Written by Joe Scotchie: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00
The regular season for spring sports is winding to a close and Massapequa High School squads are heading into the home stretch in their usual winning fashion.
The mighty Massapequa Chiefs baseball squad remains on top of Conference AA-I play with an 8-1 record in league play and a 10-1 mark overall. Since losing a close one to Freeport on March 30, the Chiefs have both the offense and pitching and defense in gear. In recent action, they have taken two straight from Syosset, and three straight from conference rivals Baldwin. Ryan McCormick, Jon Mulford, and Rob Fitzpatrick have hurled winning games from the mound with Mulford allowing only one run on five hits in the 4-1 April 24 win over Baldwin.
Hitting stars for the high-powered Chiefs offense have been Matt Helford, Frank Portaro, Nick Comito and James Ott. Ott had three hits in the April 19 win over Syosset; Comito went three-for-three in the 7-2 April 23 win over Baldwin, while Portaro had two runs batted in during Mulford’s 4-1 triumph. Finally, Matt Helford had the big hit that broke open the 9-8 April 27 win over Baldwin.
The Chiefs will close the regular season with three games against Farmingdale on May 7, 8 and 9. Then it’s on to the playoffs.
The boys lacrosse team also sits on top of league play with, as of press time, a 6-0 record in Conference I play and a 9-1 record overall. The Chiefs have won nine straight, most recently a 10-6 win over Farmingdale. Brandon Savona, Dan Muller, Ian Kirby, Paul Bentz, Craig Berge, Ryan Kirby, Jack Korber, Jimmy Byrns are among the many offensive stars for the Chiefs, while Joe Danaher has been the lacrosse version of Henrik Lundqvist in the goal.
The Chiefs close the season with a May 8 road game at Baldwin and a May 10 home contest versus MacArthur.
Meanwhile, the girls softball team has lost two close contests to Carey and MacArthur High Schools, while scoring a big 13-1 win over Mepham on April 24. Renee Vaiano was the star of the win over Mepham, pitching a two-hitter with six strikeouts. Erin Moran, Emily Gaeta, Kim Giurlando and Renee Vaiano have been hitting stars in the Lady Chiefs four-game winning streak in mid-to-late April. Massapequa will host Long Beach on May 8 in the season finale.