Memories That Will Last Forever

Time flies when you’re having fun playing baseball.

That’s probably what the New York Yankees’ Women’s Mini Fantasy Camp participants were thinking as they walked away from George M. Steinbrenner Field Saturday.

The second annual two-day mini camp was packed with activities, but the most fun to be had was actually playing games on Steinbrenner field.

Three games were held there on the chilly final day of the camp and two of the three games were in doubt until the end.

The morning game, in 52 degree temperatures, took place after more team and individual photos were shot. And it saw Gil Patterson’s Bambinos edge the David Wells led Bats, 4-3. The Bambinos’ Randi Aitken, from Bedford, New York, had three hits along with teammate, Marie Pittaluga who hails from Metuchen, New Jersey.

The second game was a last minute addition to the schedule much to the delight of the Riverdogs and Sultans who got their chance to play on the main field – the same ground – at Steinbrenner Field – that will be trod by the Yankees when the first exhibition game is played March 4th against the Phillies.

The Riverdogs beat the Sultans 6-0 in a time-limited five innings. A four run first inning did the trick for the Mike Torrez led squad that featured a roster of all new-comers to this year’s camp.

The Third and final game went to the Georgettes, 10-7, over the Bombers.

In a losing cause, Alice Belthoff, from New Milford, New Jersey, rapped out four hits. Monica Bush, the wife of Bombers manager Homer Bush, had three hits in a game that saw both teams combine for 48 hits. Nancy Kohler, a returnee from the 2011 mini camp – had a four hit game for coach Al Downing’s winners..

The guest presenters were the widows of former Yankee greats, Jim “Catfish” Hunter and Thurman Munson. Helen Hunter and Diane Munson gave warm hugs and a fresh-cut rose to each of the camp participants when their name was called by stadium public address announcer Paul Olden.

Then, after all the roses were handed out and the players took their final look at Steinbrenner Field, what in two short years has become a ritual – took place. The high-leg kick dance to the sounds of Frank Sinatra’s New York as the familiar song rang out over the field from the stadium speakers.

The goal for the 2013 mini-camp is 100 players. Are you interested? Check out the Yankees Women’s Mini Camp Facebook page for more information and maybe we’ll see you next time.

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