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Rotation Aims To Lean On Lefties

Garden City baseball

reloads with pitching

Pitching wins championships, and Garden City baseball Head Coach Rich Smith is confident that his team has enough of it to make a run in 2014. He is not deterred by losing 11 seniors, many of which contributed to the team’s 15-7 season. Smith, in his 42nd year with the program, has seen almost everything on the baseball field, but noted that this team is unique in one way.

“On paper we have three lefties in the starting rotation,” said Smith. “And that’s something I’ve never had here,” he added. The trio of southpaws could prove to be nightmarish on the conference, even after its new alignment.

Smith stated that the addition of Carey and Bellmore enhances the conference so much, that it “might even be the toughest conference around.” Both of the schools dropped down to class-A due to enrollment changes. That certainly provides a challenge to the conference, but it could also bring out the best in the Trojans.

“Our pitching staff is definitely our strength,” said Smith. The aforementioned rotation will consist of all seniors. Leading the pack will be Dave Butler, a third year player on the squad. He was an All-Conference player last year—the only returning one—who compiled an undefeated record of 3-0 with 34 strikeouts, more than one per inning. He will be joined by Brian LoRusso, who went 2-1 and was extremely stingy in terms of yielding runs. He allowed only one run in his 11 innings of work. Obviously, a small sample size of data but it is clear hitters do not enjoy squaring off against him. Finally, Matt Rogers will round out the rotation. Smith stated that he didn’t compile many innings last year in his senior-laden staff, but has what it takes to get outs.

On the offensive side of the ball, Nick Sampong will be the shortstop, and the team will be relying on his leadership. Joining him on the left side of the infield will be Tom Zwicke, who batted .347 last season. At second base will be John Cauchi, who batted a robust .373. That is the type of offense that can lead a team into the postseason and provide an imposing bat in the lineup. The team will also be looking for Rich Matton to step up, who was the biggest contributor on the JV team last season. The outfield will be the strength of the defense, and Smith noted that it will feature some great athletes.

Garden City is a proud program that has seen recent graduates star at their respective colleges, such as Jimmy Duff, a 6’6” junior who could potentially be selected in this year’s MLB amateur draft. Also, they’ve had players actually get drafted such as Rob Finneran, who was drafted in the 37th round out of Bentley University and Matt Daley, who was originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies back in 2004 and pitched relief for the New York Yankees last season after getting signed by the team in 2011.

The Garden City Trojans open up its season on March 24 against New Hyde Park.

News

North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute (CNI) recently announced that Garden City resident Richard E. Temes, MD, MS, has been appointed director of the Center for Neurocritical Care at North Shore University Hospital and assistant professor of neurology, neurological surgery and internal medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

“Dr. Temes is a nationally recognized leader in neurocritical care and we are delighted to have him on board to spearhead our efforts in further expanding the neurocritical care services program,” said Raj K. Narayan, MD, chair of neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center and CNI’s director. For the past seven years, Dr. Temes served as director of the neurocritical care program he founded at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. He also served as the hospital’s medical director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and as director of the Therapeutic Hypothermia Service. Under Dr. Temes’ leadership, he established Rush’s neurological emergencies transfer center, which grew to transfer 1,200 patients annually from over 30 institutions throughout southern Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and western Michigan.

‘Landscape-altering’ bug creeping north

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of the Island designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

Garden City falls to Brentwood

after beating Farmingdale

The Farmingdale Baseball League recently capped off its fourth annual 9/11 baseball tournament with a series of championship games, to ultimately determine which Long Island town reigns supreme. On Aug. 16, teams from 8U to 14U fought tooth and nail for the ultimate prize.

One of the most exciting games was the evening 14U championship match-up between the Garden City Warriors and Brentwood Braves.

Fall Roller Hockey Programs Announced

The Garden City Recreation and Parks Department will once again offer various roller hockey programs this fall for both youth & adults who reside in the Inc. Village of Garden City. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park. Please note at this time, the recreation department is just announcing its programs. Fees and registration information will be announced at a later date.

This season, the roller hockey programs are broken down into grades. Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed:


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