Airport Marina Counseling Service grant; Westchester Family YMCA Golf Classic

Westchester’s World Series journey ended in the semi-finals as the Westchester Babe Ruth All Star Team dropped an 11-9 decision to the Middle Atlantic champions from College Point, New York at the Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series in Jamestown, New York Friday, August 22nd.

College Point ultimately lost in the championship game to Bryant, Arkansas, of the Southwest region.

Westchester was leading 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Matt Perez tied the game at 3-3 for College Point with a RBI (run batted in) single that sent home Diego Gonzalez.

Westchester took the lead in the top of the fifth when Chris Gutierrez singled in a run, and then Michael Brown broke the game wide open by crushing a three-run double to left. Ashton Edior also hit a two-run triple in the inning to push the lead to 9-3 in the six-run inning.

College Point began its comeback in the bottom of the fifth. The team trailed 9-3 entering the frame but scored four runs on only one hit to cut its deficit to 9-7.

After holding Westchester scoreless in the top of the sixth, the first two batters reached base via walks in the bottom half of the inning for College Point. Joseph Morel singled to score one run and then College Point tied the score on an error. Adrian Castano was then intentionally walked to load up the bases with no outs in the inning. Gonzalez then singled in the go-ahead run and then Castano got caught in a rundown, allowing Nicnor Luna to also score on the play. In total, the College Point squad put four runners across to take a 11-9 advantage.

Castano got out of a jam in the top of the seventh on the mound for College Point. He allowed three hits in the inning but was able to get Ben McKendall to ground out to seal the victory.

Morel was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a RBI. Gonzalez was 2-for-3 with two RBI, four stolen bases and a run scored for College Point.

Westchester was paced by Gutierrez, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Ashton Edior, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a triple.

The Ron Tellefsen Players of the Game were Gonzalez and Gutierrez.

Despite the loss, Westchester had plenty to be proud of.

Third-baseman Skylar Blocker was named to the All-Tournament Team, and Gutierrez, second baseman Javier Tamayo and outfielder Rigo Perez all earned All-Defensive Team honors.

Westchester finished with a record of 2-2 in pool play, notching victories against teams from Jamestown, New York and Greenville, North Carolina, while falling to College Point and Sikeston, Missouri.

The team advanced to the quarterfinals, where it defeated Thurston County, Washington 8-3. In that game, Michael Pagan pitched a complete game to get the win for Westchester. Pagan scattered six hits, striking out three and allowing no earned runs. He also had a 2-for-4 night at the plate with an RBI.

Westchester’s season then ended in the semifinal with its second loss of the tournament to College Point.

Before the tournament began, Westchester’s Ben McKendall lifted his Home Run Derby team to victory by belting three home runs during the annual World Series Home Run Derby.

Each of the ten World Series teams sent two players to the Home Run Derby. Of those 20 players, there were five four-man teams. Each player had eight swings to hit as many home runs as he could. The winning four-man team was determined by whichever team hit the most combined home runs.

McKendall was the third member of the fifth and final team to swing. At the time of McKendall’s appearance, his team had two home runs and was trailing Teams 1, 3, and 4, which had each hit three total home runs apiece. McKendall quickly erased all doubts as to which team would be taking home the title as he slugged three home runs and put Team 5 into first place with five total home runs. Ryan Brumbaugh of the Ohio Valley Regional Champions knocked one more out of the park after McKendall to cushion Team 5’s total home run tally to six.

HANNON FOUNDATION GRANT TO AMCS — The William H. Hannon Foundation has provided a $25,000 grant to continue its support of the Hannon Immediate Intervention Program at the Airport Marina Counseling Service (AMCS) in Westchester. The program, initially underwritten by the Foundation in 2003, is designed to provide urgent attention to those struggling with crisis and life-changing events.

The great majority of Airport Marina Counseling Service clients are the “working poor” who often lack private insurance and for whom the services of hospitals and mental health facilities are often unavailable.

“Over the last five years, The Hannon Immediate Intervention Program has become a key component of the services here at AMCS and it continues to make a real difference in the lives of the many clients we have served,” said Airport Marina Counseling Service executive director Kathleen O’Leary Lefferman. “We are grateful for the foundation’s steadfast support of this important program.”

The overall goal of the Hannon Immediate Intervention Program and services is to relieve or resolve the symptoms and improve coping skills within a brief structured therapy program of between eight to 12 weeks of intervention.

“Our board has been very pleased with the success of the Intervention Program in meeting the needs of people who are not only in crisis but, without the program, would most likely not be able to find help,” said Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, president of the William H. Hannon Foundation and a member of the Airport Marina Counseling Service board of governors.

YMCA GOLF TOURNEY — The Westchester Family YMCA will hold its annual Golf Classic Monday, October 13th, at the California Country Club in Whittier. The event will begin with check-in at 10:30 a.m., followed by a barbecue lunch and a shotgun start at 12:15 p.m.

The round will be followed by dinner, awards presentations and a drawing.

Individual golfer packages are available for $200, and a variety of sponsorships are available as well. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the YMCA’s youth programs.

For more information or to reserve a spot as a golfer or sponsor, (310) 227-8100.

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