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Comets Conquer Massapequa

Matthew Riley

shines in close game

The Hicksville Comets had been there before. They found themselves in another close game, this time against the Massapequa Chiefs.

Down a run and with two outs, the Chiefs had the bases loaded as Comets senior Michael Riley was vying for a complete game.

Up stepped Griffin Sullivan, looking to add to his two RBI’s. However, this time Riley was able to get out of the jam unscathed with a ground ball as the Comets won 3-2.

“I knew I had to get that guy. I knew I couldn’t give him anything too good to hit. I had to really locate my spots and make the right pitches. That was it and I ended up getting him,” said Riley after the game.

It wasn’t just Riley’s arm that helped lift the Comets to victory. His bat and legs were equally crucial.

With the Comets down a run entering the fourth inning, they eventually loaded the bases on Chiefs pitcher Alex Cosenza, who threw six innings. Riley hit what looked to be an inning ending double play, but was able to beat out the throw, allowing a runner to score and keep the inning alive.

It was the smart base running that allowed the Comets to gain the advantage. Riley drew a pickoff attempt and was able to avoid getting tagged just long enough for the runner from third to cross the plate.

“That was planned to bring the runner in from third to score,” said Riley.

Head coach Frank Ciaramitaro added, “Those are things we practice. But you can’t really coach the innate ability to do what Matthew did, which he stayed in that run down. He was able to kind of go back to first, which allowed the winning run to score.”

“I take my hat off, he’s a five tool player,” Ciaramitaro continued.   

It has been the experience in those close games that aided Hicksville in pulling out a tight one over Massapequa.

“We’ve been in a lot of close games, a lot of one run games and I think because we’ve dealt with adversity we’ve been able to overcome, we’re battle tested and that benefited us today,” Ciaramitaro said.

In the third inning, Massapequa took the lead. Matt Tsotras’ error opened the door for the Chiefs and Sullivan delivered with a two-run double. However, Tsotras was picked up by outfield mate Justin Mize, who threw an absolute strike from centerfield to stop Sullivan from scoring later in the inning to end the frame and limit the damage.

“The kid made a great throw at home to throw a kid [Sullivan] out at home. At that time we had a 2-1 lead. We we’re going to take that shot with two outs,” said Chiefs head coach Tom Sheedy.

“Credit to Hicksville they capitalized on their opportunities and we left one on the bases at the end.”

News

Bullying is a serious problem in today’s society and the controversial topic was the focus at last Saturday’s  'Bully-Proof Your Child Seminar’ at East Coast MMA & Fitness Center in Hicksville. State Senator Jack Martins and Legislator Rose Marie Walker attended the program which ran in the newly renovated center on Woodbury Road.

“Bullying is a real issue in our communities and I want to thank East Coast Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness for agreeing to host this forum,” said Martins. “Teaching our kids self defense to protect themselves or to protect those around them is a great thing. We need to take every opportunity to teach our kids important life lessons.”

Old classmates reignited friendships and shared memories of their teenage years as the Hicksville High School Class of 1964 came together recently to celebrate their 50th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.

Among the attendees was Bob Cheeseman who met his wife, Lorraine (Kirwan) in middle school. They were serious throughout high school and married soon after. Bob said, “I enlisted in high school and went into the Air Force. I did 30 years active Air Force and another 15 after that. I retired in 2010 as a Brigadier General. After I retired, my wife received a certificate from the Governor of Texas and was designated a Yellow Rose of Texas.”


Sports

The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13.

“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team — we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.

It seemed to happen in an instant.

Hicksville forward Michael Osmundsen was touching the ball past Kellenburg goalkeeper Jack Abuin to slot the ball into an empty net to score the lone goal in the non-league 1-0 victory over the Firebirds.

It’s nothing short of what Comets boys soccer head coach Scott Starkey would expect. He described his forward as “very explosive, fast and he’s not just fast — he’s tenacious.”


Calendar

Community Council Meeting

October 2

Indoor Garage Sale

October 5

Movie: God’s Not Dead

October 5



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