Stepinac Seniors go to National Amateur Baseball World Series

Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2008 by

Stepinac Seniors go to National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series Championship

By Alex Myers
The Journal News • July 29, 2008

With the help of two Stepinac players, the Long Island Tigers won the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series Championship for the High School Division (ages 17 and under). The tournament in Lynchburg, Va., wrapped up Sunday and featured 32 teams from across the country.

In the championship game against the Delmar (Pa.) Diamonds, Tarrytown resident Anthony Muccio's two-run triple in the sixth inning helped break open a tight game as the Tigers went on to win 9-1.

"Coming in first out of 32 teams is a really big accomplishment," said Muccio, the team's second baseman. "It's something I'll probably remember for the rest of my life."

In the team's second game of the tournament against the Ohio Extreme on Friday, Muccio, who will be a senior, hit another triple that knocked home the game-winning run in the sixth inning. The Tigers wound up with a perfect 7-0 record for the tournament.

Joining Muccio on the Tigers was Eddie Martinez, another player for the Crusaders during the varsity season. Martinez, who plays catcher and lives in Yonkers, will also be a senior this year. He helped handle a pitching staff that was solid throughout the tournament and ended on a high note by throwing a combined no-hitter in the championship contest.

This has been Muccio's first year on the Tigers, a team for which his father, Stephen, also played for as kid. It's been a busy summer with practices and games and a recent trip to play a tournament in Canada. But this past weekend is sure to be the highlight of the season.

"It was a good experience," Muccio said. "It made us better players and there were a lot of scouts there as well."