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Hot Stove League - 2014 Plainedge Patriots 12u

By Hot Stove League, 07/21/14, 8:45PM EDT

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The Hot Stove League is a new baseball league on Long Island. This is a team that plays in the league this summer.

The Plainedge Patriots are a team built on pitching, catching and strong fundamentals. The homegrown team has been blessed with 4 aces who consistently provide quality starts that give the team a chance to beat any team on any given day. Frank Whitenack, Nick Incalcaterra, Zach Zarra, and Anthony Labita are the horses that drive the Patriots. Besides bringing the heat, each possesses multiple out pitches to keep opposing teams off balance as well. The four of them also get the job done at the plate and in the field.

To handle strong pitching, you need to have strong catching. Braden Clark. Braden is the workhorse who handles the staff each day. Braden’s strong accurate arm and quick release gives us an advantage behind the plate over most teams we play. Braden also contributes on the mound and provides a good stick at the beginning of the lineup.

On the offensive side, Joe Yarusso and Mike Reby have provided the pop in the Patriots lineup. Joe leads the team in virtually every offensive category and possesses a mixture of power and speed that is exciting to watch. Both are terrific defenders both in the outfield and the infield. Joe typically spends time at short and second, and Mike at first.

In addition, providing speed at the top of the lineup is Luke Lombardi. Luke creates havoc by getting on base and using his speed and base running instincts to manufacture runs. Luke typically mans second or third, and occasionally the outfield.

The three main outfielders on the Patriots are Daniel Vivolo, Anthony Locurto and Doug Elsesser. Anthony and Doug also serve as backup catchers. These three players balance the Patriots lineup.

Alex Napoli was added to the team this summer. Alex provides a power bat to the middle of the order and also provides pitching depth. The Patriots order is one that can do damage at the top, through the middle and at the end

2014 Plainedge Patriots

2014 Plainedge Patriots

2014 Plainedge Patriots

2014 Plainedge Patriots