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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

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office confirmed it’s investigating allegations made towards a Long Island Little League coach, suggesting he kept $12,000 players raised for a trip to Cooperstown.

 

Parents were outraged and children heartbroken to find the team would not be going to Cooperstown this year. They say Merillon Sharks coach Vincent Carreca, of New Hyde Park, told kids they were ready to go a few days before the trip. Then parents, who called Dreams Park in Cooperstown to confirm meal plans, learned the Sharks were not registered for the event.

 

“This is a horrible thing that happened,” one parent said, who asked not to be identified.

Shake Shack, a burger restaurant giant which launched in New York City, is looking to establish its second Long Island location in New Hyde Park, reps told the New Hyde Park Illustrated News. The company opened its first Long Island spot in Westbury in November 2012.

 

“We’ve received such a warm welcome in Westbury,” said Edwin Bragg, Shake Shack’s marketing director. “We’ve had a lot of interest from Shake Shack fans in the many nearby villages and towns.” 

 

According to Bragg, the company makes an effort to ensure each new location is tailored to the community, taking “great care to build each Shack with custom architectural design, including forward-thinking structural elements and compelling eco-friendly design.” 


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


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