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This season, Port's baseball Vikings will be playing in Conference AIV. They will play three games against each of the other conference members, Lawrence, Herricks and Elmont. In addition, Port will also play two cross-over games with Conference AII teams, Syosset, East Meadow, Hicksville, and Baldwin, for a total of 17 games. Coach Joe DelGais will field a team consisting of eight seniors and one junior. All veterans from last year's squad. Port's goal of reaching the play-offs is within reach. Pitching will be the key to Port's success this season; only Brandon Kurz and Luis Herandez are seasoned starters. Having to play three games a week, Port will have to come up with another dependable starter and a solid reliever. Rob Capella, Mike Katz and Aaron Shkuda are the primary candidates. The Vikings appear solid in the outfield, with Eric Knight in left, Jim Cosolito in center and Andy Beilensen on sight. Kalvin Clamico will handle the catching chores. Last season the Vikings were 6-12.

The Vikings have no games scheduled for this week and will resume league play on Tuesday, April 21, against Hicksville at home (4 p.m.). On April 22, they travel to Hicksville for a 4:30 game. (see schedule elsewhere).

To bring the season up to date, Port is currently (0-2) league and (1-2) overall. Earlier in the season, Port defeated Wheatley 5-0 in a non-league tune-up. Kurz hurled a complete game with 10Ks to notch his first win. Mike Katz went 2-3 to lead the offense. The Vikings opened their regular '98 baseball season last week with two losses to Syosset. In the first game, Syosset defeated Port handily 15-3 on Port's home field. Syosset's ace Kevin Mannix tossed a neat 5-hitter, hit two home runs and a double and struck out 10 Port batters. Rob Capella led Port's offense with a triple and RBI double. Luis Hernandez took the loss for Port. Hernandez gave up eight runs on eight hits before giving way to Aaron Shkuda who pitched the last two innings.

On the following day, Port traveled to Syosset for the back end of a home and away series. This time it was Port's ace Brandon Kurz who held the upper hand with superb pitching. Kurz yielded just three hits, however, two unearned runs by Syosset and a bases empty home run by K. Mannix, in the bottom of the sixth inning, his third in two days sent Port home with a disheartening 3-2 loss. Port scored first in the second inning on singles by Katz and Knight followed by a sacrifice fly by Clamico. Syosset took the lead with two unearned runs in the fourth. Port rallied to tie the game in the top of the fifth when Capella singled to score Bicchetti who had reached base on a Syosset error. Two Port rallies were killed in the fifth and sixth innings by poor base running. Katz got two of Port's four kits. Kurz pitched a complete game and recorded seven Ks.

April 21 Hicksville H 4:00 p.m.
April 22 Hicksville A 4:30 p.m.
April 24 E. Meadow H 4:00 p.m.
April 28 E. Meadow A 4:30 p.m.
April 29 Baldwin H 4:15 p.m.
May 1 Baldwin A 4:30 p.m.
May 5 Lawrence A 4:30 p.m.
May 6 Lawrence H 4:00 p.m.
May 8 Lawrence A 4:30 p.m.
May 12 Herricks A 4:30 p.m.
May 13 Herricks H 4:30 p.m.
May 15 Herricks A 4:30 p.m.
May 18 Elmont H 4:30 p.m.
May 19 Elmont A 4:15 p.m.
May 20 Elmont H 4:30 p.m.




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