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The Old Timers played a respectable game in this week's competition.

Frantics win in Queens

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The Frantics will go to the finals after their 12-1 victory.
You couldn't ask for a more perfect day to play stickball; bright blue skies, low humidity, temperature in the 70s/80s, and a soft but steady breeze blowing from home towards the outfield. Unfortunately only two teams took advantage of the ideal conditions to participate in this week's Stickball Classic. In a lopsided win, the Frantics defeated the Old Timers 12-1 to advance to the final competition.

Despite the lopsided score, this was a well-played game. While the Old Timers showed a respectable amount of ball playing skills, they could not match the speed and range of their younger opponents. The Frantics scored in 5 of their seven at bats and played tough defense to limit the Old Timers opportunities. Whether or not the Frantics will be able to play competitively against the more established Manhattan and Bronx teams will be seen in the Finals coming up on Sept 15.

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Tito Rivera, about to unload a monster shot that won this week's longball competition
The longball contest was a true show. Andre "Sammy Sosa" Liberato, winner of the Manhattan event participated in today's event and established himself as the man to beat with another monster 320 foot blast. However, Tito Rivera, one of the games most consistent power players was determined to make it to the finals and this was his last chance. On his next to last attempt, Tito launched a towering shot that was picked up by the summer wind. When the ball finally returned to the planet, it registered an awesome 370+ feet, the longest shot ever recorded in the longball competition. The upcoming final longball event between Tito, Andre and Steve Mercado should produce some interesting aerial displays.

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