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Playing Smart Ball Is Key For Ferlazzo

For a team to succeed it needs a player who will do the little things; for the New Hyde Park Gladiators varsity baseball team, that player is Chris Ferlazzo. 

 

Ferlazzo, a senior, is the starting second baseman and number nine hitter for the Gladiators. 

 

He is not a power hitter, but his teammates and coaches can rely on him to work the count, move the runner over and play sound defense. Ferlazzo describes himself as a contact hitter that simply looks to get on base and move the runners over, even if he has to sacrifice himself. 

 

“He is a very intelligent player,” said head coach Doug Robins. “He is one of the better bunters that we’ve had in my 15 years here.” 

 

Teams know he is going to bunt and he still beats it out, said Robins. This has contributed to Ferlazzo’s .270 batting average this season.

 

Ferlazzo certainly looks to make opposing pitchers work. 

 

“He has great plate discipline and his bread and butter is his eye,” said Robins. “He runs up the pitch count and gets on often due to walks and bunt hits.” 

 

Once he gets on base he isn’t any easier on opposing pitchers. He has successfully stolen six bases this year without getting caught stealing. 

 

This is key for the lineup, said Robins. Ferlazzo turns over the lineup.

 

“He really is our second leadoff hitter,” Robins said. 

 

Ferlazzo has been playing baseball since he was 4 years old and has always been a middle infielder. He has played in the Gladiators program since seventh grade and played at the varsity level the past two years. Being in the program for so long taught him the ins and outs of baseball and how to be a better competitor, he said. 

 

Ferlazzo is certainly a competitor as his goal for this season is to win as many games as possible and make the playoffs. 

 

“It is way more fun when we are winning,” he said. “We have to play our hardest every game and hopefully we will get wins.” 

 

As a returning senior, Ferlazzo views himself as a role model for the younger players on the team. 

 

“Its up to us [returning seniors] to make sure everyone is doing the right things, working hard everyday and no one is slacking off,” he said. “As long as everyone has the same goal, to win the game, and no one worries about their stats.” 

 

After this season he hopes to play club ball and intramurals in college. The team camaraderie is one thing he will miss after this season. 


News

 Online food market OurHarvest has recently joined forces with Mineola-based Island Harvest Food Bank, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, to help feed hungry Long Islanders over Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.

In the year it’s been open, the Space at Westbury has been host to musicians, comedians, dancers and last week, the venue opend its doors for world class boxers and their loyal fans. One of the headliners was Richie “Brazil” Neves, from New Hyde Park.

 

Winner Takes All Productions and Greg Cohen Promotions brought a night of boxing to the Space on Thursday, Nov. 13. While boxing events have come to Long Island before, this was the first of its kind to come to The Space. 


Sports

Despite a disappointing playoff loss against the Wantagh Warriors, Sewanhaka Indians Head Coach George Kasimatis, is pleased with his football team’s season. 

“I’m proud of my team,” he said. “But you are never satisfied unless you win the whole thing.”

 

The Indians faced a big challenge this year, moving up into Conference II left them as the new kids on the block, unfamiliar with the teams they would be going against. 

Kasimatis will have a tall task next year replacing graduating seniors, which made up most of his starting lineup. Kasimatis said most of the offensive line, such as Danny Gianotti, Adrian Gonzalez and Louis Segarra III, and the defensive line, such as Justin Alexandre, Peter LaTorre and Peter Militano are seniors, many of which have started multiple years for him. 

The fifth seeded Sewanhaka Indians traveled to Wantagh to take on the fourth seeded Wantagh Warriors on Friday, Nov. 7 for its opening playoff game. 

 

The Indians opened the game sluggish on offense, and were held in check throughout the first quarter. The Indians defense did its best to keep the team within striking distance, but field position form shaky special teams play, put them in a difficult position. 

 

Warriors running back Dylan Beckwith, was able to punch in a 15-yard touchdown run, to give the Warriors a one score lead after the first quarter. 


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Herricks School Board Meeting - November 20


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