Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00
When the 2012 high school baseball season began, Great Neck South High School Varsity baseball Head Coach Ciro Ambrosio set the goal: to win a second straight countywide conference championship! And win the Rebels did 9-3 under the lights on May 23, at SUNY Farmingdale College in the countywide conference championship game against the Spartans of Elmont High School.
On a beautiful spring evening for baseball, senior starting pitcher Sam Nagelberg went 5 2/3 innings to earn the win, while seniors Matthew Hirshon and Brendon Lum both banged out three hits apiece to lead the Rebel charge. Senior Joseph Citriniti pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to earn the save. The victory capped a sterling 15-4 season for the Rebels and Coach Ambrosio, who earlier in the season earned his 100th victory as the Rebels head coach. Elmont, the Rebels chief conference rival since an earlier nine-inning thriller won by the Rebels at Elmont, finished the season with a 14-5 record. Coach Ambrosio, in the varsity awards said, “It’s a special feeling going out a champion … this one is back to back for us, and next year we go for back to back to back.”
After Nagelberg set the Spartans aside in the top half of the first inning, the offense went to work, batting around and scoring six runs. Steven Curran led off the inning with a hit and stole second. Hitting in the two-hole, Brendan Lum drove in Curran with an RBI single. Steven Farkas and Thomas Kelly both added rbi singles in the big first inning, and Matt Hirshon’s RBI single chased the Elmont starter. Nagelberg then went to work, pitching shutout baseball into the sixth inning, yielding five hits while striking out five. With two out and the bases loaded in the top of the sixth and Elmont working on a three-run rally, Coach Ambrosio summoned Joseph Citriniti from the pen. Working in relief, the senior starter immediately put out the fire, striking out Elmont’s number five-hitter to end the Spartan rally. Earning the save and sealing the Rebel victory, Citriniti pitched a scoreless seventh, pumping his fist as he struck out the final Spartan batter while the excited Rebels rushed the mound.
Senior Daniel Schwartz led the conference in hitting, and was named All County. Brendan Lum was named All League. In addition to Schwartz and Lum, the seniors who played their last game for the Rebels were: Joseph Citriniti, Steven Curran, Jacob Erlich, Jordan Grossman, Matthew Hirshon, Samuel Nagelberg, Harrison Pravder and Brian Renta.
A special thanks from all the players and parents for Head Coach Ciro Ambrosio, who guided the Rebels to a second straight championship, to Assistant Coach Steven Liebertz, who is retiring this year and to graduate assistant Matthew Lemanczyk, who came on board this year, for all their dedication to the team.