After the fall of (3) Oyster Bay and (4) Carle Place this past week, we’re down to 2 teams in the Nassau B playoffs: (1) East Rockaway and (2) Cold Spring Harbor. Both teams have lived up to the hype and proved that they are the teams that should take part in the championship picture. East Rockaway and Cold Spring Harbor played a 3-game series in the regular season this past late-April; their first two meetings ended in a nail-biter. We’ll give you a recap of how each team has got to the spot that they reached right now.
#1 East Rockaway (14-1)
Throughout all of the regular season, the East Rockaway Rocks absolutely dominated in their league, as if it East Rockaway rewrote their 2018 season into this season.
The pitching staff exceeded their already-high expectations, making them the X-factor of East Rockaway’s notable success. In their semifinals appearance against Carle Place, Aidan O’Connor (CG, 1 ER, 4 H, 16 SO) and Stefano Cilluffo (CG, 0 ER, 4 H, 11 SO) did not give any breathing room for Cold Spring Harbor in each of their starts. Once the 1-2 punch starts to heat up, don’t expect to find flaws in their performances against Cold Spring Harbor.
In the batting wire, last year’s All-County recipient Dylan Henshaw and slugger Joseph Acampora appears to be the threat for Cold Spring Harbor. Henshaw (2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI [Monday]) and Acampora (2-3, 2 RBI [Tuesday]) led the offense during their sweep victory against Carle Place this past week.
#2 Cold Spring Harbor (12-3)
Overall, Cold Spring Harbor has consistently streaked through their 2019 run. After falling short to Oyster Bay in the first game of best-of-3 semifinals series, the CSH Seahawks quickly rebounded and won the next two games, outscoring their opponents 27:11.
Despite the loss this past Wednesday, May 15, Theo Farynick threw a complete game and struck out 15 batters. Meanwhile, Jon Cosmai (CG, 1 ER, 8 K, 1 H) pitched “lights out” on Thursday, tying up the series and forcing a win-or-go-home Game 3 on Saturday. It’ll be a tough, but amusing to watch Farynick and Cosmai go after O’Connor and Cilluffo.
One thing East Rockaway’s pitching staff should definitely take note of is their lineup. In their high scoring game this past Saturday (May 18), the Seahawks scored 20 runs. One of the most outstanding performances from Nassau Baseball in recent years comes from Kyle Jaspers, who went 4-5, scored 3 runs, and drove in 8 RBIs including a homerun. Other hot sluggers for the Seahawks include Michael Masciello and Noah Porcelain. The big question is: “Will the Seahawks Sluggers do enough damage to the 1-2 pitching duo for East Rockaway to take home the chip?”
The finals of the Nassau B Championship will take place on Wednesday, May 22; Thursday, May 23; and Saturday, May 25 (if Game 3 is necessary) at SUNY Old Westbury in a best-of-3 series. Despite Cold Spring Harbor played with a fighting spirit and avoided a sweep against East Rockaway, our pick to win the Nassau B Championship ultimately goes to East Rockaway, who swept Carle Place this past week.
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