Little leaguers, clowns among opponents for Cyclones' staff

NEW YORK -- Let's play two. No, better yet, let's play 13!

The staff of the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team
played for 24 hours nonstop over the weekend, battling little
leaguers, circus clowns and waiters, among others, and raising
$2,500 for local food pantries.

The team, which included its general manager and assistant
general manager and personnel from ticket sales, media relations,
graphics and other departments, played 13 other teams at KeySpan
Park in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn.

The first pitch was thrown at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and the last
out was made about 4:45 p.m. Sunday.

Assistant General Manager Kevin Mahoney, who served as starting
pitcher, threw straight for five and a half games, or 11 hours, the
team said. He came out in the third inning of the 2 a.m. game --
with a pitch count of 500.

The team won 10 games and lost three. Opponents included staff
from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's office; circus
clowns from King Henry Entertainment; waiters, cooks and bus boys
from Gargiulo's Restaurant; and even Cyclones fans.