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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

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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