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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

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.

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.


Sports

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.

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.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

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