John Bagley was voted in as the new President for the 2001 season. Carl Carta was elected Treasurer, Brenda Michanczyk as League Secretary and Becky Nelson as Sponsorship Director. Anne Galanto and Ed Pratt will continue doing Player Agent functions. Jeff Marchese and Liz Pellici will be responsible for scheduling. Ken Brostek will continue as webmaster.

Hubbard Park will re-open after a year's hiatus, so the league looks forward to night games and a concession stand again.

Among the accomplishments for the year were new equipment and uniforms and an extended season was held during July and August.

2001 Baseball City Champions - North End Reds
2001 Moose League Champions

North End Reds - Middletown City Champs
By Nick Carroll, Middletown Press Correspondent - 6/26/01

Derek Mandeville didn't quite have his "A" game Monday night in the Middletown Little League city championship game, but what he brought was good enough.

Mandeville tossed a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and went 3-for-3 at the plate as the North End Reds beat Rotary, 12-3, at Romegialli Field. He got plenty of support from his teammates. The Reds collected 12 hits, five of them doubles, as they supported the strong pitching of the big 12 year-old.

"They beat us in the jamboree at the beginning of the season, so we came in with respect," North End manager Norm Manemeit. "But we also knew if played our game we'd probably be OK."

Mike Kolenda and Zach Thomas, the team's other two pitchers, combined for five hits and were right in the middle of the four-run first and five-run second inning rallies that staked the Moose League champions to a 9-1 lead early.

North End, which finished 17-1, wasted little time putting up the runs. Kolenda cracked a shot just inside the bag at third, and after Steve Marchese put down a perfect sacrifice bunt Mandeville line a single to right for the game's first run. Thomas then doubled over the center fielder's head for another. Then the Rotary defense chipped in with two of its seven errors to allow two more runs to score.

"I would like to have had less errors today, but we're proud of what we did," Rotary manager Gary Calnan said. "We had a great season. We're proud of our O'Rourke (League) championship. (North End) was a good team and their pitcher was on."

Rotary finished with a 14-3 record.

Back-to-back doubles by Kolenda and Marchese started the five-run second. Thomas also had a two-bagger that inning.

Mandeville struck out six batters the first time through the order and then got a little wild.

"He overthrows sometimes," Manemeit said. "When he gets relaxed sometimes he's wild. When he just throws hard he's all right.

Rotary turned one of Mandeville's six walks into a run in the second. Alondre Rush scored on the back end of a double steal with Steve St. Jean.

The North End defense shut down other Rotary threats. In the third Mandeville walked two but got a big out at the plate after a pitch in the dirt went to the backstop. In the fourth Steve Marchese snared a liner headed up the middle and turned it into a double play.

Both of Rotary's other runs scored after batter's reached on walks. Kevin Liudzius did it in the fifth and Rush in the sixth. Hits by Casey Leslie and Alex Woron were key to those runs.

Mandeville didn't need much more offensive support after the 9-1 lead.

Manemeit had been to the city championship game four years ago as an assistant coach, but this was his first title in his three years as head coach.

"It feels great," he said. "All year these kids have hit like this. Right on down through the order we've hit. This is a solid team."

After the game Middletown Little League president John Bagley awarded individual trophies to the two league champions and the city championship trophy to the winners.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Rotary Club 0 1 0 0 1 1
North End Reds 4 5 1 0 2 x
Batteries: Rotary: Cotter, Calnan (3) and Rush.
North End: Mandeville and Thomas.
WP: Mandeville    LP: Cotter

2001 O'Rourke League Champions - Rotary Club

North End Reds 18, Exchange 1: Derek Mandeville pitched a no-hitter and struck out 12 as the Reds won the Moose League championship game. Mike Kolenda led the way with three hits, while Shawn Holley and Gianfranco David added two apiece. One of David's hits was his first homer of the year.

Kyle Appellof pitched three strong innings of relief, allowing just two runs and three hits.

North End Reds 14, Page & Warner 1: Zach Thomas pitched a five-hitter and Derek Mandeville went 5-for-5 as the Reds advanced to the championship game. Mandeville hit a pair of homers and two triples. More offense was provided by Shaun Holley with a 4-for-5 game, Mark Hodges with three hits and Mike Kolenda and Jonathan Smith with two hits.

Jordan Diebolt had three hits for P&W.

Exchange Club 12, Elks 10: Five first-inning walks and three hits powered a seven-run frame and gave the Exchange a big lead in the semifinal game. Kevin Brostek had a 3-for-4 game and scored two runs. Jason Margison added a two-run triple and Grant Salzano a two-run double. Kyle Appellof started and got the win, striking out six. Kevin Sinagra pitched three innings of relief and struck out six.

Matt Czaja and Ryan Thiel each scored two runs and had two hits for the Elks. Justin Siwick added a pair of hits and pitched well in relief to keep the Elks in the game.

Rotary 1, Hunter's 0: Channing Harwood singled in Vinny Sullivan for the only run of the game as Rotary won the O'Rourke League championship. Matt Calnan pitched a three-hit shutout and struck out nine, and Casey Leslie and Alondre Rush led the defense.

D.J. Hunter pitched a strong game and struck out 12 in a losing effort. Greg Fanska and Tony Bushnell had hits for Hunter.

Rotary 14, Puorro 4: Jeff Cotter pitched a complete game and struck out nine as Rotary won the right to play in the O'Rourke championship game. Matt Calnan had a 3-for-3 night that included two homers -- a grand slam and a two-run shot. Alex Worron added a pair of doubles and Jason Kraner a pair of hits.

Dennis Cartier and Jimmy Marino had 2-for-3 games for Puorro's, who got good pitching from Matt Glynn and Anthony Puorro.

Hunter's 9, Kiwanis 2: Greg Fanska and Darryl Dow combined for 11 strikeouts in the win that put Hunter's into the league championship game. Offensive leaders were Tony Bushnell, Devon Townshend, D.J. Hunter and Dow.

Bobby Powell pitched well and led the offense for Kiwanis.

Softball Champs: Simply Elegant
By Nick Carroll, Middletown Press Correspondent - 6/16/01

Trailing by two runs with just their final at bat to go, Simply Elegant exploded for 11 runs in the sixth inning to put them ahead of Doctor Pat's for good on their way to capturing the Major Girls City Softball Championship 19-16 at Romegialli Field Friday.

In the decisive inning Jennifer Nasal, Molly Keerwer and Allison Fredricks each had two RBI to help their team pull away against pesky the Doctor Pat's team that had beaten them for the title last season 22-21.

Kaylee Marino pitched the entire game for Simply Elegant, which started their season with four straight losses, notching two strikeouts on her way to victory.

Simply Elegant's only multi-hit performance was frm Nasal (2-for-3, two RBIs) but Elyse Vinoksi, Keerwer, Fredericks, and Maureen Dunn each added hits of their own.

Defending champion Doctor Pat's showed a lot of heart as well, battling back from a 3-0 first inning deficit to regain the lead 9-3 after three innings. Then after falling behind 19-10 in the sixth, they managed to score six runs in their final at bat, that must ahve put a scare into the Simply Elegant hopeful.

Dr. Pat's got some storng pitching from starter Meg Carta, who after walking the first six batters she faced, settled down and stuck out 11. She allowed just five hits.

Carta was replaced in the sixth by Shaela Mullaney, who was in turn taken out in place of Kristen Kostacopoulos later in the inning.

Doctor Pat's got some impressive performances at the plate in this one, catcher Laura Carta who is just 10 years old, went 3-for-3 with two RBI, while sister Meg went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Relief pitcher Shaela Mullaney went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, while Amanda Loso also went 3-for-3 but with two RBIs.

After Simply Elegant jumped out to a 3-0 lead, Dr. Pat's came back with seven runs on five hits in the bottom of the first to take the lead. Doc's added two more runs in the third to make it a 9-3 game, before Simply Elegant came back with four runs in the fourth to make it a 9-7 game.

Each team logged one run in the fifth, before Simply Elegant pulled away with an 11-run sixth.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H
Simply Elegant 3 0 0 4 1 11
Doctor Pat's 7 0 2 0 1 6
Batteries: Simply Elegant: Marino and Fredricks.
Doctor Pat's: M. Carta, Mullaney(6),
Kostacopolous (6) and L. Carta.
WP: Marino    LP: Mullaney

2001 Moose League All Stars
Manager Norm Manemeit, Coaches: Jeff Marchese and Joe Thiel
Players: Mike Kolenda, Steve Marchese, Derek Mandeville, Mark Hodges, Zach Thomas, Miles Nasta, Dan Pugliares, Jordan Diebolt, David Franklin, Kyle Appellof, Kenny Prue, Ryan Thiel

2001 O'Rourke League All Stars
Manager Gary Calnan, Coaches: Jim Pingree and Dan Hunter
Players: DJ Hunter, Greg Fanska, Matt Calnan, Alondre Rush, Casey Leslie, Charlie Ives, Matt Glynn, Dennis Cartier, Jimmy Marino, Brendan Nicholson, Joey Fountain, Nick McClellan

2001 Softball All Stars
Manager Gary Fredericks, Coaches: Tom Pellerin and Todd Varricchio
Players: Jen Aldieri, Maria Brower, Brittney Dorflinger, Alison Fredericks, Abigail Horton, Kaylee Marino, Kelley Michanczyk, Shaela Mullaney, Erin Murphy, Ali Nelson, Marisa Pellerin, Sarah Stoddard, Amanda Varricchio

Middletown Little League lost a coach, fan and friend on September 11, 2001 when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

Bruce Eagleson was working in his 17th floor office in the World Trade Center south tower, the second to be hit. He led all Westfield America Inc. employees to safety but then returned to help with the evacuation of other World Trade Center employees still trapped in the buildings. He leaves a wife, Gail and three sons, Kyle, Timothy and Brett.

He will be sorely missed by all who were blessed to know him.

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