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First Annual Garden City High School Alumni Baseball Game (25% of the sales made from this game, through October 30th, will be given to Garden City Baseball)

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Cloudy skies and a chance of rain couldn’t prevent the Garden City Trojans alumni baseball game from being held on the baseball field at Garden City High School last Saturday afternoon. More than 40 players spanning veteran Coach Rich Smith’s 40 year career (1973-2012) were on hand to renew friendships and play the game they love. “Our alumni came to play,” said Coach Smith. “It was a very competitive game and these guys can still play.” Aided by his long-time assistants Charlie Menges and Mike Sweeney (a former Trojan pitcher), Smith divided the players into odd and even graduating year teams. The even year squad won, 9-6. It took quite an effort to make this game happen. Past rosters were gathered and word was spread among former players. Members of the 2013 team were on hand to help out with many of the game day details. They included Dave Butler, Jack O’Brien, Nick Sampogne, Steven Wald, Cory Fallon, Ryan Giacini, Tom Zwicke, P.J. Volz, Matteo Lattanzio, Andrew LoBasso, Brian LoRusso and John Cauchi. In addition, the school grounds crew helped the coaches prepare the field after the previous day’s heavy rain. Some of the alumni players were with Coach Smith in the early years such as Frank Kiernan ’73 and Bob LaRocca ’73. The field is named in honor of Frank’s late dad, who played such an important role with the program for decades. Others had made important contributions in the past such as Alex Anthony Sioukis ’90, the current New York Mets game day public address announcer, who lent his expertise and a little play-by-play on the P.A. and sound system donated and installed on the field last year by Joe Ingegno ’76 owner of Garden City Security and Alarm. The Grey (odd years) team consisted of Bob LaRocca ’73, Frank Kiernan ’73, Bill Harrison ’75, Brian Ridgway ’77, John Lipuma ’85, Jay Pappas ’87, Rich Marooney ’87, Rob Schauf ’91, Terence Olcott ’91, Greg Genova ’97, Pat Carney ’07, Rob Finneran ’07 (who was recently drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays and was there to lend moral support), Matt Emmert ’07, Ryan Sweeney ’07, Michael Regan ’09 and Denis Rice ’09. Playing for the Maroon team (even years) were Phil Geary ’74, Joe Syage ’74, Joe Ingegno ’76, Kevin Sweeney ’78, Ken Melkonian ’84, Ron Benevento ’90, Chris Seitz ’90, Alex Sioukas ’90, Mike Harrington ’96, Chris Manna ’96, Mike Volpe ’96, Matt Hesterberg ’98, Paul Wiebke ’98, John Maloney ’00, Mike Carney ’00, Sal Genova ’00, Mike Salata ’00, Mike Scarola ’04, Erik Lucas ’04, Joe Cesarini ’06, Brian Finneran ’06, Tom D’Antonio ’06, Matt Mahony ’06, Matt Petiton ’06 and Colin Ridgway ’08. After the game, Coach Smith remarked, “The entire day far exceeded my expectations. It was very heartwarming to see so many former players that I have not seen in years. Their love of the game, the laughs, their bonding with each other sharing memories, and the fierce competitiveness of the nine inning game made for a perfect day. They were already talking about next year’s alumni game.”

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Photographer: newsphoto
Copyright: © Copyright newsphoto 2006
City, State, Country: garden city,new york,United States
Date submitted: 30 Sep 2012
Date taken: 29 Sep 2012
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Keywords: Garden-, City-, Alumni-, Baseball-, Game
Category: Sports/Baseball
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