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North Shore Runs All Over Mineola 11-5

Mineola baseball falls to 0-3 on the season

Talk about getting the runaround. Before they even took a turn at bat, the Mineola Mustangs found themselves in the hole early against North Shore Vikings, with the Vikings stealing bases at will. North Shore ran all day, and sped to an 11-5 win in Conference A baseball action on Tuesday, April 3. The loss drops the Mustangs to 0-3 on the year. North Shore is 2-0.

Back to back walks were all it took to get the visitors going in the first, with both runners finding themselves in scoring position on a combination of steals and throwing errors trying to prevent them. It would be a recurring theme throughout the game, and three straight hits made it 4-0 Vikings in a matter of minutes.

Mineola tried to make a game of it when the Mustangs came to the plate, as Craig Weber laced a leadoff triple to left, and scored on a Nick Cerame triple. Tommy Breslin singled home Cerame, and the North Shore lead was cut in half 4-2.

Unfortunately, Cerame couldn’t bring his bat to the mound, as the junior starter got into more trouble in the second, giving up a two-run single to Liam Joyce. That would be all for Cerame, as Anthony Riccardi came over from third to pitch in relief.

Riccardi fared a bit better on the mound, but the Vikings still ran wild on him and catcher Vinny Bieniek, leading to more runs.

“Our pitching staff doesn’t have a lot of experience, and they don’t hold runners on very well,” Mineola coach Helms Bohringer said. “We’re not giving our catcher a chance to even throw anybody out with the way we’re too slow to the plate.”

Mineola had a chance to get back in it in the third, as Pat Lynn walked the bases loaded, but outfielder Chris Ryan grounded out to end the threat.

After Riccardi left in the seventh, Breslin and John Lusardi came in to relieve, as opening week has became open auditions for Mineola pitchers, with Bohringer trying to find the right mix as the season revs up.

“I’m trying to find who wants to start and who wants to close and many of our pitchers don’t have a lot of varsity experience,” he said. “I’ve got to find starters, [but] the best these guys are giving me is two innings.”

Bohringer feels 0-3 is not the end of the world, but in baseball, it can get late pretty early, the saying goes, and the Mustangs hope to get in the win column next week, with games against Manhasset and Floral Park on the horizon.

“I was hoping to go 1-1 this week, and next week we have games I think for us are going to be good,” the coach stated. “We can’t take anybody lightly because we haven’t beaten anybody yet, so next week is huge for us.”

News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


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