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Rookies Conclude Summer With Runner-Up Finish at East Coast Nationals

Game One
After a rain delay forced this to be a grueling one day event, the Nine trekked back to Baseball Heaven knowing that they a had long day ahead.

Although the team started the day a bit slow, the Nine battled all game. Mano Boutsikakis smashed a double with two walks and JA Spanoudakis and Alex Bardi each had hard hit singles and a walk. Alex Bardi kept the Bandits off balance all game and finished with a complete game shut out. The Nine, unfortunately, couldn’t sequence together their hits and failed to score a run, settling for a 0-0 tie.

Game Two
After a tie in the first game, the Nine bats came alive early as they jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead against the Hudson Valley Renegades and never looked back. George Kyriakopoulos had two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored, Sabin Ghale also had two RBI, while Mano Boutsikakis went 3-3 with 3 SBs and one run scored. Sebastian Granobles pitched the 2nd complete game of the day, leading the Nine to a 5-3 victory.

Game Three
With a chance to play in the championship, the Nine sent Micah Garrett to the mound and he didn’t disappoint. Garrett allowed no hits and no earned runs in his 4 innings pitched while also helping his own cause with a two RBI triple. Johan Franco came on to slam the door shut and send the Nine to a 2-1 victory over Team Steel and a spot in the championship.

Championship Game
After a grueling three games, the fourth in a row proved to be too much as the Nine ran out of gas and fell to a tough Levittown American Adrenaline team. The Nine’s runner up finish was quite admirable as they completed a long, hard fought day and left everything they had out on the field.

Rookies Claim Mid-Summer Classic Crown

The 2018 iteration of the Rookies club claimed their second title of the summer by capturing the July 4th Mid-Summer Classic Title. Entering championship Sunday as the 3rd seed (of 6), the Rookies were unable to secure a bye and were faced with the daunting task of having to play up to three games on a hot summer’s day.

After a 9-0 quarterfinal victory behind Johan Franco, the Rookies had the opportunity to avenge their pool play loss against, fittingly, the Avengers. The second seed Avengers were playing their first game of the day coming off their bye and Micah Garrett drew the semi-final assignment on the bump for the Nine.

Johan Franco opened the second inning with a leadoff double and scored ahead of a JA Spanoudakis groundout. After Jack Lobrutto reached safely in the third, Mono Boutsikakis and Micah Garrett both singled and Andrew Park doubled plating a total of two runs. In the fourth, Kieran Jermyn singled home Spanoudakis to push the lead to 4-1. With the bases loaded in the fifth and nobody out, Sebastian Granobles came on and masterfully navigated the inning, not allowing anyone to score. This was the second time in the tournament he worked through a bases loaded, no out jam. With the victory, the Rookies moved into the finals vs the CP Stars.

The finals saw more of the same from the Nine as Sabin Ghale fanned eight through six scoreless frames. Andrew Park cleared the bases with a booming double and Johan Franco went 3-4 with 4 RBI as the Nine cruised to an 11-0 victory. On Championship Sunday, the Rookies outscored their playoff opposition 24-1.

New York Nine Rookies Win Super Regional

The New York Nine brought home some championship hardware this past weekend at the Game Day USA Super Regional. Both the Rookies and the Cubs had to win three games on championship Sunday to secure the title for the Nine. The Rookies defeated the SFX Huskies (18-3), the BBA Blue Jays (8-0) and in the finals, beat the LI Sharks (10-0) to claim the Super Regional crown.

Championship Sunday Tournament Notes:

Mono Boutsikakis led the Rookies with a .667 batting average, an .800 OBP and an .833 slugging. He also walked 4 times, scored 4 runs and had 4 RBI

Andrew Park chipped in a .556/.667/.667 line with 3 runs and a team leading 8 RBI

Kieran Jermyn walked 4 times on his way to a .600 OBP and doubled twice on route to a .667 slugging

Nate Apolinar had a .500 OBP

Jake Towey made the most of his plate appearances with 3 singles and 2 walks in 7 PAs and made the most of his time on base, scoring 4 runs

Micah Garret slugged .700 including the teams only triple

JA Spanoudakis clubbed 2 doubles and hit .444/.500/.667

The Rookies as a team hit .439/.553/.561 with 21 walks (which comes to an astounding 20.3% walk rate)

New York Nine Hosts Family and Friends Fundraiser

The New York Nine would like to thank the 150+ people who came out on a Monday night to show their support of the organization and its players.

“It was great seeing so many people coming out to support the kids and the mission of the Nine”, stated Elmjack Little League President Robert Isea. “What a great atmosphere, seeing families just having an amazing time. And the staff of Jack’s did an awesome job serving great food to such a large crowd”.

Siobhan Sheehan, mother of Rookies first baseman Kieran Jermyn added, “What a great evening had by all for a great cause. Friends and family supporting and caring for and about each other – love my New York Nine family.”

New York Nine Cubs Quincy Bright’s father Omari said, “Last night was such an epic night! New York Nine is family; it was like going to a family reunion and meeting distant cousins for the first time! We had a ball, enjoyed Courtney, Carolann and Pete as our servers, ate amazing wings, had good drinks, and won a few prizes. What can possibly be better than this? We are honored to be a part of New York Nine family!”

In the end, everyone was about helping the New York Nine organization, specifically those players who need the assistance. This is something the Nine has been able to do since its inception in 2006. Many players have changed their future with opportunities that the Nine was able to create for them, that otherwise wouldn’t have been available.

“It was great to see the New York Nine and its extended family of supporters come through in acts of generosity towards the players of the organization”, stated Pete Spanoudakis (Father of Rookies catcher JA Spanoudakis).

Thank you to all who showed support at the event or behind the scenes. The New York Nine is proud to mentor and help develop the great student-athletes, past and present, who represent the Orange and Navy every day, on and off the baseball field.

2017/2018 New York Nine Mini Camp & Winter Workout

As the snow season approaches, the New York Nine would like to officially announce our 2017/2018 Mini Camp and Winter Workout/Tryout.

The Mini Camp will be two sessions in December and will be the perfect opportunity to get back to work under the watchful eye of our coaches and guest instructors. It is also a time to work with our pro players who are home and preparing for their upcoming seasons and get your winter baseball fix in a safe environment, mindful of the off-season injury risks. At this time of year if a professional player isn’t doing something, you shouldn’t either.

We will focus on good reps with offensive and defensive adjustments made by the coaching staff. Pitchers will learn how to get stronger physically and mechanically in a way that will prepare them for the upcoming season while not taxing their arms during this recovery time period.

There will be a dynamic warm up and cool down as well as full sets of offseason conditioning. This will be a mini (camp) version of the acclaimed winter workout which follows in January and early February.

You do not have to be a member of the Nine, nor want to participate in the following summer to attend.

The Mini Camp will take place on December 10 and 17th from 8 am until 10 am.

The cost for the mini camp is $150. Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page to register and follow instructions for payment.

Our Winter Workout/Tryout is designed to improve an athlete’s skills and prepare them for the upcoming 2018 season. Our premium instructors will run drills which set and build upon the baseball foundation athletes need to succeed.

All potential New York Nine members will have the opportunity to showcase their tools, skills, desire to play the game and work ethic throughout the workout. Athletes will be analyzed by MLB scouts, front office personnel and college head coaches.

You do not have to be looking to play for the Organization for the upcoming summer season, just looking to join us for what has been deemed by many as the area’s best off-season clinic.

More information and sign up below:

Location & Dates:

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Sunday January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11

All Players:

6:30 pm – 9 pm

Fees

The winter workout fee is $395 for 6 weeks of either the offense/defense or pitching component. If you wish to participate in both components add $100.

Catchers will participate in both components at no extra charge.

If you sign up for both the Mini Camp & Winter Workout, you will get a $50 discount.

Reservations:

To reserve your space at the workout, fill out the form below and follow directions for payment.