The NYPD baseball team, composed of police officers from throughout the city who play many fundraising games, made its first visit to Provident Bank Park in Pomona on Saturday to play a charity exhibition game against the Rockland Boulders.
The Boulder's Keith Brachold went 4-for-4 in his Boulders debut, coming to the team from the Brockton Rox. In seven games at Provident Bank Park in 2011, he batted .520, going 13-for-25.
Todd Gossage and Scott Clement hit back-to-back homers and the Boulders had 18 hits in a 17-8 final over the NYPD team.
To make the NYPD team, cops must try out for spots on the squad. Although they play many games in the metropolitan area, the team also travels across the country to play fundraising games. The team includes several players from Westchester and Rockland counties.
The Boulders host the New Jersey Jackals in a 2 p.m. start today in a Mother's Day Special, as the first 500 moms in attendance will receive a flower courtesy of the Rockland Boulders. Admission is free, however, parking fees of $5 will be in effect.
Training camp for the Boulders ends on May 16, after which the Boulders open the regular season by traveling to Canada to face the defending champ Quebec Captiales on May 17 to start a four game set. They return to Provident Bank Park for the 2012 Home Opener on May 22 against the Newark Bears. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm, with pregame festivities starting at 6:30.
Here’s the starting line up for the NYPD team, and their NYPD units:
Victor Rosario (OCCB), left field
Frank Delgado (Transit ATU), second base
RJ Ragone (73rd Precinct), shortstop
Dave Mischo (Warrants Division), third base
Eric Sorensen (30th Precinct), catcher
Henry Maldonado (Citywide Traffic Task Force), center field
Dave Mendez (PSA 8), DH
Joe Manzella (105th Precinct), first base
Dennis O’Sullivan (Emergency Service Unit), right field
Kevin Gieras (20th Precinct RAM Unit), pitcher
Here’s the rest of the roster for the team:
Jose Vazquez, (retired NYPD), manager
Jose Vega (72nd Squad), coach
Mike Gaynor (70th Squad), coach
Isaac Mercado (40th Precinct), coach
Fernando Espindola (Gang Unit), pitching coach (a Rockland County resident)
Dan DeChirico (122nd Precinct), pitcher
Mike Gagliardi (40th Precinct), infielder (a Tarrytown resident)
Chris Donato (Midtown South Precinct), infielder
Danny Fitzpatrick (13 Precinct), pitcher
Jose Sanchez (71st Precinct), pitcher
Dave Rodriguez (70th Precinct), infielder
Reggie Smith (73rd Precincet), infielder
Steve Phelan (Gang Unit), pitcher (a Rockland County resident)
Shane Bolin (47th Precinct), outfielder
Mel Ariola (13th Precinct), infielder (a Stony Point resident)
Chris Volz (PSA 7), pitcher
Dave Mercado (Police Academy), catcher
Matt Cresswell (Midtown South Precinct), pitcher
Robert Hugli (66th Precinct), pitcher
Joe Ayala (46th Precinct), pitcher
Peter Kessler (60th Precinct), infielder
Tim Craft (41st Precinct), outfielder
Nicholas DeMeo (75th Precinct), pitcher
Tyrell Parker (Police Academy), outfielder
Robert O’Neill (Police Academy), pitcher
Dominic Alongi (Police Academy), catcher
Daniel Phelan (Police Academy), pitcher