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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

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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