Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs have clinched a share of the Nassau County Conference A-IV championship with Clarke High School after a 7-5 victory over Island Trees on Wednesday, May 7. Mineola is guaranteed two home playoff games—a huge advantage in the double-elimination tournament.
“It means a lot for the seniors,” said Head Coach Helms Bohringer. “A lot of the seniors—four of them—have been with me for three years. At first we only had four wins, and now we have 13. It goes to show you that if you’re going to work hard, you listen, you do the right things, then good things will happen. That’s what we try to preach around here.”
The Mustangs struggled the last two seasons, but with the maturation of their upperclassmen and vast improvement across the board, they were able to become a legitimate playoff contender and will share the conference title with Clarke, who won the title 18 of the last 19 seasons.
Senior Chris Farrell came through with the go-ahead, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the Mustangs up 6-4, a lead they would ultimately cling on to.
“[Chris Farrell] has been a tremendous asset to this program,” said Bohringer. “Not only has he been a solid baseball player defensively, but offensively he has made so much improvement. For most of the season—quite honestly—he has been DH’d for, but he never complains; he just goers about and plays the game, plays solid defense. He’s made some adjustments with the extra time in the batting cage and it’s starting to pay off.”
The offense did not get much going until late in the game. The Mustangs trailed 4-2 entering the bottom of the sixth inning. They had scored on an RBI single in the bottom of the first by Nick Iadevaio and in the fifth on an infield single by Mike Conte.
Starting pitcher Ryan Kelly lasted 3 1/3 innings. Despite allowing only one run, he had struggled with his control—walking two batters, hitting one while throwing 34 of his 63 pitches for strikes. He was relieved by Kenny Faath, who threw 1 1/3 innings, while holding the Bull Dogs scoreless.
He was relieved by James Wierczyki, who threw the sixth inning and allowed only one base runner.
In the bottom of the sixth, trailing by two runs, the Mustangs put together a rally started by Iadevaio on a single, in which he took second on an error by the center fielder. He scored on an RBI single by Matt DeMalis.
Vinny Bieniek drove a single to right center to put runners on the corners with no outs. Pinch hitter Nick Brown ripped a single to tie the game up at four.
After a sacrifice bunt and a walk, which loaded the bases, Farrell connected with a line drive to right field to put the Mustang ahead for good. They added an insurance run on a fielder’s choice.
They received a brief scare when Clarke batter Anthony Saracino drove a double to left center to cut the score to 7-5 and put the tying run in scoring position, but John Lusardi came in relief to induce an infield pop-fly and a strikeout of the Joe Piscopio to end the game.
Saturday, 23 August 2014 00:00
A few months ago, while returning to my car after attending a wake, I was surprised to catch a glimpse of something that immediately brought me back to my elementary school days. Directly in front of me stood a portion of the original concrete wall that had surrounded my alma mater.
In 1922, Corpus Christi Church purchased the Robert Graves estate on Searing Avenue and transformed its building into a parish school. It was a beautiful structure of Spanish-style architecture surrounded by the concrete wall, sporting huge ornate iron gates.
Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner last week stood fast against paying an “excessive” water bill from neighboring village and supplier Williston Park, following a loss in a second round of legal battles.
Tanner said Williston Park sent East Williston a bill for $600,000 last week based on water rate increases East Williston refused to pay while pursuing two lawsuits that contested the rate hikes.
Williston Park is seeking $300,000 in interest and penalties following a recent state Appellate Court decision upholding the second of two water rate increases imposed on East Williston. Tanner said East
Williston will only pay approximately $250,000 of the $300,000 Williston Park seeking to recover in unpaid fees based on the two increases.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Mineola runners PJ Diskin, Kaitlin Phelps, and Yuri Karasz were award winners in the Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
The Mineola 9U Hurricanes recently completed its summer baseball season as the NJBL 9U Central Division Champions, finishing 10-2-1 on the year and secured a second place spot entering the playoffs.
The Hurricanes beat the North Shore Spartans for the fourth time this season in a playoff win in walk-off fashion as they came from behind to win 4-3 earning the Hurricanes a berth into the championship series.