It felt like a midsummer night as 20 former Dolphin Baseball players turned out for some friendly competition at the second annual Baseball Alumni game at the CSI Baseball Complex. Alumni from teams ranging from 1985 to 2006 put on their gloves and got out their bats to be Dolphins baseball players for one more night, as alumni from the odd-numbered years defeated the even-numbered-year squad 3 to 2.
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Current CSI assistant coach John Scrivani coached the winning odd-numbered team that donned black jerseys and consisted of Frank Guglielmo ’03, Kevin Biesty ’05, Ted Maceda ’04, David Granato*, Anthony Hillery ’07, Mark Gonzalez*, Steven Schnell*, Robert Marolla ’96, T.J. Greco ’01, Joe Ruiz ’06, and Victor Reich ’90. Wearing blue was the even-numbered team, coached by CSI assistant Tom Wohlfit, which included Anthony Avena’01, Bill Lonergan ’93, Anthony Calafiore ’92, Nick Secchini*, Andrew Fraschilla*, Joe Perrotta*, Matt Stefanski*, Pat Smith*, and Arne Mattsson ’79.
Mark Gonzalez was awarded MVP honors for the black team after knocking in the winning run and getting the save on the mound. Anthony Avena, who tallied three hits, an RBI, and a run scored, was named MVP for the blue team.
CSI head coach Mike Mauro ’89 and associate head coach Neil Barbella organized the Alumni matchup, and CSI’s Alumni Association provided t-shirts and raffles. All members of the 2009 CSI CUNYAC Championship team were there to help with batting practice and registration.
“It was a great night, thanks to our supportive alumni and the hard working staff at CSI,” said Barbella, “I’m happy so many people look forward to this night and the alumni and their families have an enjoyable evening. We hope it continues to grow as word spreads to all of our Dolphin Baseball alumni.”
*Denotes that a player attended CSI but did not graduate from the College.