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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

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.

JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.

Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14  at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.

Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.


Sports

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

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Saturday, November 1



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