After a disappointing 2-16 season last year, the Valley Stream Central Eagles look for a solution to turn the tables for the 2019 season. Earlier, Valley Stream Central has appointed a new head coach who will hopes to turn their fortune around. New Head Coach Paul Klimuszko has coached baseball for 30 years on various levels prior to becoming the new skipper for Valley Stream Central. One of his major highlights as a coach was the time he spent developing the freshmen team and leading them to several successful seasons before he became the Athletic Director and later stepped away from coaching in the district. Despite the rough season last year, Coach Klimuszko is thrilled for the upcoming season: “I am very excited for the season to start based on the hard work the team has put in during winter workouts and the first weeks of the season. All of the players have shown to be dedicated to the program and are striving to be successful in all facets of the game.” The culture the team is running under with the new coach is “All In;” during every drill, Coach Klimuszko has noticed how vocal and active each player becomes during every drill they do. “These guys understand baseball is a team game, and we’d want everyone on the roster to succeed and contribute to the success of the team.”
During the offseason, the Valley Stream Central Eagles did various drills to prepare for the new season, especially focusing on hitting drills. After offseason workouts, Coach Klimuszko believes that hitting is the greatest strength for the Eagles. The players have worked hard during the offseason to improve their swing, timing and approach all in an attempt to become more consistent at the plate. The Eagles are hoping the cage work translates onto the field.
For the Valley Stream Central Eagles, the pitching appears to be much stronger improved from 2018. The pitching staff includes Jamal Ritter (Sr), Shane Benvin (Sr), Stephen Marinez (Sr), Eric Chacon (Sr), Andrew Melendez (Jr), and Ethan Burchell (Jr). Solid contributors to look out for are Tommy Cano (Sr), Miguel Giral (Sr), Nicholas Polanco (Jr), Aaron Santiago (Jr), and Jared Somwaru (Jr).
Luckily, the Eagles will have seven returning varsity players, making it noticeably easier to adjust and hopefully win more games, as they look forward to mentor the many players moving up from JV who have had a successful season in 2018. Some of the notable pickups from JV include Roy Longarzo (Fr, OF/IF/P), Adrian Depenza (So, SS/P/OF), and Anthony Pimentel (So, 3B/P).
Although Valley Stream Central believes to be much stronger than last year, they are placed in a very tough conference that includes MacArthur, Mepham, Calhoun, Herricks, and Great Neck South. Regardless, Coach Klimuszko believes that his team may make a clear impact in their division after seeing how hardworking and diligent they play during their workouts. Stay tuned to their season, as they look to turn the tables from last season.