Saint John's Student Finds Success Playing Local Baseball

posted Jun 29, 2010, 9:18 AM by rthompson@stjohnsacademysf.org   [ updated Jun 29, 2010, 10:41 AM by fr.irenei@stjohnsacademysf.org ]

June 28, 2010 – San Bruno, CA

A freshman-to-be this fall at Saint John’s High School, Anthony Triantafillidis, (a.k.a. “Tony Trianta” by his baseball peers) has been playing baseball in various leagues around the Bay Area for several years now. The last two years he has been with the San Bruno Muscats, a team in the San Bruno PONY (“Protect Our Nation’s Youth”) Baseball League (http://www.pony.org) and is showing some promise in his pursuits. Prior to PONY League, Anthony also played in the Pacifica National Little League (in 2008) and with the Junior Giants (2006-2007).

Earlier this year, Anthony, who normally plays the center fielder position, was selected as an All-Star for his league based on recommendations from his coach, Jim Thiel. Jim has been coaching San Bruno PONY League for many years and selected Anthony for his improved skills in fielding and batting. Anthony, who wears jersey number 23, was promoted to the lead-off spot in the batting order and held that spot for the duration of the season. Unfortunately, Anthony was unable to compete in the All-Star Tournament he was selected for (scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend) due to prior family commitments.

When the San Bruno Pony League season completed a few weeks ago, the Muscats were second in the overall standings and earned a berth into the city championships. The San Bruno City Championship Series included the top four teams in the city and after two consecutive wins, the Muscats took the championship in the knock-out round.

Next up for Anthony was the Northern Peninsula PONY League Championship Series a 3 Game Series against the winners of the South San Francisco league, the South City Canes. This was a huge challenge for the Muscats who fell behind in the first game and had to battle to stay alive in the series. In Game 2, Anthony went 3 for 4 with two singles and a double to help the Muscats even up the series 1-1.

On Sunday, June 27, the Muscats had to rally from a 4-0 deficit. Anthony led off the late inning rally with a stand-up triple to deep right-center. By the last inning (only 7 innings are played in PONY) the team was still within striking distance. They were trailing only by two runs. After loading the bases in the bottom half of the inning and with one out a ground ball would have ended the season for them, but thanks to some timely hitting a double brought in 3 runs to win the Series in dramatic fashion.

Anthony, who thoroughly enjoys playing the sport, intends to pursue baseball in the coming years, while continuing his academic achievements at Saint John’s.

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