor National League. Obviously, bragging rights were at stake and possibly, 1 st place for the upcoming round robin tournament.

The game brought out the largest attendance at any Minor National League game this year. Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, brothers, and sisters were all there rooting their teams on.

However, the game was about as mild as the 75F, cool breeze, 'bearable' humidity weather. The Giants systematically defeated their opponents on strong pitching, keen eyes at bat, and several key hits by Giants players Robbie Hanold, Nicolas Santangello, Chris Rabbutino, and Nathan Cohen.

Notable was the consistency at which the Genie House Giants played - game after game the Giants seem to be reducing the 'K' factor (number of strikeouts) and consistently getting the ball into play. Anyway, enough of that.

The rally started in the first inning with back to back doubles by Robbie Hanold and Nicolas Santangello (go Robbie and Nick!!!). Two walks loaded the bases when up stepped big, bad, Chris Rabbutino who drove in two runs on a fielders choice taken to first base by the alert Medford Police fieldsman. It was heads up base running that yielded the two additional runs in the first inning.

The Giants held the Medford Police to no runs in innings 1, 2, and 3 attributed to the Giants Ace - Chris Rabbutino. Chris struck out 9 consecutive batters giving up no runs, no hits, and only one walk.

In the third inning it was Rabbutino again who drove in two runs on a line drive to right center field scoring teammates Nick Santangello and Anthony Maladra.

Head Coach Gary Barbera was quoted as saying, "I'm extremely pleased with the discipline and effort these kids are giving. I've never coached a better group of kids. I wish I had a team like this every year. I really owe a great deal of credit to coach Rob Dirscherl, and Scott Donnelly. These guys make this easy - we really are having fun out there."

The Giants face off against two tough Medford Teams on June 2 and June 5 and hope to end their season on a winning note.

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