Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 14 May 2010 00:00
As the spring sports season heads into its final stretch, the Massapequa High School boys’ baseball squad, long a Nassau County powerhouse, has been playing just a notch above .500, while the boys’ volleyball team is going through an undefeated season.
In the past week, the volleyball team topped Uniondale, Herricks, Oceanside and East Meadow by identical 3-0 scores. During the last week in April, the Chiefs defeated Plainview JFK by a 3-1 score and Long Beach, also by 3-0.
Earlier, in April, Massapequa won the Plainview JFK Tournament, defeating Port Washington, 2-0 in the finale. Christopher Husmann was named tournament MVP and Christian Smith was selected to the All-Tournament team. Another Massapequa Smith, Brian, has been a top scorer throughout the Chiefs’ undefeated run. In the win over East Meadow, Brian had 10 kills and 15 assists. He had even a better game in the April 27 win over Long Beach, scoring 26 assists and nine kills. Husmann was the star of the Herricks win, with 10 kills, two blocks and two aces, while in the win over Uniondale, Christian Smith had nine kills and five aces.
The Chiefs close out the regular season with a road game at Syosset on May 17. On May 14, they entertain Port Washington for a home game. All games, home and away, begin at 5:00 p.m.
Going into the last week of the regular season, the Massapequa boys’ baseball squad, as of press time, had an 9-8 record, going 8-8, so far, in conference play. In baseball, of course, pitching is everything, including the high school level. And that has certainly been the case with the Chiefs this year.
Massapequa’s record reflects the uneven performance turned in by its hurlers. On May 5, for instance, the Chiefs topped MacArthur for a 3-2 road win. A day earlier, however, Massapequa lost a 9-7 home game to that same MacArthur squad. Likewise, on April 28, Massapequa scored an easy 8-1 home win over Baldwin. The next day, Bellmore JFK took a 14-5 victory over the Chiefs. In the past week, the Chiefs bounced back to go above .500, defeating Mepham on two occasions, 13-8 and 11-2.
In their recent wins, Andrew Alesi was the pitching star in the MacArthur victory, while Brian Radigan drove in the winning runs. In the 8-1 win over Baldwin, Dan Arato struck out four and allowed only three hits in six innings of stellar pitching. The offense was paced by veteran star, Rob Veltre. The April 27 6-5 win over Bellmore JFK came in dramatic fashion. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, left fielder Paul Tarantino threw out a Bellmore runner at home to preserve the one-run victory. In the sweep of the Mepham series, Kevin Flecker, Chris Collins, Zach Rose, and Rob Veltre were the hitting stars. All four had three hits in the May 10, 13-8 win, while Flecker had a home run and four RBIs in the 11-2 home win. And so, Massapequa’s big bats are now in gear as the playoff season is near.