Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00For a town with such a proud tradition of baseball excellence, the goal is always to reach the mountaintop. There is no reason to be demoralized, however, by a 1-0 season-ending defeat in the Long Island Class-AA Championship game, according to Head Coach Tom Sheedy.
“It was such a competitive game,” said Sheedy. “We had our chances, but today we didn’t come through.”
Massapequa put together a tremendous season, finishing with a 20-6 record and capturing another Nassau County title. They defeated MacArthur 7-5 in the prior week at Farmingdale State College to capture their 10th county title and first since 2009.
In the title game at Dowling College, starting pitcher Alex Cosenza allowed a run in the second inning on a RBI groundout by Kyle Pedroli, who drove in Anthony Kay. From that point on, Cosenza settled into a groove. He did not allow another runner past second base, struck out five batters, allowed only four more hits and, most impressively, walked only one batter.
Unfortunately, the Ward Melville starting pitcher, Chris Cepeda was equally effective. He was sharp with his fastball command and continuously baffled Chiefs’ hitters with his slow breaking ball. He ran into trouble in the fifth inning with runners on first and second and one out, but fielded a come backer to start a 1-6-3 inning-ending double play.
In the final inning, Frank Portaro was struck by the pitch to lead off the frame. The next batter hit a bouncing fielder’s choice to second, as did Matt Helford. Down to their final out, Pagano hit a come backer to Cepeda, who ran halfway to first before flipping it underhand to finish the game.
“We have two championship Little League teams which feed us talent,” said Sheedy. “We run a great high school program, which trickles down to the seventh and eighth grade levels.”
While some teams might deflate with such a tough loss, Massapequa looks to the future, as they will be returning a number of their impact players from this year.
Leading that group is Alex Cosenza, who will return as the ace, and leadoff hitter Bobby Honeyman who will return as the shortstop. “The seniors always step up and say ‘now it’s our turn,’” Sheedy said. “Next year we’ll have a great group of mature seniors do the same.”
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:58
These days, raising kids is rougher and tougher than ever — sometimes parents just need a break. And when that break is beaconing, both new parents and old pros look to the ever-reliable babysitter to provide a few hours respite from the many duties of caring for children.
However, parents often have a difficult time locating an honest, trustworthy and reliable babysitter in a pinch. But the Massapequa Public Library’s Babysitter Job Fair aimed to remedy this problem.
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00If there’s one thing that ever Tom, Dick, and Jane should keep a tight leash on, it’s the health of their ticker. Heart disease is one of the most prolific causes of death in the United States, and it’s a very avoidable malady provided you keep tabs on your blood pressure; it only takes moments, but just might save your life.
Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island (VNA) holds regular monthly free blood pressure screenings at the Massapequa Public Library; Marie Gilchrist, a registered nurse who runs the screenings, said that it’s just a way for VNA to give back to the people they serve each and every day.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Town of Oyster Bay will host two Saturday night prime time high school ice hockey contests this season as part of its High School Hockey Night in Oyster Bay series held at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Ice Skating Center on Stewart Avenue in Bethpage, according to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto.
Starting off the series will be the Massapequa Chiefs taking on the Syosset Braves on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. The second contest, featuring the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks and the Bethpage Golden Eagles, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m.