Written by Vinny Messana, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:42
Every once in a while you just tip your cap to the opposition. That was the type of game it was for Hicksville’s JV baseball team in their 3-0 loss to Massapequa. The starting pitcher for the Massapequa Chiefs, Patrick Clyne threw a complete game shutout, while allowing three hits, walking none and striking out four.
Clyne was forced to pitch under duress only one time and that was in the third inning with the game still scoreless. He allowed a two-out single to opposing pitcher Terrence Wong. The next two batters followed with infield hits to load the bases. He was able to make a big pitch, however, to end the threat and keep the Comets off the board.
Wong was nearly just as effective and breezed through the first three innings allowing only three singles while striking out two. He ran into trouble in the fourth, however. He allowed a leadoff single to Doug Smith, before getting the next two batters out. A wild pitch put Smith into scoring position. The following batter, Stephen Codispodo smacked a double to put the Chiefs on the board. The next batter, Justin Schirmacher, lined a single to drive in Codispodo which provided Clyne all the support he needed.
From that point on, neither team was able to muster any more offense. Hicksville did put a runner in scoring position in the sixth inning after a dropped fly ball by the center fielder, but Clyne escaped the jam by striking out Sarni.
Wong threw a very clean game, and kept his composure after the tough fourth inning. It was a very impressive outing for a 14-year-old ninth grader against the Chiefs, who are now 6-0.
“I thought he pitched real well for the most part,” said Hicksville coach Casale. “Massapequa is a team that can hit the ball, if you get behind and you have to throw a strike, they can make you pay.”
A strong point for the Comets was the defense. Wong benefitted from some strong play, especially from the infield defense who made some difficult plays appear very easy.
Casale stated that the offense struggled, but they are generally a potent lineup. They had averaged eight runs a game until this series, when they ran into upper echelon pitchers.
The game was completed in a tidy one hour and 10 minutes. The Comets moved to 5-2-1 with the loss.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.
The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.
The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.
Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:12
Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.
Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.
Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.
Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:27
The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”
Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.