Vipers take RGMVM junior championship
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The Middle Village Vipers became the Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village, and Maspeth (RGMVM) Little League Junior champions by beating a talented and well-coached Garity Post team in a tough three-game series.

The first game was a battle, as the Vipers won in extra innings. Michael Bardales started off the game pitching well, recording several strikeouts. Dante Gargiulocame on in relief and notched the victory with crafty pitching, striking out seven.

The game-winning run was driven in by second baseman Andre Elias in the top of the ninth. Right fielder Neil O’Donnell saved the first game with a spectacular leaping stop to prevent Garity Post from scoring.

Garity Post dominated the second game of the series with exceptional pitching, timely fielding, and clutch hitting for the victory.

In the final and deciding game, the hard-throwing Thomas Jankowski went the distance, notching 12 strikeouts in the championship victory.

The Vipers came out on top early in the first, scoring four runs. Shortstop John Amore and center fielder Dante Gargiulo started off the game, and first baseman Gianluca Chiodi executed a perfect squeeze play to plate the first run of the game.

Jankowski and center fielder Mike Hubert each drive in runs, with the final run of the inning coming from the hot-hitting Thomas Breen, who crushed a line drive past third base.

In the third inning the Vipers scored two more runs, when Hubert led off with a hard drive and stole second and third. He was driven home by third baseman Anthony Agosta’s single up the middle. Second baseman Mike Bardales doubled to left bringing Agosta home.

In the fourth inning, Chiodi started a two-out rally with a drive to the outfield and stole second and third. He was driven in by Jankowski, who advanced on a sharp hit ball by Hubert.

The Vipers final run came in the fifth inning when Bardales hit a triple and was driven home by the right fielder Breen, who lined a hard hit ball to the outfield and was advanced on the base path by left fielder Andre Elias.
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