Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00
All school athletic programs deal with losing star seniors, when high school graduation rolls around. And each season, they rebuild in the hope of rebuilding the team to its former glory.
This couldn’t be truer for the Farmingdale boys baseball team, which will be forced to rebuild its program after 16 seniors graduated, last season. That group finished with a 10-8 record last season and qualified for a playoff berth as the No. 10 seed before being eliminated by Syosset with an excruciating 1-0 loss.
The Dalers starting pitcher, Anthony Galanoudis, tossed a three-hitter, but was bested by Jake Laine who tossed a two-hit shutout.
Now, the Dalers will look to their next crop of ballplayers to find their way to the top of the ultra-competitive Conference AA-1 that includes familiar foes Massapequa, Oceanside, Syosset and the recently-added Hicksville. Uniondale has left the conference, which strengthens the quality of opponents.
There is no doubt the conference is loaded with talent, but Head Coach Frank Tassielli is intrigued by his new group of ballplayers.
“Our JV team was undefeated last year and, even though it’s JV, we’re counting on some of those guys now,” said Tassielli.
One of the stars of that JV team was starting pitcher Sean Turturro, who was 7-0 on the mound. He will join a rotation led by Brian Kauffman, who compiled a 2-1 record last season with an ERA in low 2.00s, including a one-hit shutout of West Babylon.
“I see defense being our strong point right now,” said Tassielli. confident with his double-play tandem of Anthony Pentano and returning All-Conference shortstop Anthony Speelman, who batted .390 and will be counted on this year to be one of the leaders of the team. Joining Speelman on the left side of the infield will be Mike Catanzaro at third base.
Behind the plate, there will be a battle between Scott Hilbrant and James Boria, a sophomore that played on the JV squad in 2013.
Although the team lost so many seniors from last year’s playoff team, Tassielli expects there to be “upwards of six seniors” on the team, along with a “contingent of sophomores and juniors.” There’s no doubt the team will be relying on players to step up that have yet to make an impact at the varsity level, but opportunity often yields unexpected success.
The Dalers will open up their conference schedule on April 7 at Oceanside, who had their season end in the Nassau County Quarterfinals against Massapequa.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
Starting July 26, the St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church in Farmingdale will feature a production of the hit musical, The Wizard of Oz.
Based on a classic tale—first penned as a children’s novel by L. Frank Baum in 1900 and later transformed into a major motion picture by Metro-Goldwyn Meyer in 1939— The Wizard of Oz tells the story of a girl named Dorothy Gale, played by Zoe Neyer, and her dog Toto, who after being thrown into a twister end up in the Land of Oz.
Trying to find her way home, Dorothy meets Glinda the Good Witch of the North, played by Angela Roedig, who instructs her to “follow the Yellow Brick Road.”
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Farmingdale females were out in force on July 12, to represent their hometown at the 31st annual Long Island Women’s 5 kilometer run sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Bob Cook, who owns the Runner’s Edge shoe and sports apparel store on Main Street, said that attendance at this year’s race was the highest in the race’s history, with more than 500 women competing for the grand prize.
According to Cook, over the years, the race has attracted the likes of world-class runners and Olympians from all over the state, racing for the $500 grand prize.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament.
Plainedge 12 - Island Trees 2 (9UB)
Ozone Howard Huskies 14 - Wantagh Hawks 1 (9UA)
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
The Farmingale Devils Travel Baseball teams were in action during The 4th of July weekend and provided fireworks in two different states.
The 11U Devils won their third tournament this year. They traveled to Connecticut for the fourth of July tournament. The Devils lost game one on Saturday 7-5 to the Connecticut Defenders and won game two 17-0,The Devils advanced to the playoff round and would meet the Defenders again .The bats were on fire all day led by Big Joe Mcgrath and Nick Franco.The Devils beat the Defenders 11-5 and advanced to the championship to play the number one seed and undefeated Hit Club. The Devils jumped out to 4-2 to lead .The game was tied at 9-9 going to the 6th inning and the Devils would score 2 runs and hold on to win the tournament. The Devils had 52 hits and scored 44 runs,Big Joe had 4 doubles a triple, Nick Franco had 8 hits. Anthony Quatromani 8hits.Matt DiSanti drove in the last run in the championship game. Tim Dorman 6 hits. Patrick Quinn 5 hits and 6 stolen bases. Nick O'Connor 3 hits and 4 stolen bases. Kyle Gaertner 6 hits and was winner pitcher in championship game. Patrick Sanchez was the winning pitcher in semi-final game.