>> Former CYO Player’s Homer
Josh Palacios, a Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder who was a CYO basketball player at St. Thomas Aquinas, Flatlands, hit his first Major League home run on June 2 against the San Francisco Giants. His younger brother, Richie, is recently played in the Cleveland Guardians organization.
> CYO Girls’ Volleyball Champs
The Catholic Youth Organization of Brooklyn and Queens crowned its diocesan girls’ volleyball champions, with the following teams emerging victorious.
Pee Wee: St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor, White
Novice: St. Helen, Howard Beach, Red
Bantam: Resurrection Ascension, Rego Park, Blue
Rookie: St. Stan’s, Ozone Park, Blue
Intermediate: St. Mary Gate of Heaven, Ozone Park, Team 1
Tyro: St. Andrew Avellino, Flushing, Gold
Junior: Sacred Heart, Glendale, White
>> MLB Debut
After spending three seasons with the St. John’s University, Jamaica, baseball team, left-handed pitcher Joe LaSorsa recently made his Major League debut with the Tampa Bay Rays.
He became the 11th St. John’s player since 2005 to reach the big leagues. As a junior, he recorded a 1.66 ERA while limiting opposing batters to a .199 average.