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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

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.

 

The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

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Million Dollar Baby - July 29


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