It was an exciting night for a few dozen local youth baseball players who got to enjoy a free dinner and take home trophies, as well.
The Valley Stream Baseball League hosted its annual awards dinner last Saturday night at the VFW Hall on Merrick. The leagueâ€™s three championship teams were recognized along with two outstanding players.
The Yankees, coached by Brian Cohen, were the winners of the Rookie Division. The Cubs, led by Nelson Martinez, were champions of the David Wright Division and the Marlins captured their second straight Derek Jeter Division title. Marlins coach Matt Roth led his team to an undefeated season, winning all 15 games.
The Player of the Year from the Wright Division was Thomas Marten of the Rays. His coach, Jamie Lewin, noted that Marten exemplified leadership, dedication and heart, and was the unanimous choice for the award among all coaches.
Nicholas Hernandez of the championship Marlins was the top player from the Jeter Division. Roth cited Hernandezâ€™s exception baseball skills, ability to play almost every position, and leadership on and off the field.
Registration is already under way for the leagueâ€™s 2013 season. Next year, it will be partnering with the Valbrook Baseball Camp to offer special rates for players who participate in both organizations. The league is also introducing wood bat baseball next year.