After falling short to Valley Stream North in the playoffs last season, the Plainedge Red Devils look to seek revenge for 2019. One feat they will need to overcome will be the lack of experience, as the team collectively is young. For this season, “every position is up for grabs,” according to Head Coach Colin Fratrik. Graduating seven defensive starters from last year, the head coach expects to see a full competition going on early in the season. Despite having their all-around rivals — the Bethpage Eagles — are a potential threat in their conference, the young squad hopes to fight for a County Championship behind their strong pitching staff led by All County Ace- Nick Incalcaterra.
The Plainedge Red Devils strong pitching staff will allow them to compete against any team. Their pitching staff will be led by Nick Incalcaterra, whose All-County award was backed an impressive 6-1 record with a 1.19 ERA. Coming in as a reliever last year, Frank Whitenack will be the projected #2 . In 2018 he was the number one option out from the bullpen and recorded 2 wins and 2 saves with a 1.37 ERA in 15 innings. Dom Tuozzo will then fill in as the final slot in the rotation as the #3 starter. The left-handed pitcher was unstoppable down in the farm system, finishing the season with a flawless 7-0 record in JV. In addition to the starting rotation, North Greenville-commit Zach Zarra will be expected to play a vital role finishing games. Plainedge also can swing it a little bit and have a couple dangerous bats.
The Red Devils lineup possess some hefty hitters that can stir trouble for opposing pitchers. Zach Zarra will be expected to hit in the three-hole, as he was notorious for intimidating their opponents for his “big” bat. Another threat in the batting lineup will be DJ Kregelo,(Mercer College), a starting 3B and a reliever who finished the year strong after suffering a hamstring injury early in the 2018 season. Another player to watch for is Junior Anthony Labita, a true 2 sport athlete who has the ability to play both in the middle of the infield and any outfield position.
This Red Devils seem confident they will find much more success this year compared to last season. With the hopeful dominant trio rotating on the mound, they look to carry the Red Devils and make a significant run in the playoffs. Despite the lack of experience collectively, Plainedge Baseball looks to be a contender in Class A-3 and compete every game.