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.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
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.