Hawks Baseball: VSBL History

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VSBL Yearly Champions and Coaches

7u Sandlot Division
2009 Hawks - Bob Inzerillo
2010 Hawks - Bob Inzerillo
2011 Red Sox - Kyle Manning**
2012 Yankees - Anthony Prisinzano
2013 Blue Jays - Mike Bello**
2014 Nationals - Chad Smith
2015 Yankees - Joe Casey

     Sandlot B Division 7u (first year teams only)
       2010 Red Sox - Kyle Manning*
       2011 Phillies - Anthony Serrano / Edgar Rojas
       2012 Blue Jays - Michael Bello*
Rookie "A" Division
2009 Diamondbacks
(9u) - Hector Molina
2010 Rays
(8u) - Jamie Lewin*
2011 Cardinals (8u) - Jeff Arrigo / Bob Inzerillo
2012 Yankees
(9u) - Brian Cohen
2013 Giants (9u) - Mauricio De Las Cuevas
2014 Blue Jays (9u)- Mike Bello***
2015 Giants (8u) - Terence Bradford

10u "AA" Division
2011 Rays - Jamie Lewin**

2012 Cubs - N. Martinez*
2013 Yankees - Brian Cohen
2014 Red Sox - Kyle Manning***
2015 Dodgers - John Valencia

11u Firemen's Division
2009 Angels - Pat Loftus
11u Wright Division
2010 Cardinals  - Bill Byrnes


12u Division
2009 Mets - Steve Olivieri (Mantle DIvision)
2010 Braves - John Schroeder (Jeter Division)
2011 Marlins - Matt Roth* (Jeter Division)
2012 Marlins - Matt Roth**(Jeter Division)
2013 Cubs - Nelson Martinez** (Jeter Division)
2014 Seahawks - Nelson Martinez*** (Jeter Division)
2015 Hawks - Bob Inzerillo******* (AAA Division)
14u Seaver Division
2009 Mets - Chris Vesely

14u Firemen's Division
2010 Nationals - Nick Vecchionne
2011 Hawks (Firemen's Classic) - Joe Abruzzino

Wednesday, September 26
League Presidents

2008-current   Bob Inzerillo
2008  Rich DeAngelis
2006-2008  John Tufarelli
2001-2006  Tony Iadevaio

Mail Leader

ST Marys
VSBL / Mail League HISTORY

Hawks Memorial Day 2010
     VSBL - the "Mail League" as it was originally known, is one of the country's oldest existing amateur baseball leagues for kids, pre-dating the nationally known Little League.  It came into being on May 27, 1943 in association with Valley Stream's own newspaper, the "Valley Stream Mail" (Mail Leader as it later became known, and now the VS Herald).

     The league was founded by Conrad Totten, known as Connie.  For a long time, Totten was interested in forming a baseball league in Valley Stream.  Totten approached Watt Howe, who owned and was the editor of the "Valley Stream Mail".  Watt undertook sponsorship of the teams, and offered advertising support in helping to form the league.

     Meetings were held at Valley Stream Central High School and the clubhouse at Firemen's Field to organize the league.

     The first game was played at Firemen's Field on June 10, 1943, and incumbent mayor Henry Hendrickson threw out the first ball.

     The league formed with 10 teams in the beginning. The founding members of the league were local volunteer organizations who placed teams in the league over the years. There were teams from the VFW, American Legion, Kiwanis, Elks, Police Boys Club, St. Mary's (pictured above), Warriors, the Masons, and later, Blessed Sacrament and Gibson. 

     By 2007 the league evolved into one organization, the Valley Stream Baseball League,  and a travel organization with teams from ages 9-19, the Valley Stream Colts and the Hawks.
     The League went to went bats in 2013 in the 12u Jeter, 10u Wright, and 9u Rookie (Soon to be Rivera) Divisions. 2013 League registrations included discounts for Valbrook Baseball Camp, subscriptions to the VS Herald, and discounts at Beaver Bats in Oceanside.

-information for this history page provided by Richard Totten, whose grandfather, Conrad Totten, founded the league. Richard Totten played in the Mail League from 1948-55. 

Mail League Opener 1960's

VSBL Champions
2015 VSBL Champions
AAA Division - Hawks
AA Division - Dodgers
A Division - Giants
Sandlot Division - Yankees

2014 VSBL Champions
Jeter 12u Division - Seahawks
Wright 10u Division - Red Sox
Rivera 9u Division - Blue Jays
   Sandlot 7u Division - Nationals
2014 Player of the Year - TBD

   2013 VSBL Champions

Jeter 12u Division - Cubs
Wright 10u Division - Yankees
Rivera 9u Division - Giants
Sandlot 7u Division - Blue Jays
2013 Player of the Year - Theo Franks, Cubs

2012 VSBL Champions

Jeter 12u Division - Marlins
Wright 10u Division - Cubs
Rookie Division 8u - Yankees

Sandlot Division A - Yankees
Sandlot Division B  - Blue Jays   

2012 VSBL Awards Winners
12u Division Player of the Year:
Nicholas Hernandez
10u Division Player of the Year: Thomas Marten
Coach of the Year: Rick Franco, White Sox

2011 VSBL Champions 
Firemen's Classic 14u  - Hawks
Jeter 12u Division - Marlins
Wright 10u Division - Rays
Rookie Division 8u - Cardinals

Sandlot Division A - Red Sox
 Sandlot Division B  - Phillies

2011 VSBL Awards Winners
12u Division Player of the Year: Patrick Loftus
10u Division Player of the Year: Darius Badger
Board of Directors Award: VS Parks Department

2010 VSBL Champions 
Firemen's Division 14u- Nationals
Jeter Division 12u- Braves
Wright Division 11u- Cardinals
Rookie Division 8u - Rays

Sandlot Division A- Hawks
 Sandlot Division B - Red Sox

2010 VSBL Awards Winners
 10u Division Player of the Year: Antony Simos
12u Division Player of the Year: Brian Morales
14u Division Player of the Year: Vito Friscia


2009 VSBL Champions 
Seaver Division 14u- Mets
Mantle Division 12u - Mets
Firemen's Division 11u - Angels
Rookie Division 9u - Diamondbacks
Sandlot Division 7u - Hawks

2009 VSBL Awards Winners
 12u Division Player of the Year: Liam O'Dougherty

Mayor Cahill 14u Division Player of the Year:
 Jeffrey Lantigua

Colts and Hawks Travel Program
N Inzerillo Hawks

     The Valley Stream Baseball League officially combined it's travel teams into one program beginning in 2007.  In the past, different organizations created teams; BSAA Angels, Gibson Yankees, VSML Dodgers, VSML Gladiators and the Spartans.  The origin of these team were all players who played the the VSBL.   

      Bob Inzerillo, with Rich DeAngelis and John Tufarelli, started the travel program for the youth of Valley Stream.  In 2001 Mr. Inzerillo founded of the Valley Stream Hawks.  He has agreed the be the director of the VSBL travel program.  Mr. Inzerillo has tremendous knowledge of travel baseball.  He is very aware of the different leagues and tournaments that the VSBL teams can compete in.  We will be forming teams for ages ranging from 8yrs-18yrs old each season forward.

     The name Colts was chosen for the new teams beginning in 2007 to join the already existing Hawks teams.
  New logos, uniforms and the www.coltsbaseball.com web site all made their debut in 2007 as part of this exciting adventure.  The Hawks continue on as an alternate VSBL travel team name.      
Please contact Bob Inzerillo at 516-492-5119, or Armando Hernandez if you are looking to become a part of VSBL Travel Baseball.

A look back to 2007......

     Our new travel program proved to be a huge success in its inaugural season. That summer, Coach Inzerillo took his 18u to the FABL Open Division title in 2007  and Coach Rocchio's 18u team finished first in the Connie Mack West Division. 

     We had two 16U teams coached by Bruno/Corea/DeAngelis and Tufarelli/Breidenbach/Iadevaio. The Bruno team played in Connie Mack while the Tufarelli team took on the Babe Ruth League, winning the Nassau County Championship.  Coach Tomaszewski coached our 14U group that played in the Connie Mack League Koufax division.

      Our 12u Cooperstown team was headed by Chris Vesley and Mike Labeck. They took their Colts to AllStar Village in July.

     Coach Bilello's brought his 13u team on board with the Colts, and they competed in the Babe Ruth League Rookie Division. They assembled the 12 year olds from their squad and went to Cooperstown Dreams Park in 2007.

     The Colts 12u team was coached by Lee Bogner. The boys played 2007 in the NT Baseball League and won the Floral Park Memorial Day tournament. Coach Lee also took his group to Cooperstown in the Diamonds tournament.

     Last but certianly not least, our 11u team was coached by Vito Frisca. Coach Friscia's team played NCYAA in '07 summer and later won the Fall NCYAA championship going 13-0.

Friday, March 30
2011 Hawks 14u Championships

 Congratulations to our 2011 Hawks and Coach Joe Abruzzino
NCYAA Spring Champs 14u: V.S. Hawks
Brooklyn Wood Bat 14u Tournament Champs: V.S. Hawks
Firemen's Classic Tournament 14u: V.S. Hawks

Tuesday, January 17
2011 First Firemens Classic Tournament

2011 Firemen's Classic
was a huge success.
Thank You to all teams who Participated:
Elmjack, Garden City, Farmingdale Knights, Hit Squad and
Tournament Champions The
Valley Stream Hawks
Congratulations to Coaches Joe Abruzzino and Manny Pizzaro

2011 Awards and Champions

2011 VSBL Champions 
Firemen's Classic 14u  - Hawks
Jeter 12u Division - Marlins
Wright 10u Division - Rays
Rookie Division 8u - Cardinals

Sandlot Division A - Red Sox
 Sandlot Division B  - Phillies

2011 VSBL Awards Winners

12u Division Player of the Year:
Patrick Loftus

10u Division Player of the Year:
Darius Badger 

Coach of the Year:
Nelson Martinez

Board of Directors Award:
VS Parks Department
(accepted by Frank Torres) 

VSBL 2011
Wright Champion Rays
Friday, October 14
2011 VSBL Annual Awards Dinner

VSBL 2011 b
Frank Torres Receives VS Parks Award

Wearing custom championship T-shirts, players from the Valley Stream Baseball League’s top two teams were honored at the annual awards dinner last Saturday night at the VFW hall.

The Rays won the David Wright Division, for players ages 9 and 10, beating the Orioles 12-10 in the final game. They were coached by Jamie Lewin, Tom Marten and John Doncell.

“The kids really worked hard all year long,” Lewin said. “They love the game of baseball.” He added that the team is like “one big family,” and the children play very well together.

Capturing the Derek Jeter Division championship, for players ages 11 and 12, was the Marlins. In a rematch from last year, the Marlins beat its biggest rival, the Hawks, to win the division title. Coach Matt Roth, who has been leading the team for the past three years, said the players did what it took to win. “They practiced hard, played hard,” he said. “It’s been three years in the making.”

Players from both championship teams received trophies. Additionally, each child was given a T-shirt with the names of the players and coaches.

The Baseball League also recognized some of its top players and contributors. Darius Badger was named the Player of the Year from the Wright Division. The 10-year-old who attends Wheeler Avenue School played catcher for the Cubs this past season. He has been in the league for four years and said he always helps his teammates to become better ballplayers.

Patrick Loftus, 12, was the Player of the Year from the Jeter Division. He attends the Kellenberg Latin School and has been in the Baseball League for eight years. This past year, he played first base for the Angels.

He was recognized not only for his play on the field, but for his other contributions to the league. Patrick has helped with registration at Firemen’s Field and set up for the annual Opening Day festivities.

League President Bob Inzerillo described Darius and Patrick as two “very special kids.” He said the award goes to players who have good baseball skills, are good team players and show a dedication to the league.

Coach of the Year honors went to Nelson Martinez, who guided the Cubs this past season. The Man of the Year award actually went to several men, and women, who have made a difference. It was presented to the Valley Stream Parks Department, for the work its staff does to take care of the fields that the Baseball League uses, specifically at Firemen’s Field.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Parks Department was Frank Torres, a parks supervisor. John Tufarelli, a village trustee and former Baseball League president, praised the work of Torres and the parks staff. “The field where your kids play, they are pristine,” he said.

In addition to the awards ceremony, Inzerillo highlighted some events from the past year, including the first ever Firemen’s Classic Tournament. It featured teams from Valley Stream and other surrounding towns. He also said he is excited for next year, which will be the Baseball League’s 70th season.

Jeter Champion Marlins

Colts and Hawks Champs 2000-2009

 2014 NCYBL 12u Hawks Fall League Champions - Coach Bob Inzerillo

2009 NCYAA 9u Colts Fall League Champions - Coach Dave Centeno

2009 NCYAA 9u Colts Spring League Champions - Coach Dave Centeno

 2008 NT Baseball 9u Colts Summer League Champions - Coach Mike Barsky

2008 Long Island Babe Ruth 14u Hawks Freshmen Division Champions - Coach Al Bilello

 2008 Ozone Park Dukes 11u Colts Tournament Champions - Coach Vito Friscia

2007 Diamond Pros 10u Colts Fall League Champions - Coach Vito Friscia

2007 Nassau Babe Ruth 16u Colts JV Champions - Coach John Tufarelli

2007 FABL 18u Colts FABL Open A Division Champions - Coach Bob Inzerillo

2007 LI Connie Mack 18u Colts Division Winners - Coach Matt Rocchio

2006 FABL 18u  Hawks Wood Bat Metro Division Champions - Coach Bob Inzerillo

 2006 Diamond Pros 13u Hawks League Champions - Coach Al Bilello

2005 NCYAA 12u Hawks League Champions - Coach Al Bilello

2005  Diamond Pros 17u Hawks Fall League Champions - Coach Bob Inzerillo

2004 Triple Crown Fall Wood Bat 16u Hawks Tournament Champions - Coach Bob Inzerillo

2004 LICM Mantle 16u Hawks Division Champions - Coach Bob Inzerillo

2003 Triple Crown 15u Hawks Fall Wood Bat Tournament Champions - Coach Bob Inzerillo

2003 LICM Koufax 14u Hawks League Champions - Coach Bob Inzerillo

2003 NY Metro 14u Hawks Tournament Champions - Coach Bob Inzerillo

2003 VSML Seaver 14u Hawks League Champions (Undefeated) - Coach Bob Inzerillo

2002 Nassau Babe Ruth 13u Hawks Division Champions - Coach Bob Inzerillo

2001 VSML Mantle 12u Hawks League Champions (Undefeated) - Coach Bob Inzerillo

2000 VSML Mantle 12u Hawks League Champions - Coach Bob Inzerillo

Opening Day 2009

Opening day 2009 a
A look back at Opening Day 2009

Divisions Renamed in 2009-2010

     The VSBL renamed 3 divisions for the 2010 season. The 4-5 year old division is renamed the Sluggers Division.  The 10u Division is named for NY Mets star 3B David Wright, and the 12u Division is called the Derek Jeter Division in honor of the Yankees future Hall of Fame shortstop and captain.  
     The Sandlot Division for the 6-7 year olds and the Rookie Division for 8 and 9 year olds were created in 2009.
     Previously the Sluggers Division was the Farm Division, Sandlot was the Cub Division, 10u was Mattingly, and 12u was Mantle.

opening day 14
2011 Opening Day

Opening Day 2011 was April 30

Thanks to Mayor Ed Fare, Trustees John Tufarelli and Vincent Grasso.
Village Clerk Bob Barra and predesessor Vinny Ang.
Village Justice Bob Bogle
Assemblymen Joe Ra and Brian Curran.
Town of Hempstead Councilman James Darcy
Nassau County Legislator John Ciotti.
Youth Program Director Ken Heino
Our singer Tony Kateridge
And our Jeter Division Player of the year Brian Morales 
Who caught the first pitch from
Mayor Ed Fare to open our season
Special thanks to Phil Tondi and his crew!

  VSBL Opening Day

APRIL 30, 2011

Great Turnout again!
Thanks to all who joined to
Open our
69th Season
as Valley Stream's Original
Baseball League
Guests Included:

State Senator Dean Skelos
Nassau Legislator John Ciotti
State Assemblymen Brian Curran
And Ed Ra
Mayor Ed Fare
Trustees John Tufarelli, Vincent Grasso
Village Clerk Bob Barra
Judge Bob Bogle
Town of Hempstead Councilman
Jim Darcy
Fmr Village Clerk Vinny Ang
among others.
National Anthem by
*   *   *
Pres. Bob Inz 492-5119
VP Rich Graves 256-2634
VP Rich DeAngelis 

All the coaches and players
and all the great people who helped in the Hot Dog Stand!

Thank You!

opening day 2011
Fantastic Opener Again this year Thanks to all who Participated

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