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Farmingdale Baseball Looks To Rebuild

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. 

News

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

 

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647—or 8.8 percent. 

Village officials have teamed up with James Faith Entertainment—founders of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue—to organize Farmingdale’s first ever two-day music festival, this September 13 and 14. 

 

“Farmingdale is another town that is starting to move forward,” festival producer Jim Faith told the Farmingdale Observer, last May. “[The inaugural festival] will be small, but we’ll start growing it... music festival always take a few years to catch on.” 

 

Faith said that when he first started the Great South Bay Music Festival, back in 2007, it too started small, growing little by little each year. For its inaugural year, Faith booked folk musician Richie

Havens to headline the event. Now, more than eight years later, the festival has featured numerous big name musicians, including: the Doobie Brothers, WAR, Billy Squier, Taking Back Sunday, moe., and Blues legend B.B. King, to name a few. 


Sports

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 

After more than a month of group play, on Aug. 16, fourteen teams went head-to-head for a shot at the 2014 Farmingdale Baseball League’s 9/11 Tournament Championship. Here are some highlights from Saturday’s championships. 

 

8U Finals

Long Island Rangers 8 - Farmingdale Greendogs 9


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