The New York Cobras 14-and-under baseball team was recently crowned champions of the Connecticut Sportsplex Mid Summer Classic. They defeated Long Island’s Diamond Baseball Academy 11-6 in the championship game. The Cobras, comprised primarily of Mahopac players—Nick Angeloni, Billy Long, Andrew Luongo, Jake Madalon, Kevin McKeon, Matt Mormile, Mike Mulhern and Tommy Straehle—went 4-0 and scored 33 runs in the four games on their way to the championship.
Liam Moran, Ian DeMatteis, Frankie Vanzillotta, Conor Camia and Ryan Thompson complete the Cobras roster. The Cobras got wins on the mound from Luongo, Mormile, McKeon and Angeloni. Vanzillotta and Angeloni recorded saves for the Cobras. The Cobras were led offensively by Straehle and Vanzillotta with six hits each. McKeon and Luongo drove in six and four runs, respectively. Angeloni had four hits, while Madalon and Long notched three hits each to help pace the Cobras attack. Mormile, Moran and DeMatteis each drove in a run and Camia had a big hit for the Cobras. Mulhern was an “Iron Man” behind the plate, catching 20-plus innings in the tournament.
“This was a total team effort with contributions from everyone in the lineup,” Cobras head coach Scott Madalon said. “The boys were down a few times in this tournament and they refused to lose.
“We pitched well and played solid defense with minimal mistakes. The difference for us was that the boys really swung the bats well this weekend. When they play up to their capabilities they’re a tough team to beat.”
The rest of the Cobras coaching staff consists of assistant coach Tom Straehle, first base coach Gene Mormile and bench coach Kevin McKeon. The Cobras will continue their schedule in the fall playing in some more tournaments and in the ‘A’ division of the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League.