For the tenth time in the past 13 years the MacArthur Generals Varsity Baseball team has won their league championship. This particular season the Generals were placed in Nassau County's toughest league, League AA4. This league included perennial powers Calhoun and Mepham. MacArthur played both of these teams in three game series during the year. In both cases the Generals took two of the three games. In the opening game of the Mepham series the Generals were defeated 7-5, putting their backs against the wall. They needed to respond by winning the next two games if they hoped to win the league title. MacArthur ended up doing just that. Behind strong pitching by Rob Vitale and Anthony Vecchione the Generals swept the next two games against Mepham, setting up a conference showdown with the Colts of Calhoun. Both teams entered the series with identical records of nine wins and two losses. The winner of this series would all but lock up the conference and earn a high seed in the Nassau County Playoffs. The first game matched up two of Nassau's best pitchers, Chris Weidlein of Calhoun and MacArthur's ace, Joe Culen. Both young men pitched outstanding baseball as the Generals won by a score of 3-0. Sophomore Steve McQuail drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Joe only allowed three hits as he pitched the complete game shutout. The next day Calhoun rebounded to win a wild, high scoring game by a tally of 11-8. Again, MacArthur faced a must-win game in the final game of the series. And again, the Generals responded like champs. Rob Vitale took the mound for MacArthur and held Calhoun to one run through the first six innings. Meanwhile the Generals were compiling five runs, keyed by RBI singles from the bats of Dave Ferruzzo and Joe Culen. The Colts made things interesting by scoring two in the seventh inning before Joe Culen entered the game in relief and struck out the final batter with the tying runs on base. This 5-3 win gave the Generals a league record of 11 wins and three losses and a virtual lock on first place in the league. The following Monday the Generals defeated Bellmore JFK and clinched the championship.
In the playoffs MacArthur drew first seeded and eventual County Champions East Meadow in the first round. Led again by Joe Culen on the mound MacArthur defeated East Meadow by a score of 3-2. Joe allowed only three hits in the win. Anthony Vecchione, Steve McQuail, and Mickey Cohen had RBI hits for MacArthur in the victory. In the second round of the playoffs MacArthur hosted Valley Stream Central. The Eagles took a 5-1 lead into the sixth inning when the Generals offense woke up. MacArthur scored six runs in the inning to take a 7-5 lead. The inning began with consecutive hits by Anthony Vecchione, Steve McQuail, Mickey Cohen, and Jake Rosenthal. Anthony Vecchione was also the winning pitcher in this game and Rob Vitale earned the save. Now it was back to East Meadow with the Generals looking to go to the Nassau County Championships for the seventh time in the last 13 years. East Meadow would win these very close games and earn the spot in the finals, but the Generals fought as they had all year long. In the semi-final game senior shortstop and team captain Mike Gerdes had three hits for MacArthur. Sophomore third baseman Dan McDermott also had three hits, as he batted .462 in the playoffs.
Overall it was a very successful year for MacArthur baseball. Many players earned individual honors. Lou Cesario, Mickey Cohen, and Vin Candia were named Honorable Mention All-League. Rob Vitale earned All-League honors. Anthony Vecchione and Steve McQuail were awarded All-Conference. Mike Gerdes and Joe Culen were voted All-County. Additionally, Joe Culen was named League MVP. Tremendous leadership was demonstrated by all of the seniors on the team, John Anarumo, Steve Belmonte, Vin Candia, Lou Cesario, Mickey Cohen, Joe Culen, Justin Dickinson, Mike Gerdes, Eric Juergens, Pat Kelley, Lou Pirillo, and Anthony Vecchione. The future of MacArthur baseball is very bright as the varsity returns 13 players and the Junior Varsity won 16 games while losing four, while the freshman team won 14 while losing four.