Cougars Repeat as Champs with Sweep

05/27/2014, 2:15am EDT
By Jeff Noreman (photos by Jeff Noreman)

SJB Junior Patrick Lagravinese went 2-for-2, drove in two, and extinguished a rally from the mound.

SJB Junior Patrick Lagravinese went 2-for-2, drove in two, and extinguished a rally from the mound.

Last year, the St. John the Baptist Cougars had a senior-laden baseball team, carrying 14 twelfth-graders on the roster. This year, there were three. Despite the change of faces, Coach John Habyan practiced with the same intensity. They started winning more consistently towards the end of the year, earning the third-place seed in the Nassau Suffolk Catholic High School Athletic Athletic Association. And from this spot, they again swept the top seeded team to earn the first back-to-back championship since 1998.

The Cougars bested the Chaminade Flyers 4-1, sweeping the best-of-three series this afternoon at Farmingdale State College. They scored two runs in each of the first two innings, and their defense and pitching made that hold up. Frank DeMaio started and pitched into the fourth, and that lead was held by the bullpen. After Peter McQuade, shortstop Patrick Lagravinese took the hill and got out of a two-out bases loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth, and fellow junior Andrew Mundy kept Chaminade off the board with a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh.

 

SJB Senior pitcher Patrick DeMaio

SJB Senior pitcher Patrick DeMaio

“Frankie’s just a heart and soul guy,” said Habyan. “He pitched a huge game for us last year. He’s been a jack-of-all trades. He’s the kind of guy where you think you’ve got him on the ropes, but he digs down and gets out of it. As usual, he did the job that we needed.”

“This isn’t the same group as we had in the beginning of the year,” is how Habyan described his team. “I won’t even say they got hot. They got better, and this is well deserved.”

The defending champs bunched together their six hits and made the most of them.

“Everyone started recognizing the pitches, and they were throwing down the middle,” according to Lagravinese. “Everyone was being aggressive, getting after pitches early (in the count). I was just sitting on fastball,” he said of his second inning two RBI double. Those two runs, in addition to the two SJB plated in the first inning were enough more than enough to earn the victory.

SJB designated hitter Dylan Boyle.

SJB designated hitter Dylan Boyle.

For the day, Lagravinese was 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and two runs batted in. The designated hitter Dylan Boyle started the Cougar’s scoring in the first inning with an RBI triple, and did so with great presence of mind.

“That was for my grandma, right there,” explained Boyle. “She passed away yesterday. This one’s for her.”

Pictures of both teams from this event are available here…

St. John the Baptist Cougars revel in their 2014 Championship.

St. John the Baptist Cougars revel in their 2014 Championship.

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Cougars Best Bayhawks, Move on to Championship

05/21/2014, 3:15pm EDT
By Jeff Noreman (photos by Jeff Noreman)

 

SJB pitcher Andrew Mundy

SJB pitcher Andrew Mundy

The spectre of facing the St. Dominic Bayhawks steamroller in the Catholic League Playoffs did not phase the Cougar baseball team from St. John the Baptist. After all, SJB has a storied record of accomplishment and are last year’s defending champions. Although St. Dominic won 14 of their first 16 games, they did lose their final two regular season games. The steamroller had seemed to slow.

The Cougars completed their two-game sweep of the Bayhawks with a 3-2 win at Farmingdale State College yesterday. Unlike game one, this matchup was a back-and-forth affair. Both starters, Andrew Mundy for the Cougars and Reiss Knehr for the Bayhawks pitched well and deep into the game. SJB’s bottom of the sixth inning was the difference.

 

SJB outfielder Kevin Dolan watches his sixth inning triple hit the wall.

SJB outfielder Kevin Dolan watches his sixth inning triple hit the wall.

The Cougars third baseman Andrew Ferrante drew a leadoff walk. After a strikeout and a flyout to left, centerfielder Kevin Dolan drove a ball to the fence in straightaway center for a triple, scoring Ferrante and tying the game at 2 runs apiece.

“I was looking for a first-pitch fastball, I got it right down the middle,” said Dolan. “I just took it and knew right off the bat it was a hit. I got on my horse and took off. I knew I was going for three. I wasn’t stopping.”

Dolan’s admitted biggest hit of the year was followed up by an RBI single by designated hitter Dylan Boyle, and that run proved to be the game winner. After seeing two curveballs, Boyle was prepared for a third, which he pulled into leftfield.

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SJB designated hitter Dylan Boyle drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth.

“I’ve got pretty quick hands, so I got one through the zone, and I put it over the shortstop,” explained Boyle.

“I’m really happy for these kids,” stated SJB Head Baseball Coach John Habyan. “They worked really hard all year. They’ve gotten better and better as the year has gone on. And this was a good win.

“It’s just one of those games… a lot of seeing-eye hits, and a lot of calls going our way. These kids battled through it. My pitcher gave me a gutsy performance, and just huge hits. Dylan Boyle with a two-out hit, and Kevin Dolan, my nine-hitter, hits a bases-clearing triple, that’s the type of stuff you need. You need the good players to be there, and you need the unexpected heroes.”

SJB starting pitcher Andrew Mundy went all the way, scattering nine hits over seven innings while allowing just two earned runs.

The Cougars will face the Chaminade Flyers at Farmingdale State College in the NSCHSAA Championship Series. It begins on Sunday, May 25 at 2:00pm.

Pictures of both teams from this event are available here…

St. John the Baptist Cougars celebrate their playoff win

St. John the Baptist Cougars celebrate their playoff win

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BPM-USA-AD2014-3_largeThe 2014 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) will consist of five separate age groups — 17U, 16U, 14U, 13U and 11U. The program will once again feature a women’s division which will consist of a total of 60 players. The 17U and 16U events will be held Aug. 21-24, 2014, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The 14U and 11U and events will be held Aug. 28-31, 2014, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex and the adjoining Thomas Brooks Park, respectively. The 13U and Women’s events will be held Sept. 4-7, 2014, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

Five of the age groups (17U, 16U, 14U, 13U and 11U) within the 2014 event will be divided based on 2015 National Team and National Team Development Program (18U NT, 17U NTDP, 15U NT, 14U NTDP, 12U NT) aspirations. The women’s division will consist of 16U players who have future Women’s National Team aspirations. As per international guidelines, players competing in the NTIS in the five age groups and women’s division must conform to the following:

• 2014 17U NTIS: born on or after Jan. 1, 1997, for the 2015 18U NT
• 2014 16U NTIS: born on or after Jan. 1, 1998, for the 2015 17U NTDP
• 2014 14U NTIS: born on or after Jan. 1, 2000, for the 2015 15U NT
• 2014 13U NTIS: born on or after Jan. 1, 2001, for the 2015 14U NTDP
• 2014 11U NTIS: born on or after Jan. 1, 2003, for the 2015 12U NT
• 2014 Women’s 16U NTIS: born on or after Jan. 1, 1998, for the 2015 WNT

ntis_twitter_avatar_largeFrom the five age groups, USA Baseball will name a minimum of eight players to the 2015 18U National Team Trials; a minimum of 12 players to the 2015 17U National Team Development Program (17U NTDP); and a minimum of 12 players to the 2015 15U National Team Trials; a minimum of 12 players to the 2014 14U National Team Development Program (14U NTDP); a minimum of 12 players to the 2015 12U National Team Trials.

Roster spots for the women’s division of the NTIS will be filled via open registration. Players will be divided into two to four teams following the onsite skills evaluation. Each team will play a total of four seven-inning games over the course of the event, with the first game for each team being a coach-pitched simulation game. A minimum of three age-eligible players will earn an invitation to the 2015 USA Baseball Women’s National Team Trials.

Activities for the 17U and 16U event will start on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 21, and will be scheduled to finish by mid-day on Sunday, Aug. 24. The activities for the 14U and 11U events will start on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 28, and will be scheduled to finish by mid-day on Sunday, Aug. 31. The 13U and Women’s NTIS activities will begin Thursday afternoon, Sept. 4, and will conclude by mid-day on Sunday, Sept. 7. Each team within the 17U, 16U, 14U, 13U and 11U age groups will play a total of three nine-inning games. The NTIS will present all participating athletes with great national exposure as well as an opportunity to develop their skills through an unparalleled baseball experience.

Of the participating organizations in the event, all of the teams within each age group will be organized on a “regionalized club team” basis, similar to the USA Baseball National Team Championship events (formerly known as the USA Junior Olympic Baseball Championships). As with the USA Baseball Championships, these various baseball programs will be responsible for identifying and selecting 18-player teams which will participate in the event.

NTIS Features:

• Identification opportunity for the 2015 USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials; all players must be born 1997 or later.
• Identification opportunity for the 2015 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program; all players must be born 1998 or later.
• Primary identification opportunity for the 2015 USA Baseball 15U National Team Trials; all players must be born in 2000 or later.
• Identification opportunity for the 2015 USA Baseball 14U National Team Development Program; all players must be born in 2001 or later.
• Identification opportunity for the 2015 USA Baseball 12U National Team Trials; all players must be born in 2003 or later.
• Identification opportunity for the 2015 USA Baseball Women’s National Team Trials; all players must be born in 1998 or later.
• Individual skills testing.
• 17U, 16U, 14U, 13U and 11U teams will play three nine-inning games.
• Women’s teams will play four seven-inning games.
• To-be-announced guest speakers.
• Participants will receive a USA Baseball National Team Trials style uniform.
• College and university coaches and professional scouts will be in attendance.
• Event held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex — the home of Team USA.

NTIS Rules and Regulations:

Field dimensions for the USA Baseball NTIS are as follows:

17U: 60-foot mound, 90-foot bases
16U: 60-foot mound, 90-foot bases
14U: 60-foot mound, 90-foot bases*
13U: 60-foot mound, 90-foot bases*
11U: 51-foot mound, 75-foot bases*
Women’s: 60-foot mound, 90-foot bases
*14U, 13U and 11U field dimensions may vary at regional tryouts

Bat regulations for the NTIS and all regional tryouts can be found here.

General NTIS Event Schedule*:

Thursday
Player registration
Player testing or Symposium

Friday
Individual skills testing/evaluation/games

Saturday
Games

Sunday
Games until 4 p.m.

*Schedule is tentative and is subject to change

How to get involved:

For general information on the NTIS, please email info@usabaseball.com and include the player’s birthdate and current state of residence.

“Own the Zone” Pitchers Boot Camp With Brent Strom

Get pitching advice and learn from one of the most respected coaches in baseball. Brent Strom has helped thousands of pitchers from ten years old through professional. Strom is the head pitching coach of the MLB Houston Astros. Learn the three absolutes of being a successful pitcher. See how about $5. of supplies from a hardware store can help you be a better pitcher. “Own the Zone” Pitchers Boot Camps with Brent Strom, on Monday January 21, 2014 (MLK Day), are proudly hosted by BPM Training & Media Center.

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Baseball Player Magazine Coaches Convention

12/17/2013, 11:30pm EST
By Brandon Kurz, 516.802.7158, brandon@baseballplayermagazine.com

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Russo Takes Pride In His Choice

12/13/2013, 7:00pm EST
By Jeff Noreman (photos by Jeff Noreman)

W. T. Clarke High School had a magical run in 2013, winning the Nassau County Class “A’ championship over the incumbent Plainedge Red Devils. A key player in that run was Jesse Russo of Westbury, New York.

Russo, a middle infielder who is now a senior, began playing on the Varsity in a limited role as a 9th grader, and had a breakout year in 2013 as a junior. He has committed to Hofstra University and the Pride Baseball team for the class of 2014.

When asked about his year, he described his team’s achievements rather than his own. He feels that the Rams can win another Nassau County Championship. Russo, an accomplished athlete, was selected as an All-County player in 2013. His high school coach Tom Abruscato describes him as a hard swinging, lefty hitter with 6.6 speed who batted .383 with 2 home runs, 22 RBI, 36 runs scored and 17 stolen bases.

“He will move from the leadoff spot to the three-hole,” stated Abruscato. “(Jesse is) a complete five-tool player with a great work ethic and attitude.”

Russo considers himself a well-balanced player, who takes pride in developing all of his tools equally. “Everything revolves around baseball,” explained the 5’10”, 160 lb. Russo. “It’s constant swinging, throwing, taking ground balls. I’m not a big guy, so I need every advantage that I can get.”

“I’ve always wanted more,” added Russo. “I work very hard, and with the support of my family, I’ve always known that I could do that (play college ball).”

After watching the Clarke team claw its way through a tough Class ‘A’ bracket, Hofstra University Head Coach John Russo (no relation) approached Coach Abruscato to inquire about his middle infielder. Coach Russo was interested in player Russo, and wanted to make an offer. After a visit to the college, a campus tour, and a sincere discussion, the school stood out as a clear choice.

“Jesse is a perfect fit for Hofstra,” said Coach Russo  He is as dynamic and explosive as he is versatile. We brought him in to play our style of baseball and hit in the top of the lineup. The most impressive aspect of Jesse’s abilities is his motor. He is a tough player and will play harder than anyone on the field.“

“Jesse has a tremendous desire to succeed,“ said his father Anthony Russo. “He’s taken it to another level because he keeps working. As long as he keeps working, there’s no stopping him. I love Hofstra. I think it’s the premiere baseball program on Long Island and that’s where he wants to play. I think it’s a great fit for him.”

“Jesse is the fastest player I’ve ever coached,” stated Kieran Black of the Whalers 17U team. “He is a caring, selfless teammate who is always hungry to help his team and edge out his opponent.”

Russo will be pursuing a degree in pre-law or business at Hofstra starting in the fall of 2014.

Baseball Player Magazine Top 100 Showcase – January 19th

12/02/2013, 5:42pm EST
By Brandon Kurz

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Camp Details

Every year Baseball Player Magazine selects a list of the “Top 100” baseball players on Long Island. This showcase will help determine the best baseball players on Long Island in the underclass (2014, 2015, 2016 Graduating Classes). The results will be printed in the Baseball Player Magazine Spring Preview Edition coming in March. The event will be covered by Baseball Player Magazine’s reporters and will feature NCAA Coaches & USA Baseball NTIS Scouts. Each player is expected to wear their high school team’s uniform or high school apparel so that BPM can help better promote the player and the high school program to which the player belongs.

About:

BPM Top 100 Camps (Winter Sessions) are designed to provide players in the high school graduating classes of 2014-2016 with the opportunity to be instructed and evaluated by some of the best college coaches and USA Baseball scouts in the region. Players will have the opportunity to expand their baseball skills and benefit from a unique, competitive and challenging atmosphere. This camp is specifically designed for the high school baseball player serious about baseball and looking to continue playing at the next level(s) of the game. Camper evaluations will lead to determine if they are in the Top 100 Underclassmen in 2013’s Baseball Player Magazine High School Preview.

Coaches Attending:

Times

Position Players

11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Pitchers/Catchers

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Cost

$250.00

Dual Player – $400.00 (Pitching and Playing a Position)


What to Bring

Each player must bring his own baseball equipment. Players should bring a glove, bat, Helmet, cleats/spikes, running shoes or turf shoes, hat, and any other equipment they feel necessary to compete. Catchers must bring their own gear.


Meals at Camp

Meals will not be provided. Please bring your own lunch from home.


Testimonials:

Thank you for this past weeks College Coaches Camp at Baseball Heaven. Your camp was well organized and ran the best out of all the showcases I have attended. – Nick Napoli

Just wanted to let you know how much my son, Spencer, got out of the Coaches Camp this week at Baseball Heaven. The program was terrific, and he especially enjoyed hearing you talk about pitching. I was very impressed with the camp as well–everything was first class all the way. – Ken Samelson

First we want to complement you on your College Baseball Coaches Camp as the best organized and well run camp that we’ve seen. Between the skills sessions and the actual games, the boys were always active and also learned new things to improve their skills. -Joe & Sally Veltri

Congratulations on a fine camp. My son Daniel told me it was the best showcase he has attended, in large part because there was so little “standing around”. The four-diamond facility is well-suited to accommodate such a large number of players, and the coaches kept everything moving. – John Reynolds


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Please check your email regularly as this is our primary way we communicate. Any additional information that we need to convey as the camp draws closer will be passed on to you via the e-mail address that you supplied when you signed up for camp. Please make it a habit to check your e-mail daily, this will eliminate any confusion and or miscommunication.

Baseball Player Magazine Hosts First National Signing Day Event

11/16/2013, 7:30pm EST
By Jeff Noreman (photos and video by Jeff Noreman)

2013 Long Island NLI signees

2013 Long Island NLI signees

Baseball Player Magazine invited a select group of about ten elite local baseball players and their families to celebrate a day of recognition. These players were among a number of Long Island baseball players to receive offers to play college baseball, and November 13th was the first day that they could sign their National Letter of Intent.

A National Letter of Intent is a binding contract offered by an NCAA Division I or Division II four-year college or university to a prospective student-athlete. Junior colleges who are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association may also offer binding NLIs. What binds the institution and the student-athlete in an NLI is the offer and acceptance of financial aid based on participation in an athletic team at the school.

Kieran Black

The NLI Signing Event was hosted by Coach Kieran Black

The ceremony was hosted by Kieran Black, a varsity coach at St. Dominic High School and in the Long Island Whalers organization. Black has worked for the Long Island Whalers organization since 2010, assisting in the recruiting efforts of many of these students-athletes. In fact, he coached many of these ballplayers either with their school team or their summer travel teams.

“Having gotten through the whole process with all these boys, from having them learn to play the game at a high level… it was very rewarding for me to see them in this celebration,” stated Black. “The closure of knowing that they’ve achieved this was a great thing to be a part of. I couldn’t be more confident of what they’re all going to achieve from today forward.”

“They’ve been like brothers to me, and it’s great to see them accomplish their goals,” he added.

These ballplayers and their parents celebrated at BPM’s Jericho, New York headquarters to recognize their offers from various schools around the country. The players are listed below, along with a quote from one of the baseball coaches at their college:

Assistant Coach Dan Tischler, Columbia University, on Mark Flynn:

“We are excited to have Mark coming on board next year. He is a dynamic player who has potential to be a middle of the order bat. His physicality, along with his athleticism and baseball acumen, are a rare combination. Mark, as well as the rest of our 2014 Class, will help us continue to build and maintain a successful program.”

Head Coach John Russo, Hofstra University, on Adam Heidenfelder:

“Adam is a mountain of a man at 6-5, 240 pounds. His fastball is consistently in the upper 80’s and has topped out at 92. His breaking ball is Division I ready right now. We project Adam to come in and compete for a spot in the weekend rotation.”

Pitching Coach Chris Rojas, New York Institute of Technology, on Chris Johnson:

“I first saw Chris as a freshman in high school. I thought he was raw then, but he definitely had some upside. I saw a kid who became more mechanically refined, and he did it naturally. That impressed me. He could execute pitches and repeat that over and over, with consistent velocity. He can really spin the ball, too. I see him as a young talent that will get innings, and will compete for time with everyone on the staff.”

Pitching Coach Wayne Mazzoni,Sacred Heart University, on Alex Perry:

“Alex rounds out a great recruiting class for us. He brings both a great glove and bat, with great speed and even a chance to help us on the mound. …He gets it done on the field. On top of it all, he flat out lives the game. We are lucky to have him.”

Head Coach John Russo, Hofstra University, on Jesse Russo:

“Jesse is perfect fit for Hofstra.  He is as dynamic and explosive as he is versatile. We brought him in to play our style of baseball and hit in the top of the lineup. The most impressive aspect of Jesse’s abilities is his motor. He is a tough player and will play harder than anyone on the field.“

Pitching Coach Dustin Johnson, Binghamton University, on Dylan Stock:

“The first thing that stands out about Dylan is his athleticism. Dylan has a great arm and a natural ability to spin two different breaking balls. Although his experience on the mound is limited, his skill set is very advanced. I feel strongly that Dylan’s best days are ahead of him!”

“Many of these players have played for us for five, six, and seven years, “ stated Brandon Kurz, founder and President of the Long Island Whalers. “I’ve gotten to know them, their families, and everything that these young men represent. I’m proud to know all of these players and I look forward to following their college careers.”

Cepeda leads Ward Melville to LI Championship

Ward Melville Patriots, 2013 Long Island Class AA Champions

06/04/2013, 8:00pm EDT
By Jeff Noreman (photos by Jeff Noreman)

Ward Melville's Chris Cepeda

Ward Melville’s Chris Cepeda got the win that sends the Patriots to the States.

A groundout in the first inning decided who would represent Long Island in the New York State Class AA Championship Tournament later this week.

That routine 6-3 groundout off the bat of Ward Melville (20-5) junior Kyle Pedroli pushed Anthony Kay home in the bottom of the first inning. Kay reached on a bunt single, and was moved to third on a double by Greg Coman. That was all of the scoring that happened in the game, and that’s all that the Patriots needed to claim the Long Island Championship over the Massapequa Chiefs (20-6). This was Ward Melville’s first Suffolk County and first Long Island Championship.

Chris Cepeda allowed only three Massapequa hits, but hit three batters as well. Although he struck out only three batters, Cepeda had very few of his pitches struck solidly.

“(My) fastball was working really well today,” said Cepeda. Besides the significant movement on his fastballs, “I felt like I had more velocity today. I felt really good today. I felt loose and ready to go.”

Ward Melville PatriotsHead Coach Lou Petrucci said he knew the team would perform well today based on the infield / outfield warmup they performed before the game. It was the best one they had all year, and foreshadowed their smooth and sharp team play.

“Chris Cepeda threw a gem,” stated Petrucci. “He’s a great pitcher. Nobody realizes how good he is. And now today, the whole Long Island baseball world knows (Cepeda) can deal.”

In the sixth, the Chiefs mounted a rally, putting two runners on. But Cepeda wasn’t nervous or phased.

“To be honest with you… I felt comfortable,” added Cepeda. “I knew I had to get out of it. I knew I had to dig down for my team and get out of it for them.”

Pictures of both teams from this event are available here.

Ward Melville Patriots, 2013 Long Island Class AA Champions

Ward Melville Patriots, 2013 Long Island Class AA Champions

Ward Melville Patriots, 2013 Long Island Class AA Champions

Patient Connetquot Survives HRs, Moves on to County Finals

05/30/2013, 11:45pm EDT
By Baseball Player Magazine (photos by Jeff Noreman)

In a win-or-go-home game, two teams with opposing styles in Connetquot and Half Hallow Hills West met in the Suffolk Count Class AA Championship.

After trailing most of the game, Connetquot showed some life in the bottom of the sixth to help keep their season alive.  Shortstop Steve Schmitt began the inning with a walk then later scored on a base hit by third baseman Alex Porcillo, which brought Connetquot within one run of Hills West.  Connetquot completed the comeback in the next inning after Hills West pitchers failed to retire a batter and allowed the tying and winning runs to score.

Hills West starting pitcher Sal Lovaglio was dominant for the majority of the game, both on the mound and at the plate. However, he seemed to run out of gas in the seventh when he walked the first two batters he faced.  T.J. Montablano came in to stop the bleeding, but proved to be ineffective as he allowed a walk, a base hit and another walk which forced in the winning run.  Despite the strong effort, Lovaglio suffered the 5-4 loss.

Brian McKean started the game on the mound for Connetquot and started the scoring when he drove in the game’s first run with an RBI double that scored second baseman Justin Scala in the first inning. Steve Schmitt reached on a base hit and later scored on a groundout by Morse in the fourth which cut the lead to 4-2 in favor of Hills West. Scala and McKean both walked and scored in the seventh as the tying and winning runs.

Half Hollow Hills West's Sal Lovaglio

Hills West’s Sal Lovaglio started on the mound, pitched into the seventh, and hit a two-run homer.

“I was more excited in the 7th than [I was] nervous,” McKean said. “It was a tough-fought win by all 25 of us.”

Unlike Connetquot, Hills West lived and died by the home run during the game.  Shortstop Luke Stampfl hit two solo shots, while Lovaglio hit a two-run shot to account for all of Hill West’s runs.

Patience at the plate and timely hits proved to be the more effective approach, however, as Connetquot came out on top with the walk-off win.

“Kids have a good idea of the plate,” Connetquot head coach Bob Ambrosini said. “We went into the game knowing he (Hills West pitcher Sal Lovaglio) threw the ball away a lot, so we were looking for a ball away a little bit today, but you know, patience is a big part of the game.”

Connetquot takes on Ward Melville at their field in East Setauket on Friday May 31 at 4 p.m. in another win-or-go-home game. It will be Connetquot’s sixth consecutive elimination game.

Photos of both teams at this event are available here.