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Mineola Baseball Cruises Past Great Neck North

Scott Berger’s one-hitter leads the way as Mustangs prevail 10-1

A one-hit shutout is as good a way as any to begin to climb the standings. Scott Berger starred on the mound for Mineola, as they took care of Great Neck North 10-1 in Conference A-IV/A-VI crossover action on Thursday, April 19.

The win ends a brief two-game skid for the Mustangs (3-5), as there’s little margin for error if they hope to see the post season this year.

If Berger can continue to pitch like he did last Thursday, that margin will grow wider. The sophomore kept the Great Neck hitters off balance with his breaking-pitches, striking out eight in 5 1/3 innings of work.

“His fastball’s not overpowering, but he can locate it,” Mineola manager Helms Bohringer said. “His secondary pitch is a big one for him, if he can throw that for a strike, he’ll be very successful.”

The Mustangs had their chances at the plate early, leaving four runners on base the first two innings. In the third, DH Nick Cerame’s long triple to center scored a run, and catcher Anthony Riccardi drove Cerame home with a single.

Berger received all the run support he would need in the fifth. Chris Ryan bunted for a hit, and with the defense not paying attention, Cerame scored all the way from second base on a ball that never left the infield. Ryan eventually scored on a double steal, as things quickly unraveled for the visiting Blazers.

With two outs, Tommy Breslin struck the final blow, smacking a two-run home run to make it 8-0.

The only suspense was if Berger could throw a no-hitter, but in the sixth, Kevin Polanco nubbed one in front of the plate, and Riccardi’s throw to first was a second too late, ending the gripping suspense on the mound.

“The ball didn’t even get ten feet past the catcher…tough way to lose a no-hitter,” Bohringer said.

Breslin was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s, and shortstop John Lusardi added a pair of hits and two RBI’s of his own for the Mustangs. Berger earned his first win of the year and Lusardi moved over from shortstop to finish things off on the hill.

Up next for Mineola is a three game series against Valley Stream North, who sits ahead of them in the standings.

“If we win at least two out of three, that puts us right back in the game,” Bohringer said. “We [do that], then we have to face [first place] Clarke, which would be very interesting at the end.”

News

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).

Last year, the Mineola Fire Department initiated an Adopt-A-Hydrant program to offer residents and businesses an opportunity to enhance their fire protection by providing a simple service to the village, caring for a fire hydrant. The MFD is looking for adopters once again.


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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