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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

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


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