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Mineola Hurricanes News

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.

Two runs in the top of the second helped the Hurricanes close its deficit to 5-4. A fielder’s choice set off the Hurricanes rally. Finally, Jack got McManus to ground out to end the threat.

 

The Saints added four more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Nick kicked things off with a double, bringing home Aidan, Ryan and Nicky.

 

Four runs in the top of the sixth helped the Hurricanes close its deficit to 9-8. An RBI single by Phil Macchietto, a two-run single by Andrew Pizzardi, and a fielder’s choice fueled the Hurricanes’ comeback. Jake got Dominick Ferreira to strike out to end the game.

 

Pizzardi went 3-for-3 at the plate for the Hurricanes. He singled in the second, fourth, and sixth innings. Jake got the win in relief for St. Joseph’s Saints. Jake pitched one inning and allowed no runs.

 

St. Joseph’s Saints was sparked by Nick and Jonathan, who teamed up for five hits and five RBIs. Macchietto took the loss for Mineola Hurricanes. He lasted just three innings, walked one, struck out one, and allowed four runs.

 

Hurricanes Lose By Two

The Mineola Hurricanes came out firing, but couldn’t hang on to the lead, ending up on the losing side of a 7-5 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in game two of the double header.

 

In the bottom of the first, the Hurricanes got things going when T.J. McManus singled. A stolen base then moved McManus from first to second. Kevin Pusey singled, plating McManus. Pusey scored on a ground out by Blake Bastos to jump out to an early 2-0 lead.

 

The Saints took the lead in the third inning when Nick doubled to centerfield plating Jonathan B and then scoring on a throwing error to go up 3-2.

 

The Hurricanes survived the Saints’ surge and put up three runs of its own in the third. Mineola Hurricanes scored on a three-run home run by Pusey to go ahead 5-3. The Saints got two runs in the sixth to tie the game with an RBI Triple by Derek and an RBI Single by Jack.

 

In the top of the seventh, the Saints, Nicky and Ryan, scored on a two-run error to pad their lead. Kevin Pusey racked up four RBIs on two hits for the Hurricanes. He singled in the first inning and homered in the third inning. John got the win in relief for St. Joseph’s Saints. John pitched four innings and allowed no runs.


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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