Friday, 23 April 2010 00:00
By Coach Carmine Rotolo
He has been the workhorse of the pitching staff for the past three years. Every game he pitches seems to possess a playoff-like atmosphere. And this week was no different. Peter Cappiello pitched another splendid game for the Big Red as Glen Cove notched a milestone victory over Clarke, the defending Long Island champions, 3-2, in 8 innings. This win is not only huge for our program; it’s just as big for the senior class. It is the first victory against the powerhouse team since Cappiello and the other five seniors on the squad arrived at Glen Cove High School. This was the series that those seniors circled on their calendars. They wanted to know if our team had what it took to beat the perennial Nassau champs. The answer finally arrived. Cappiello struck out 10, allowed one walk, two runs and 4 hits. Senior Richie Maccarone continued to mash the ball by roping a triple to the deepest part of right field. That ball would have cleared the fence if it wasn’t for the prevailing winds. The speedy shortstop legged out an infield hit and also stole two bases. He finished the day going 2-3. Sophomore Chris Theodoro, who was a late addition to the varsity roster after an impressive spring training, went 2-3 with two hard hit singles. Chris’s first varsity at-bat in Florida was against a kid that was throwing heat. After he ripped a single into centerfield, the coaching staff knew that this kid was ready to contribute on the varsity level. And contribute is what the whole team has done early on in the season. After only getting three hits against Wantagh, Glen Cove has turned it up a bit. The Covers pounded out seven hits against Clarke’s number one pitcher. Everyone contributes in their own way to this team. We want guys that feel compelled to play team baseball and will do anything to help our team win ballgames.
This win comes after losses to Wantagh and Clarke. Cappiello had a superb outing against Wantagh last week in which Glen Cove lost 3-0. Peter pitched a three hitter in that game. We had a tough time picking up the ball against Wantagh’s number one. The Wantagh pitcher most certainly has to be considered one of the top pitchers in our league. He hid the ball very well during his delivery which really had our guys off balance. Every single game that Peter pitches in, he goes against another top pitcher in the county. There is no doubt that pitching three and four hitters like Peter consistently does and taking a loss for the effort is mentally taxing. Peter takes it all in stride. He knows what’s at stake and he’s always ready to take on the cream of the crop.
Sophomore Kevin Martinez got his first taste of varsity baseball as he took the mound against Clarke on Friday, April 9th. He was faced with the mammoth task of quieting the bats of a Clarke team that just came off a 14 run output against Division. If you had heard that the game started off with a two-run homer in the first, you probably would think the game turned into a blowout. Give all the credit to Kevin Martinez who hung in tough after getting rudely introduced to life not only at the varsity level, but at the top level of competition. This kid showed poise. He showed that he belonged at this level. The only thing missing is the experience factor and that will come with innings. He got ahead, but unfortunately he couldn’t spot his pitches when he was up in the count. There were five or six hits where Kevin had the batter in the hole and just couldn’t throw to a spot. Knowing that he can throw strike one and get these hitters in uncomfortable counts is a big accomplishment. This kid is only a sophomore. We will work with Kevin and teach him how to pitch in those situations. Another bright spot to our 5-0 loss to Clarke was sophomore pitcher Bobby MacDonald. Bobby came in for 2 plus innings and shut out Clarke. He gave up two hits and no one crossed the plate. Bobby looked composed out there. MacDonald also made his varsity debut on the mound. You just can’t ask for anything more out of sophomore pitchers in this situation. This is a team that scored 34 runs over its previous three games. The coaching staff is extremely proud of the work that these kids put in to make the transition to varsity seamless.
By Carmine Rotolo
How does one sum up four days that included a rally from eight runs down, a roasting of the coaches at the Laugh Factory in Magic Kingdom by Wizowski and Cappiello, a steal of home to seal a victory, roller coasters until 3 a.m., a Shaq sighting after our first victory and a 2 a.m. call from Buzz the security guard? Add on a JV player making the jump all the way to a starter on varsity because of his spring performance and you have one memorable experience.
Bringing spring break baseball back to Glen Cove was not only a hit, it was a grand slam.
Everyone benefits from an experience of this magnitiude.
One of the themes for Glen Cove Baseball this year is “doing the little things.” Even though this was a major undertaking, it is just a little piece to the bigger puzzle. Doing a plethora of little things such as a team building trip will add up to major wins in the long run. The bigger picture is moving our program forward to a place where everyone has a zest to play baseball and is fully committed to this team and our program.
Our team goals for this trip were easily achieved. First and foremost, the team connected in a way never imagined. These kids built bonds through all the interaction they had with each other. Second, the senior class finally got the opportunity to experience this event. Third, the competition was fierce. We played five games and as is the theme in Glen Cove, every game was a nail biter. Leaving Florida knowing we can compete and beat top teams from around the country will prove to be a monumental boost in our team confidence. There is no substitute for the preparation we received in Disney. As we get set to take on the best that Nassau County has to offer, we will inch closer and closer to becoming a complete team.
A big thank you goes out to Dr. Silverman. He was instrumental in securing Disney 2010. When everyone thought Disney was out of the question because we were told it was filled, Dr. Silverman stepped up. While I was looking for other venues, Dr. Silverman used his contacts to squeeze our team into Disney, a top-notch spring training location. As he has always does, Dr. Silverman went above and beyond for the student athletes of Glen Cove.
Finally, everyone had a magical time. The parents, the kids, the players and the coaches were extremely happy with the overall experience Disney provided. A grandiose thanks to the parents for all of your kind words and support for Coach Paulino and Coach Rotolo. This couldn’t have happened without your commitment to our team. Coach Paulino and Coach Rotolo appreciate all the effort and time you put in with our fundraisers and especially thank you for enduring so many meetings.