Baseball Miracles Off to Maryland

Baseball Miracles, Inc., announced it will be holding two free baseball clinics for undeserved but deserving children in Baltimore and Bowie, Md., Aug. 21-24.

Alex Agostino, a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies and Baseball Miracles volunteer, will serve as the field coordinator for both clinics.

The Bowie clinic will be at Prince George’s Stadium from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 22. Following the clinic, Baseball Miracles volunteers will be doing a community service project at Sarah’s House, a homeless shelter.

Kids from the Bowie clinic will receive a free ticket to see the Bowie Baysox game Aug. 22. The Baysox are the Eastern League Class AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

The Baltimore clinic will be at Eddie Murray Field from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 23.

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CYO XC Opens Sept. 14

CYO New York released its 2019 CYO Cross Country schedule, which begins with the CYO Endless Summer meet at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx Sept. 14.

Seven of the 10 meets are scheduled Van Cortlandt Park, including the CYO Upstate Championships Oct. 26 and the CYO Archdiocese of New York Championships Nov. 2. Villa Maria Academy in the Bronx is the site of one meet, and pending meets are scheduled for Pearl River Middle School and Bowdoin Park.

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Companions in Courage Hosting Run

The Runner’s Edge Main Street Mile is scheduled for Aug. 31 in Farmingdale on Long Island.

The event will benefit Companions in Courage Foundation, started in 1997 by NHL Hall of Famer and former Ranger and Islander Pat LaFontaine. The foundation constructs interactive playrooms at hospitals in North America, including some hospitals in the archdiocese.

LaFontaine was one of the athletes chosen to participate in the first global conference of faith and sport at the Vatican in 2016.

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LaSorsa Sports 1.09 ERA

Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSorsa has surrendered only three earned runs in 24 2/3 innings for a 1.09 earned run average in helping the Hudson Valley Renegades to a 25-18 record so far this season.

The Renegades are currently in second place with a 25-18 record, one game between the Aberdeen IronBirds in the New York-Penn League’s McNamara Division. Hudson Valley is the Class A short-season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

LaSorsa is 3-1 in 10 relief outings, allowing only 13 hits and two walks. He has 23 strikeouts and is holding opponents to a .157 batting average.

LaSorsa was an 18th-round pick of the Rays out of St. John’s University in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft.


Espinal Pitching on Cape

Cardinal Spellman High School graduate Blake Espinal is 0-1 with a 5.92 earned run average for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

The 21 year old, who pitches for Seton Hall University, has 12 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.

The Cape Cod Baseball League is the premier collegiate summer baseball league in the United States.


DeVito Continues to Roll

St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School graduate Ricky DeVito has not allowed an earned run in his last three outings, lowering his earned run average from 10.13 to 3.38.

In his most recent outing on July 26, DeVito allowed two hits and one walk, and struck out five over four innings for the Danville Braves in a 2-0 Appalachian League loss to the Bluefield Blue Jays.

Danville is a Class A short-season affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. DeVito was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the eighth round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft out of Seton Hall University.

LaSorsa Fires 3 Shutout Innings

Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSorsa threw three shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out four for the Hudson Valley Renegades in a 12-2 New York-Penn League baseball victory over Vermont at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill on Tuesday.

The Renegades held a 4-2 lead when LaSorsa entered the game in the sixth inning.

For the season, LaSorsa is 3-1 with a 0.79 earned run average. In 22 2/3 innings, he’s allowed two earned runs on 11 hits and two walks. He has 21 strikeouts.

LaSorsa was an 18th-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft out of St. John’s University. The Renegades are the Class A short-season affiliate of the Rays.