IAMA comes away with District 19 championship

Staff Writer

By Chris kelly


CHRIS KELLY Long Branch’s Ramon Camacho throws for one of his three strikeouts during the District 19 championship game in Long Branch on June 27.CHRIS KELLY Long Branch’s Ramon Camacho throws for one of his three strikeouts during the District 19 championship game in Long Branch on June 27.

He was a little shaky in the beginning, but as soon as Ramon Camacho settled in on the mound, the young right-hander anchored the Long Branch IAMA to the District 19 title with a 7-2 victory over Union Beach/Keyport.

In the top of the first inning, Camacho gave up three hits, a walk and advanced a runner to second on an error. The Breakers took advantage, scoring their first run on an error and an RBI single. Even though Long Branch came back to score a pair in the bottom half of the inning, it looked like a long, uphill battle was in store for Camacho.

However, after taking a hit to the leg in the second inning, Camacho stayed in the game to scatter six hits over six innings, denying the Breakers any further scoring.

Camacho totaled three strikeouts, one walk and gave up only one earned run to anchor Long Branch’s championship efforts.

The scoring began when the Breakers’ Peter Miller led off the first inning with a single. He traveled to second on a infield error then, after John Vitiello singled, was sent home on a two-base infielder’s dead-ball error. While his battery-mate was scoring, Vitiello raced his way to third, which allowed him to score on an RBI single by Pat DeNardo.

In between the Breakers’ base runners, Long Branch’s defense sat one batter on a pop-fly to the shortstop, a putout at second, and Camacho ended the inning with his first strikeout of the game.

The green-and-white quickly responded to their guests’ challenge, scoring two runs in the bottom half of the inning. After a quick grab of a hard hit line drive by Mike Raftery by Chris Flynn at first base, Ken Banach started the IAMA off with single.

On a 2-0 pitch to Camacho, Banach took off to steal second base, but instead ended up sprinting his way over the dish as the hurler smashed a double to the right-field fence.

Camacho traveled to third on a single by Eric Nilson, then Long Branch loaded the bases with a walk to Xavier Irazarry. A deep fly to left field hit by Chris Santos turned into a sacrifice when Camacho stepped on the dish to tie the game 2-2.

Both defenses turned up the heat over the next three innings, denying each other a chance to score. Long Branch had a pair of runners in scoring positions in the second inning. Mike Toffel singled, then legged his way to third on a single by Banach.

Despite runners on second and third, the Breakers were able to secure a flyout in center field, while Peter Miller battled back to fan two other batters.

It wasn’t until the fifth inning that one of the teams exploded to take control of the game, with Long Branch tallying a quintet of runs. Banach started the six-hit Long Branch assault with a single to right field.

He was quickly joined by Camacho (single), then scored on a double by Nilson that just nipped the inside of the first-base foul line.

After a swinging strikeout, and a walk to Santos, loading the bases, the IAMA chalked up another pair of runs. Camacho and Nilson scored on a two RBI single by Joe Breiter.

Tony DeMarzo capped off Long Branch’s fifth-inning scoring attack when he scored Santos and Breiter on a two-run single.

Even though Long Branch was denied in the sixth, the damage was done as their defense held the Breakers in the sixth and seventh to hold on to the win.

Both teams used only one pitcher for the game. Camacho went the distance, facing 28 batters, giving up seven hits, walking two and striking out three.

On the other side of the field, Miller squared off against 31 Long Branch batters, gave up 11 hits, walked two and struck out six.

The IAMA boasts a 13-0 record, while Union Beach/Keyport finish 8-3-1. All three losses were to Long Branch.


Seashore opens season with big win over Sands North Shore Club swim league’s season is in full swing

Staff Writer

By chris kelly

Seashore opens season
with big win over Sands
North Shore Club
swim league’s season
is in full swing


CHRIS KELLY  The Seashore Beach Club’s Lauryn Stengel swims to a first-place finish in the girls’ 13- to 17-year-old 50-yard breaststroke race during a meet with Sands Beach Club on June 28.CHRIS KELLY The Seashore Beach Club’s Lauryn Stengel swims to a first-place finish in the girls’ 13- to 17-year-old 50-yard breaststroke race during a meet with Sands Beach Club on June 28.

After only nine events, the Sands Beach Club of Sea Bright held a 49-48 lead over Seashore of Long Branch, but both sides knew it was far from over. There were 52 races scheduled for the competition.

The athletes of Seashore took control after the 10th race and ran away for a 309-203 victory to open the 2001 North Shore Club swimming season.

After turning over the first four golden spots, Seashore went on to dominate the pool for 38 first-place finishes.

Starting off the Long Branch swimming team were Lauren Atzalis (girls’ 10/U 25-yard butterfly), Luke Vasta (boys’ 10/U 25-yard breaststroke), Matt Stengel and Brianna Sovierno (boys’ and girls’ 11/12 100-yard individual medley), and Joe Wilensky and Lauren Ostrowsky (boys’ and girls’ 13-17 100-yard individual medley).

The Sands’ opening barrage was triggered by Brian Wikoff and Meredith Moler (boys’ and girls’ freestyle), Nick Pederson and Eileen Propert (boys’ and girls’ 10/U 25-yard backstroke) and Jon Portman (10/U 25-yard butterfly).

Breaking up Seashore’s early effort was Catherine Silva, who won the girls’ 10/U 25-yard breaststroke race.

The Sands also captured the first relay medals with Pederson, Jimmy Tully, Portman and Terry O’Brien; and Propert, Silva, Blaire Wikoff and Devan Pattwell taking top honors in the boys’ and girl’s 9/10 100-yard medley relay races.

Seashore would go on to win all but one of the remaining relays as the team of Carolyn Rogby, Susan Siebel, Sarah Lenn and Danielle McPeak brought home the gold in the 8/U 100-yard, freestyle relay.

Garnering the gold in the relay races for Seashore were Jeff Kless, Roberto Nieves, Stengel and Sean Chambrovich for the boys and Elizabeth Uliano, Sovierno, Emily Greenspan and Jessica Himmelman for the girls (11/12 100-yard medley relay); Rich Fuller, Mike Farina, Wilensky and Hugh Chambrovich for the boys and Lauren Stengel, Ostrowsky, Katie Brown and Erin Fischell for the girls (13/17 200-yard, medley relay); Richie DeMaree, Dylon Chayes, Chris Helstern and Durand Bacote (boys’ 8/U 100-yard, freestyle relay); and Vasta, Keith White, Shane McCary and Kyle Bawie for the boys and Lauren Pitzalos, Raeanna DeMatt, Jen Fischell and Caitlin Fisher for the girls (100-yard, freestyle relay).

Also, Matt Stengel, Sean Chambrovich, Kless and Nieves for the boys, and Himmelman, Greenspan, Sovierno and Uliano for the girls (11/12 200-yard, freestyle relay); and Mike Chianello, Tim Chambrovich, Craig Messer and John Matthews for the boys and Ostrowsky, Erin Fischell, Christina Urban and Lauren Stengel for the girls (200-yard, freestyle relay).

Girls’ 15/17 200-yard freestyle relay: Christina Gulian, Robyn Halper, Margaret Bernard and Brown. Boys’: Derak Bacole, Chris Grecco, John Gordon and Ed Marsh.

Other individual gold medals seized by Seashore belonged to boys’ 7-year-old, 25-yard freestyle: Bacote; boys’ 8-year-old, 25-yard free: Helstern; girls’ and boys’ 11/12, 25-yard backstroke: Uliano and Nieves; boys’ and girls’ 11/12 25-yard butterfly: Matt Stengel and Sovierno; girls’ and boys’ 11/12 25-yard, breaststroke: Greenspan and Kless; boys’ and girls’ 13/17 50-yard backstroke: Fuller and Ostrowsky; girls’ and boys’ 50-yard butterfly: Gulian and Wilensky; girls’ 13/17 50-yard breaststroke: Lauryn Stengel; boys’ and girls’ 11/12 50-yard free: Sean Chambrovich and Uliano; girls’ and boys’ 13/14 50-yard free: Lauryn Stengel and Tim Chambrovich; boys’ and girls’ 15/17 50-yard free: Hugh Chambrovich and Gulian.

Stealing other individual golds away from their hosts were girls’ 7-year-old, 25-yard free: Finn; girls’ 8-year-old 25-yard free: Pattwell; boys’ and girls’ 25-yard 9/10-year-old free: O’Brien and Wikoff.

Seashore will take its 1-0 record with it when it hosts Ship Ahoy, while the Sands travel to the Sea Bright Beach Club on Thursday, July 5. Both meets are slated for 6 p.m.