Written by Ed Rotondo, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
The Garden City varsity baseball team wrapped up a successful season with a tough loss to Seaford in the second round of the playoffs.
With a team that was built on strong pitching, solid defense and timely hitting, the Garden City Trojans may have surprised a few teams along the way to their terrific season—one that they hoped would have lasted a little longer. But for the graduating group of seniors who formed the core of the team that has played together for many years the only surprise is that it ended so abruptly. As one of the fathers told me as we watched a game from the ‘dads section’ behind home plate, “this group goes back to their first days of lacing up their cleats and picking up a glove, they’ve been together many years—and they still really enjoy playing together. Baseball gave them a bond that will never be broken.”The seniors that will now move on to college but leave with a lot of lasting memories of playing in the maroon and white are Christian Capozzi, Cory Fallon, Mike Famiglietti, Matteo Lattanzio, Andrew Lobasso, Jack O’Brien, Alex Ostermann, TJ Pallan, Mike Perrotta, Kyle Ritchie and PJ Volz. While manager Richie Smith, along with coaches Menges and Sweeney, will have to find a way to replace the eleven graduates, there is a solid core of rising juniors and seniors that are ready to step in and take on the leadership roles that the current seniors exemplified all year. The group that will look to bring Garden City back to the playoffs next year will include David Butler, Nayeen Baksh, John Cauchi, Ryan Giacini, Nick Giannone, Zack Kolsen, Brian LoRusso, Tom Rocco, Matt Rogers, Nick Sampogne, Joe Trapasso, Steven Wald and Tom Zwicke.
Throughout the season there were many highlights including Kyle Ritchie’s masterful two-hitter against undefeated Wantagh in the first round of the playoffs, Cory Fallon’s cracking seven home runs on the year with the biggest being the three-run homer in the win against Wantagh, the consistent pitching of junior David Butler, the solid play behind the plate by PJ Volz, Ryan Giacini’s great leaping catch against Oceanside, the stellar defense on the right side of the infield with TJ Pallan and John Cauchi and the timely hitting of Christian Capozzi and Andrew Lobasso. They’re all memories that will keep the players and their families smiling throughout the off-season.
Although the Trojans ended the season with two losses against Seaford the coaches have a lot to look forward to next season.