Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00
The St. Dominic Bayhawks Varsity baseball players have worked hard throughout the summer and fall to make sure they are ready for another title run come spring. The senior-laden 2011 squad will once again be anchored by a strong pitching staff and an exceptional defense. Eight seniors have already signed National Letters of Intent to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level in 2012. The spring schedule will feature games against some of the top teams in the area, as well as the weekly grind of NSCHSAA league play.
The Bayhawks will once again travel to Vero Beach, FL from March 17 - 20. If any Florida Alum would like to see a game, they can call Coach Rick Garrett at 922-4888 ext 5321 for game times or check Bayhawksbaseball.com for a complete schedule.
The following seniors have already received scholarships to play college baseball in 2012:
Nick Batas, Merrick - Adelphi University; Spencer Bilello, Oyster Bay - Adelphi University; Robert Galligan, Syosset - University of Maryland; Steven Goldstien, East Meadow - Stonybrook University; Tom Grillo, Massapequa - Florida Gulf Coast University; Lou Lambros, East Meadow - Iona College; Brandon Lubrano, Mineola - Mount St Marys; Vinny Orlando, East Meadow -Mercy College; Yonah Perline, Dix Hills - Farliegh Dickerson University.
Head Coach Rick Garrett said that these kids are not just great athletes between the lines, they’re even better students. “This group has been a part of toy drives, going to Children’s Schneider’s Hospital and have been here when we do the planting of the flowers for the school,” Garrett said. “They have been great in the classroom. This is just a well-rounded group of young men and they all have great grades.”
St. Dominic HS is one of the smaller schools on Long Island, so with this number of players signing to play at the next level shows that St. Dominic has a solid baseball program, even with an enrollment of just above 500 total students. “This shows all of the other bigger schools, the bigger Catholic schools and the larger public schools, that we bring something to the table and that there is something here that can send their boys onto the next level of baseball” Coach Paul Parsolano said.
Principal Smith, who came into the school the same year that this group of seniors did, has seen the kids grow up and expected nothing less out of this group. “They are wonderful young men. They have matured in a way that would make anybody proud,” Smith said. “They’re hard working in school, good to their communities and good to their peers.”
As for the upcoming season, Father Kevin Smith summed up the expectations in one word: “Championship.”