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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.

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The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


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Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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