Written by Vinny Messana, email@example.com 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, 30 August 2014 00:00
Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.
There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.
Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.
It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.
Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup. I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club. This U16 team has a group of standout players led by Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.