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Big Red Sports: May 28, 2010

Glen Cove Baseball Secured Seventh Seed

The Glen Cove baseball team wrapped up its regular season in impressive fashion by sweeping Bethpage to lock up the seventh seed in the Nassau County Class A playoffs.

In a week where the Big Red pounded out hits at a staggering rate, Glen Cove swept its second series in a row to carry their sizzling bats into the playoffs. Being a preseason number 10 seed, the Big Red fought all year long to prove to everyone that they didn’t belong as the bottom seed in the power conference. Glen Cove finishes the regular season with a record of 7-11. For many, 7-11 doesn’t conjure up feelings of success, but for those who know the tenets of ability grouping, Glen Cove most certainly had a very successful regular season competing against the elite in Nassau County.

On Monday, May 10, Glen Cove took the second game of the series from New Hyde Park, winning in convincing fashion, 11-6. Peter Cappiello pitched allowing five hits and five earned runs with 10 strikeouts for Glen Cove in Conference A-I. Kevin Martinez capped a five-run third inning with a two-RBI single to make it 8-4. Chris Theodorou went 2-for-4. Richie Maccarone, getting the last licks out his favorite bat before the knob broke, launched his fifth homerun of the season to put the game away.

Tuesday brought the same result to the team as they handled Bethpage, 11-6. Michael Iannetta singled in Peter Cappiello to give Glen Cove (6-11) a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning in A-I. Cappiello went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and John Bellock was 2-for-3 with two runs and a stolen base. Sophomore Bobby MacDonald allowed nine hits and struck out two in a complete game to earn his first varsity win. Bobby going the distance is huge for our team. It shows that his stamina is improving as well as his ability to keep his pitches working that late in the game. Thursday was the day that the baseball team launched itself into a different dimension. It’s a dimension that Glen Cove is all too familiar with because they were usually on the other side of it. Glen Cove overcame the late game heroics of the other team to stage its own to battle back in the 7th inning to pull out an exciting win. It was a see-saw battle all game long. Our players have finally learned that the game isn’t over until the 21st out is recorded. Matteo Gaudio tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a double that plated two runs. Michael Iannetta then drove him in for the game winner with a single to turn a three run deficit into a one-run victory by the score of 6-5.