The Long Island Whalers are the Baseball Player Magazine Showcase Series Champions

06/11/2012, 5:25pm (EDT)
By BPM, Photos by Brandon Kurz

The Whalers Edge the Long Island Braves to Become the 1st Winner of the Annual Showcase Series.

You don’t have to leave Nassau County to find showcase tournaments anymore. Now you can drive twenty minutes from your home and watch your favorite travel baseball player play on beautiful fields in front of college coaches.

The Baseball Player Magazine Showcase Series featured some of the top teams that Long Island has to offer. The Long Island Whalers became the first ever Showcase Series champion with an 8-4 victory over a very tough Long Island Braves team, who had only given up three runs going into the game. The Whalers also had to get through last year’s BPM National Championship team the North Shore Cougars, who seemed to have the Whalers number until yesterday.

The Whalers had to come back from a 3-0 deficit to overcome the Braves. Kevin Podell was the winning pitcher and Justin Scala recorded the three inning save. “It was a complete team win. It took every one of our guys to help get the win and to capture our first tournament championship of the year,” said longtime Whalers coach Matt Lemanczyk.

After the hot weekend, you could see that the players were exhausted. Joey Fusco from the LI Braves came straight from the Area Code Games to participate. Max Riskin of the Whalers caught three straight games in one day. Brendan Sherman pitched 11 innings in two days. The boys battled their hearts out and there was some solid baseball being played.

Some of the colleges that visited Mitchell Field A & B, St. Dominic Athletic Complex, and Holy Trinity High School can be viewed by clicking here.

Baseball Player Magazine hosts tournaments during the spring, summer, and fall seasons and their main events are the Showcase Series and BPM National Championship in the fall. Visit http://www.baseballplayermagazine.com for more information.

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Long Island’s All-Star Baseball Game on Friday

06/07/2012, 7:12pm (EDT)
By Jeff Noreman

Rawlings RTC Grand Slam Challenge Benefits Baseball and Charity

Long Island’s All-Star Baseball Game for for High School Seniors has been held since 2009 as the RTC Game, and has become an event bigger than just a ball game. Now known as the Rawlings RTC Grand Slam Challenge, it will be played again this year at SUNY Farmingdale Baseball Stadium on Friday June 8th at 7:00PM. Admission for this charity event is $5, and Little Leaguers wearing their jerseys get in free. All funds go to the Ryan T. Caulfield Foundation.

Rosters for the players selected to represent Nassau and Suffolk Counties are available by selecting the appropriate link on the left side of this page.

The Ryan T. Caulfield Foundation

Ryan Caulfield

The Ryan T. Caulfield Foundation was founded in February 2000, just two weeks after Ryan passed away at the age of 23. RTC Foundation was established to honor the memory of the Ryan, who bravely fought a battle with the deadly disease Lupus. The Ryan T. Caulfield (RTC) Foundation is a non-profit organization, whose goals include providing funds for medical research with a special interest in the research and treatment of Lupus.

Since the Foundation was established, over $200,000 has been raised and donated to medical research institutes. An additional $10,000 has been awarded through scholarships to students at Bethpage High School, where Caulfield attended.The RTC Foundation was a founding member of The Research Institute for Medical Research at North Shore – LI Jewish Health System.

The Foundation raises funds at this event, and through the Ryan T. Caulfield Golf Classic, now in its 13th year. This year, the event will be held on Monday, July 2, at the Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack.

For further information, go to www.bchittingacademy.com and click on the links for RTC Foundation and News

Ryan Caulfield

Ryan Caulfield passed away after a five year battle with Lupus. Ryan was first diagnosed with Lupus in his freshman year in college at New York Institute of Technology. Instead of succumbing to the disabling disease, he continued to flourish as a catcher on the baseball team and played every day, without informing the staff of why he was in continuous pain. He took the painful burden of Lupus alone, never making excuses and never asking to be treated different than other members of the team.

“It’s a cliche, but Ryan really was always looking out for other people,” said his brother and Foundation founder, Michael “Butch” Caulfield. “He never complained. He always put other people ahead of him. The coach (NYIT head coach Bob Hirschfield) never knew he had Lupus until the day he died.”

Earning a college degree is challenging, and its even more so with the demands of playing a collegiate sport. Despite this and his serious health challenges, Ryan graduated New York Tech in four years.

“The coach (NYIT head coach Bob Hirschfield) never knew he had lupus until the day he died,” said Butch.

Ryan’s life and potential was cut very short. He was an all-county football player and a highly recruited catcher at Bethpage High School on Long Island and considered a future draft pick by major league baseball scouts. Ryan won the Newsday Diamond Award for the best player in Nassau and still holds the County record for RBI with 58.