These Are the Champions
By Rob Potter
SULLIVAN COUNTY — August 25, 2000 – Pictured above are the coaches
and members of the District 19 American Legion Big League Softball
All-Star team that recently captured the New York State American Legion
softball championship. Holding or standing directly behind the
championship banner, from left to right, are Lindsay Johnson, Jessica
Konefal, Jill Chetaitis, Beth Pagluighi and Adrianne Quinn. Standing
behind them, from left to right, are coach Charlie Beamer, Michelle
Danbury, coach Joe Meola, Kristie Beamer, District 19 Althletic
Director Ray Terwilliger, Amanda Irwin, manager Tony Pagluighi, Kristen
Yackel, Kristen Lempicki, Michelle Jones and Erin Jones.
The squad traveled to Lindenhurst, Long Island and defeated the
Franklin Square American Legion team twice to capture the state title.
District 19, consisting of players from four area teams — Newburgh,
New Windsor, Pine Bush and Sullivan County — knocked off Franklin
Square by a 11-7 margin in the ̃rst game and 5-3 in the second
By winning the state championship, District 19 earned the right to
compete in the Big League Softball Eastern Regionals in Waldorf, Md. In
its ̃rst game there, District 19 defeated one of the host Maryland
teams, 5-3. But on August 8, the squad was eliminated from the
tournament with two defeats. Rhode Island knocked off District 19, 7-2
and Pennsylvania shut out the local team 13-0 in a ̃ve-inning game.