The Pythons lost their first game 10 to 0 against a strong Sweetwater All Star team. Cunetta, Emory, Kacer, and Anzivino each pitched an inning. Parsons got the Pythons' only hit.
The Pythons came back strong with a 8 to 1 win against the Tamiami Hurricanes. Tommy Prongay, joining the Pythons for the tournament, went 4 innings, and was relieved by Cunetta.
The Pythons scored in the first, third, and sixth innings. In the first, Brian Moraguez, also playing with the Pythons, led off with a single, and Parsons responded in kind. Prongay drove in Moraguez, and Nimer drove in Parsons. The Pythons had 4 successive singles.
In the third, Moraguez walked and stole second. Prongay singled in Nimer, then went to second base on the throw to home. Progay stole third, then beat a rundown between third and home to score.
In the sixth, Kacer walked and stole seond. Anzivino singled to drive Kacer to third, who then scored on an errant throw by the third baseman. Antonelli laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Anzivino, and stayed at first when the throw went wild. Antonelli stole his way to third base, and scored on a ground ball by Cunetta.
The Pythons continued their domination of Tamiami at its home park by beating the Tamiami Diamondbacks 5 to 3. Cunetta pitched a remarkable game, going 7 innings and striking out 8.
The Pythons scored most of their runs in the fifth inning. In sucession, Shore, Nimer, and Parsons singled, to load the bases. Moraguez and Kacer then both doubled, to score 4 runs.
The Pythons got an insurance run in the sixth when Cunetta singled, was advanced by Anzivino, and then driven in by Nimer.
The Pythons lost a close semi-final game to the International team 5 to 3. A win would have put them into the finals against Team Hallandale. Kacer, Emory, and Cunetta pitched.
The Pythons led for 4 innings. In the first, Emory singled, and went to third on a pair of passed balls. Parsons knocked him in. In the fourth, Moraguez singled and stole second. Nimer singled him in, and then scored himself on a single by Anzivino, to make the score 3 to nothing.
International came back in fourth and fifth innings, and the the Pythons were not able to reply.
The Pythons won their first game 10 to 0 against Latinoamerica White. Cunetta and Nimer made spectacular debuts with Cunetta pitching a shutout and Nimer going 2 for 2 with 3 RBIs.
The Pythons began scoring in the second inning. McDonald singled, Anzivino walked, and Kacer singled, to load the bases. Nimer then singled sharply to center to score 2 runs. Kacer scored on a ground ball by Cunetta.
The Pythons kept scoring in the next inning. Maggiore singled and Emory walked. Parsons doubled down the third base line to score Maggiore. McDonald walked. Anzivino laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Emory, and Parsons scored on an overthrow on the same play. Kacer walked. Nimer singled in McDonald, and Cunetta knocked in Kacer.
The Pythons closed out the game under the 10-run rule in the fourth inning. Lozano and Maggiore singled, and then executed a double steal. McDonald hit a long single to right to score both runners.
On defense, Kacer at first base made an unassisted double play in the third inning. With a runner on first and one out, the White team tried the hit-and-run. The batter popped out to Kacer, who stepped on the base for the final out of the inning. In the first inning, Lozano made a diving backward catch of a very long fly to left off the bat of the White's big hitter.
The Pythons lost their second game, 9 to 2, to the Junior All Stars. Emory, Kacer, and Anzivino pitched.
The Pythons scored their runs in the first and fourth innings. In the first, Emory tripled, and came home on a Texas leaguer by Parsons. In the fourth, Parsons walked, stole second, moved to third on a grounder by McDonald, and scored on an overthrow.
In the third inning, Emory, playing shortstop with a runner on first, scooped up a grounder, tagged second, and threw to first for the double play.
The Pythons kept pace with the Junior All Stars, an older team, except for one inning, the second, when the All Stars scored 8 runs.
The Pythons lost their third game 7 to 1 to the Hard Ball team. Kacer went two innings and Nimer three.
The Pythons' run came in the third inning. Nimer reached first base on an error, and stole second and third. Kacer drove him in with a sharp single to right field.
The Pythons beat the Arocha Lions 9 to 0. Kacer and Maggiore combined for the shutout. Kacer had 7 K's in his four innings.
Shore went 4 for 4 in the game, including a beautiful drag bunt in the sixth inning. He pulled the first baseman off the bag and the pitcher could not scramble fast enough to cover.
Parsons iced the game in the same inning with his second out-of-the-park home run of the year, with Shore and Emory on base.
Pythons lost their second game, 15 to 5, to the Junior All-Stars.
In the first inning, Shore walked, Emory doubled, and Parsons singled both of them in, but was tagged out going for second.
In the third inning, Kacer singled in Emory and Parsons for two more runs.
Finally, in the fourth inning, Shore singled to drive in Anzivino, who had got on base with a single, and been advanced by Antonelli and Lozano.
Shore continued his on-base streak with a single and two walks. The strong hitting of the All Stars was too much for the Pythons, though.
The Pythons again beat the Arocha Lions, this time 6 to 3. Anzivino (4 innings) and Kacer (2 innings) combined for the win.
The Pythons struck in the third inning. Welch walked, Emory singled, and Parsons walked. Kacer singled to drive in two runs, and two more scored on another single.
The Pythons put the game away with 2 more runs in the fifth. Shore, Emory and Parsons walked, and Anzivino stroked a sacrifice fly.
Pythons lost, 7 to 1, to the Junior All Stars.
Again, the All Stars' hitting was too much for the Pythons.
Shore scored the lone run in the first inning. Lozano had the Pythons' only hit.
The Pythons beat the Panthers, who eventually won the tournament, 12 to 4. Maggiore started and went 3 innings, and Kacer pitched an inning in relief.
The Pythons scored in every inning and hit well. Welch came to bat twice with multiple men on base, and had singles both times, driving in 4 runs. Parsons had 2 singles and a double, with 2 RBIs. Emory had 2 singles and a walk. McDonald had a single and an RBI. Maggiore had a single and a walk, with an RBI.
The defensive highlight of the game came in the third inning. The leadoff batter hit a hard grounder between second and first. Shore dove left, fielded the ball, and nailed the batter at first.
The Pythons lost a close game to the Indian River team, 5 to 3. Kacer had a great day pitching, denying the Indian River team any runs in the first 4 innings, and striking out 7.
The Pythons could not hold their opponents in the fifth and last inning, where they scored their 5 runs. Up to that point, the Pythons had been ahead.
The Pythons trounced the Vero Beach Sand Gnats 19 to 0. Anzivino and Welch combined for a no-hitter, and Kacer and Parsons hit out-of-the-park home runs.
All the Pythons had a good day at the plate, and every Python scored at least one run. Shore had 2 singles. Lozano had a single and a walk. Maggiore singled twice, as did McDonald and Welch. Cerda doubled. Kacer had a double and a single, in addition to his home run. Anzivino and Antonelli singled.
The Pythons lost another close game to the Winning Inning (from Palm Harbor near Clearwater) 2 to 4. Kacer and Anzivino pitched. The Inning got 3 of their runs in the first inning, and the Pythons could not quite put together enough hits to come back.
The Pythons' runs came in the second and fourth innings. In the second, Kacer singled, stole second, advanced to third on Maggiore's single, and was driven in by Anzivino. In the fourth, Parsons was hit by a pitch, stole second, and was balked home. He would have scored in any case, because McDonald and Maggiore, batting next, both singled.
The Pythons lost their last game to the South Florida Angels (from Ft. Lauderdale) 4 to 14. Emory, Welch and McDonald pitched.
In the third inning, Kacer and McDonald singled. Kacer scored on a wild pitch, and Kraslow advanced McDonald to third. Cerda drove in McDonald with a single.
Defensively, the Pythons turned a nice double play in the second inning. Parsons fielded a sharp grounder at shortstop, and flipped to Shore at second, who relayed to McDonald at first.
The Pythons tied the first game of the tournament with the Miami Maniacs, 2 to 2. Emory started and allowed no runs in 3 innings. He was relieved by Anzivino and Kacer.
The Pythons scored in the second inning when McDonald singled and stole second. Anzivino doubled him home. The Pythons scored their other run in the sixth inning. Lozano doubled, and Shore laid down a sacrifice bunt to push him to third. Emory doubled in Lozano.
Defensively, the Pythons turned two double plays. In the third, Parsons, playing second, scooped up a ground ball, tagged a runner going to second, and threw to Kacer at first. In the fourth, with a runner on third, the batter bunted. Emory, playing catcher, fielded the ball and threw the runner out at first. McDonald, playing first, threw back to Emory, who tagged out the runner going home, to save a run.
The Pythons lost 9 to 5 to the Dimare Academy team. Maggiore started, and was relieved by Lozano and Kacer.
The Pythons scored their runs in the fourth inning. Welch led off, and took one for the team. Kacer made first on a fielding error. Shore singled, followed by Kraslow taking a walk. Maggiore singled, Emory walked, and Parsons singled.
The Pythons played their third game of the day against the Arocha team, losing 13 to 5. Maggiore, Kacer, and Antonelli pitched.
The Pythons mounted their only rally in the fourth inning. Shore and Emory both singled, and Parsons drove them both in with a long single down the first base line. McDonald walked, and Maggiore singled in Parsons. Lozano singled. With two Pythons on base, Kraslow doubled to clear the bases.
The Arocha team were heavy hitters, putting three balls over the 237-foot center field wall for home runs.
The Pythons played the Arocha team again, losing 8 to 2. Emory, Kacer, and Lozano pitched.
The Pythons scored their runs in the second and third innings. Anzivino reached base on a fielder's choice, then advanced to second on a wild pitch and stole third. Kacer acted like to wanted to pull the ball to right field, but then laid down a perfect bunt to score Anzivino.
Next inning, Cerda, with the outfield playing in, knocked the ball over the head of the center fielder for a double. Antonelli moved Cerda to third with a ground ball, and Shore put down another sacrifice bunt for the score.
In the third inning, the Arocha team had a runner on third. Kacer threw a wild pitch, and the runner came, but Maggiore recovered the ball off the backstop and flipped to Kacer for the out at home.
The Pythons won their first game over the North Lauderdale team 10 to 8. Emory started and went four innings, and Kacer and Kraslow finished the game. The Pythons put the game away in the seventh inning. Maggiore walked, and stole second. Emory singled. Parsons hit a line drive to center that the fielder dropped, scoring the runners. Antonelli singled in Parsons. In the bottom of the seventh, the Pythons shut down the Lauderdale team with a double play. With a man on first, Emory fielded a grounder at shortstop, stepped on second, and threw to Kacer at first to end the inning. Antonelli and McDonald had two-hit nights. The best hit of the game was a double by Lozano.
The Pythons lost 3 to 1 to a Pembroke Lakes team. The only run came in the second. McDonald doubled and Kacer moved him to third. He scored on a wild pitch. Kraslow went the distance pitching. The game lasted only five innings due to rain.
The Pythons won 11 to 0. More details to follow.
The Pythons won the consolation bracket at the Pascual Millennium
Tournament by beating Latino America No. 2 by a knock-out score of 10 to 2.
The Pythons finished on a three-game winning streak.
Results of the tournament are posted
The Pythons staged a brilliant comeback, but lost their first game 10 to 9. They scored 6 runs in the bottom of the fifth and last inning, and loaded the bases, but could not quite overcome a tough International team.
Kraslow started and went four innings, and was relieved by Kacer, who pitched a scoreless fifth. The International team had only one good inning, scoring 7 runs in the fourth.
Kraslow blanked the Internationals in the first inning to start the game. When the Pythons came up to bat, Emory and Parsons both singled, and Kacer drove in Emory with a double. Antonelli then singled to drive in Parsons and Kacer, to get the Pythons off to a 3-zip lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Pythons were down 10 to 3. Cerda and Maggiore singled, and Emory doubled them in. Parsons, Kacer, Antonelli, and McDonald all singled in succession to bring the Pythons to within one run of tying. The next two players walked to load the bases, and the next batter hit a hard grounder to the left side of the infield that the shortstop managed to field for the last out. The International team had to use 3 pitchers in the last inning to stop the Pythons.
Three Pythons (Emory, Parsons, and Kacer) went 3 for 3, and Antonelli went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI. Defensively, McDonald and Martinez were dazzling in right field, catching four fly balls and making no errors. McDonald started in right and Martinez took over in the fifth when McDonald moved to first base to free up Kacer to pitch.
The Pythons played the Palm Springs North Patriots in a night game on June 13. The game was tied 1-all through 3 innings, but the Patriots broke out in the fourth inning and won the game 9-2. Emory started for the Pythons, and was relived by Maggiore.
The Pythons' scoring came in the first and fifth innings. In the first, Parsons walked, stole second and third, and was driven in by Kacer's sharp single to right field. In the fifth, Shore walked, and went to second on another walk to Welch. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. The pitcher then sent another ball in the dirt, which bounced to the backstop. Shore slid under the pitcher's tag to score.
The only other hit was a triple by Maggiore.
Defensively, Kraslow in left field threw a bullet to Lozano at third base to nail a Patriots' runner in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Pythons had their best game of the tournament, beating the Hialeah Gardens Yankees 7 to 1. Kraslow started and went four innings, with two innings of relief from McDonald. Neither pitcher gave up an earned run. McDonald also had a memorable night at the plate, going 3 for 3, with a double, and an RBI. Parsons was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI, and Emory was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI.
The Pythons had two big scoring innings. In the first, Maggiore walked and Antonelli took one for the team. Parsons then tripled past the center fielder to score both runners. Emory singled in Parsons, Cerda walked, and McDonald singled. With Cerda on third, Shore got the bunt sign, and laid down a beauty toward first that not only scored Cerda but left Shore safe. (Later, Shore put down another sacrifice bunt.)
In the fourth, with two out, Lozano got to first on a dropped third strike. Antonelli walked. Parsons hit an infield single to score Lozano. Emory singled to score Parsons.
Defensively, Martinez covered left field like a pro, making three catches.
The Pythons won their final seeding game, 4-2, over the Boynton Patriots, and are in the consolation bracket playoffs. Emory started and was relieved by Antonelli, who pitched two scoreless innings. Kraslow came in the last inning to shut down the Patriots.
In the second inning, Emory and McDonald singled. Emory scored on a wild pitch, and Shore drove in McDonald.
In the sixth inning, Antonelli, Maggiore, and Cerda walked. With the bases loaded, McDonald drove in two runs with a double.
The Pythons dominated Latino America No. 2 in the top consolation bracket, winning 10 to 2 in four innings in a game shortened by the 8-run knock-out rule. Emory and Antonelli each went 2 innings on the mound.
The Pythons hit well. McDonald was 2 for 2, with a single, a double, and a walk. He has gone 7 for 7 in the last three games. Parsons was 2 for 3, with a double, a triple, and 2 RBI. Martinez was 2 for 2, with a double and a single, and scored twice. Antonelli was 2 for 2 as well.
The Pythons started scoring in the second inning and never looked back. McDonald doubled to lead off the inning. Shore showed bunt to draw the infield in, then slashed the ball past the pitcher's mound. Shore was safe at first, and McDonald moved to second. Antonelli singled to score McDonald. Welch laid down a beautiful bunt to move the runners up, and Cerda bunted again to score Shore.
In the third, the first batter, Martinez, again doubled to lead off. Parsons tripled past the center fielder to score Martinez. Emory drove Parsons home with a hard grounder.
The fourth was a big inning. Antonelli singled. Welch sacrificed him to third, and Antonelli took home on a throwing error. Cerda singled, and Lozano hit a long fly, which the right fielder dropped. Martinez put down a squeeze bunt to send Cerda home. Lozano took second and third. Martinez stole second, advanced to third on a grounder by Maggiore, and stole home off the understandably distracted pitcher. The Pythons were not done. With the bases clear, Parsons doubled, and took third and home on wild pitches (from a new pitcher). Emory walked, stole second, went to third on one of the wild pitches, and scored on an error by the second baseman. At this point, the Pythons were ahead by 8 runs for a knock-out.
On defense, Emory had 3 put-outs on 3 chances at shortstop. In the bottom of the fourth, with a runner on second, Welch caught a fly ball in center field, and dashed to second for an unassisted double play.
The Pythons played their first game of the tournament against the Massapequa Mets, winning 9 to 4. Kraslow, Emory, and Anzivino combined for the win, Kraslow going the first four innings, followed by an inning of relief from Emory. Anzivino struck out the last two batters to end the game.
The Python's best at-bat came in the fourth inning, when they scored 5 runs. Lozano led off the inning with a double, and went to third on Cerda's sacrifice bunt. Parsons doubled to score Lozano, and then stole third. Emory tripled to score Parsons, and then scored on a passed ball. Maggiore and Kacer walked, then stole their way to second and third. McDonald grounded out to score Maggiore. Welch singled in Kacer.
Lozano and Maggiore had additional singles during the game, and Kraslow doubled. All team members were awarded a game ball by the manager.
The starting pitcher for the Mets had a high-velocity fastball, but the Pythons were able to hit him (and he hit one Python). The Long Island-based Mets seemed to have some trouble with the heat, which rose to around 90 degrees toward the middle of the noon-time game.
The Pythons lost 8 to 1 to a strong Tamiami team sponsored by Calypso Pools. This team went on to win the tournament. Emory started the game pitching, and had 6 strikeouts in 3 innings, followed by Anzivino, who allowed only one run in three innings, and was awarded a game ball. The team's hitting was sparse. Parsons, Anzivino, and Shore singled, and Emory doubled.
The Pythons lost a heartbreaker 7 to 6 in the final game of the seeding series. A win would have sent them to the championship bracket. Their opponent was the Forest Park Cardinals, out of suburban Atlanta, a scrappy team that took chances on the bases. (And their parents and siblings knew some entertaining cheers.)
Kraslow started the game as pitcher, and was relieved by Maggiore. The Pythons got their runs on walks and singles. In the bottom half of the second inning, Lozano and Welch walked, and Kraslow singled to score one run, leaving runners on second and third. Parsons hit an infield chop that the third baseman could not handle to score two more runs. The Pythons also scored once in the third on a single by McDonald to drive in Kacer, who had walked.
In the fifth and last inning, the Pythons rallied to score two more runs, but came up one run short. Kacer walked, Antonelli singled, and McDonald had an RBI on a grounder to the shortstop. Antonelli scored on a passed ball. Anzivino then walked and stole second, but the next two batters struck out to end the game.
Cerda had his first hit of the tournament with a long single to right field. Defensively, the Pythons gunned down 4 Cardinals attempting to steal.
The Pythons played their last game of the tournament against the South Lake Eagles, a local team. Anzivino started, and was relieved by Parsons and Kraslow. Again, the game was a heartbreaker, with the Pythons jumping out to an early 5-zip lead but fading in the later innings, and losing 9 to 6.
In the first inning, Emory singled, Maggiore walked, and Kraslow singled to load the bases. Antonelli then singled to drive in two runs. Anzivino doubled to drive in two more runs, and McDonald drove in Anzivino with a sharp single. The Pythons scored one more run in the second when Parsons doubled, stole third, and scored on a passed ball. In the latter 3 innings, the Pythons had only one hit, a single by Cerda.
The Pythons played two practice innings against the HPKL Midget II White Sox on May 5, 2001. David Kraslow pitched both innings without giving up a run. Kevin Kacer hit a triple to score two runs, and Brent Lozano knocked in another run. The Pythons were ahead 3-0 when the game was called so the Sox could participate in the Home Run Derby and the Pythons could take a team picture.
The Pythons played a practice game against the Miami Stingrays, a 12-and-under traveling team managed by Joe Perez, the Gulliver JV baseball coach, on May 12, 2001. Sean Emory started on the mound and Michael Anzivino came in after three innings, with Michael McDonald relieving. Together they held the Stingrays to two runs.
Kevin Parsons had 3 RBIs and went 3 for 4, including a triple, and a double with the bases loaded.
The Pythons triumphed 6-2 after eight innings.
The Stingrays have on their roster well-known HPKL players Vickash Ramjit, Michael Mullane, and Trey Glasson (although Trey was not at the game). The Rays played a good game despite missing several players.
The Pythons again played the Miami Stingrays, the 12-and-under traveling team managed by Joe Perez. The game was a slugfest, with the Pythons coming out on top 18 to 7. Sean Emory, Kevin Parsons, and David Kraslow pitched for the Pythons.
The Pythons hit well. David McDonald had a triple and 2 singles to score 3 runs. Kevin Parsons went 3 for 4, including a double and the team's first home run. Sean Emory had 2 doubles to score 4 runs. Michael Welch had 2 singles and a double with 2 RBIs. Michael Maggiore had 2 singles and 2 walks. Every Python who started made it to first base at some point during the game.
The Rays have been joined by Luke Jones. They played a tough game, and had two productive innings at the plate.