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Hot Stove Baseball - The New Kid on the Block

By Admin, 01/14/16, 4:30PM EST

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Look out! The Long Island Hot Stove Baseball League is the new kid on the block looking to make a splash in Long Island.

The Long Island Hot Stove Baseball League began operating a brand new baseball league on Long Island in Eastern New York in 2014. Since then, the League has expanded with more teams, more tournaments, and more opportunities for hard-working players and coaches around Long Island. The creation of Long Island Hot Stove would not have been possible without the experience and determination of the staff which possess over twenty years of experience. The dedicated staff has spent countless hours operating baseball leagues and tournaments from the youth level to NCAA Championships. The League has spent thousands of dollars on their baseball fields to ensure efficiency and satisfaction for participating teams. Long Island Hot Stove’s main focus is focused on the development of leagues that allow teams of all skill levels to compete. Long Island Hot Stove also focuses heavily on improving the skills and preparing careers for talented high school baseball players. Long Island Hot Stove ensures to maintain the integrity of the game of baseball while delivering the best competition and greatest atmosphere for developing players. Long Island Hot Stove raises the bar by hosting seven tournaments in 2016 in addition to spring, summer and fall leagues. The nearest tournament upcoming is the Memorial Day Tournament. Last year, the Tournament was an ultimate success as it displayed intense games, maturity, sportsmanship, and of course, winners. The League is just as excited for the 4th of July Tournament, yet another opportunity to take First Place and even be televised for young and upcoming players! Division Champions of The Long Island Hot Stove Summer Leagues receive free bids to various tournaments.

LI Whalers 11U Blue

Coaches Frank Farnacci and Frank Vizza along with Asst John Flanigan are more than ready to get their Long Island Whalers Blue 11U team on the diamond. The Whalers,representing one of the largest most successful organizations on Long Island, consider themselves to be a family, which translates to ultimate success.  #2 Nicholas Farnacci , #42 Ryan Weiss, #12 Joseph Flannigan, #4 Noel Batista will be playing Outfield and Middle Infield. #8 Ryan Appell #10 Matthew Torres, and #25 Dylan Perry will be playing Third Base and Outfield. #22 Sean Mileti and #30 Ryan Banks will be playing First Base and Outfield. #15 Sean Keys will be playing First Base, Third Base, and Outfield. #23 Quintin Vizza will be starting at Catcher, and playing outfield. #24 Zach Schnabel will be playing Outfield, Infield and Catcher. The Defense is one of the main reasons why the Whalers’ pitching staff is so successful. 10 of 12 Whalers are all Pitchers. The Whalers have depth in their Pitching that most teams cannot match up with. The Whalers pride themselves for their selfless style of baseball and competing with any team on any given day. The Whalers’ pre-game protocol is warming up, practicing  defensive and offensive skills, and discussing the game plan one hour before the game. The Whalers offensive and defensive production makes it even harder for opponents to compete with them. The Whalers will hope to win games and hold pool parties in celebratory fashion!

Baseball Nation 14U

Baseball Nation was founded in December of 2013 in order to give local little league players the opportunity to improve themselves in the sport of baseball and face high competition. The Baseball Nation 14U team is led by Head Coach Shannon Greer, Assistant Coach Eric Abney, and Team Administrator Patty Muir. The goal of the coaches and the team administrator is to give each one of their players an opportunity to improve to their fullest potential as a baseball player. More importantly, the coaching staff and administrator desire to provide a positive environment for their young players in order to truly enjoy baseball. The 14U Baseball Nation team does not take practice lightly; the team practices with the same focus and effort as they would in a game which is why they developed the motto “practice how you play”. Many of the players of The 14U Baseball Nation team are part of Middle School and JV programs. #24 Sean Abney is Baseball Nation’s Third Baseman, #25 Nick Vetere and #5 Matthew Collins play First Base, #10 Joey Vacca makes playing Second Base look easy, #52 Andy Fernandez is the leader of the infield at Shortstop, and #33 Shane Greer and #18 Alex Batista are Catchers. #21 Carlos Cepeda and #14 Jeffery Marmol rotate around all of the infield positions which alleviates pressure. #4 Shane Abney, #42 Andy Abreu, #2 Benjamin Davidson, #27 Tavis Fields, #3 Jonny Marmol, and #7 Anthony Ramirez display great speed and judgment making them quality Outfielders. The 14U Baseball Nation will be a fun team to watch this season after an offseason filled with heavy preparation and anticipation.

Baseball Nation 13U

The Baseball Nation 13U team is led by Head Coach Efren Ramirez, Assistant Coach Rob Ewing, and Team Administrator Martha Hernandez. The 13U Baseball Nation team do everything they can to seize every moment on the field. They enjoy every inning to the most with a goal to win. This mentality is what led the 13U Baseball Nation team to develop their own motto: “enjoy the moment”. The 13U Baseball Nation roster is made up of local kids who have played little league baseball together for many years. Many of the players are part of Junior Varsity or Middle School teams. The players of Baseball Nation are well trained, well coached, and share a strong team bond which has led to many wins and tons of fun. Baseball Nation’s Outfield is stacked as #13 Jackson Bright, #52 Lorenzo Concepcion, #5 Christian Ewing, #42 Ronald Gutierrez, #22 Christian Ramirez, #17 Kevin Rubio #44 Steven Smith, and #27 Yancol Tejada are all ready to patrol the outfield positions when asked by Coach Ramirez or Coach Ewing. #9 William Ford, #24 Dariel Nunez, and #3 Justin Taveras all have quick reactions which is why they all play Third Base. #2 Justin Marte and Justin Taveras are natural Shortstops. #7 Henry Molina is Baseball Nation’s flashy Second Baseman. Christian Ramirez is a First Baseman/Outfielder. Justin Taveras and Dariel Nunez call the pitches for their impressive pitching staff consisted of Lorenzo Concepcion, William Ford, Ronald Gutierrez, Justin Marte, Henry Molina, and  Christian Ramirez. When they’re not calling the pitches from behind the plate, Justin Taveras and Dariel Nunez are delivering the pitches to one another. It will be exciting to see the 13U Baseball Nation team in action this season!

Bethpage Eagles 13U

Manager Joe Mistron and assistant coaches Michael Menke and Chris Kuzmiunski are excited to lead the Bethpage Eagles 13U Gold team to another successful season. After winning the Glynn Kenny tournament last season, the Eagles team will look to win even more championships this year. Pitching and defense are the Eagles recipes for winning games. #7 John Schmidt leads the outfield with #18 Johnny Baggia, #23 Sean McCann, #11 Ryan Happel, and #25 Niko Rubin. Not many ground balls get past the infielders Johnny Baggia, #42 Sean McGrorty, #2 Ed Clark, #11 James Iannotta, #99 Jake Storch, #22 Zach Hibert, and #27 Kyle Gaertner. The pitching staff matches up well against any team in the league. Sean McCann and the Eagles pitching staff went deep into games last year to put up “W’s” on the scoreboard. Catchers #14 Ted Valenti, Ryan Happel, Kyle Gaertner, and James Iannotta are always ready to visit the mound to relax the pitcher and call the infielders together when necessary. The Eagles Catchers also pitch, so they have a great sense of what pitches to call. Sean McGrorty, John Schmidt, Ed Clark, and Zach Hibert have impressive arms that add to pitching repertoire of the Eagles.  The Eagles young guns are ready to win more games this year. Be sure to see diving catches and frustrated opponent hitters.

LI Devils 11U

Manager Dan Napolitano is excited to lead his talented 11U LI Devils to another successful season. The Devils play above their age displaying maturity and intelligence on the field. The Devils are consisted of a serious group of players that play solid defense and get on base frequently. #20 Nicholas Napolitano and #12 Tim Purack play Shortstop, #0 Shane Schwartz plays Second Base, #14 Nick Disanti plays Third Base and Catcher, #4 Matt Brandimarte plays Second Base and Outfield, #11 Steve Licata plays Shortstop and Catcher, #1 Robert Traitta plays Catcher and First Base, #27 Justin Filipelli, #15 Ryan Prisco, and #2 Michael Bloom play the Outfield positions, #9 Anthony Capogna plays Outfield and First Base, and #6 Vincent Norcerito plays First Base. Michael Bloom, Nicholas Napolitano, Shane Schwartz, Vincent Nocerito, Ryan Prisco, and Justin Filipelli are confident pitchers who display mental toughness on the bump game in and game out. Nick Disanti is the leader of the strong defense. He displays great range and always wants the ball to be hit his way.  Before each game, the Devils stretch in the outfield and take soft-toss drills- a routine that you will not see from most 11U teams. Hitting drills seem to work for the Devils as the team is loaded with high batting averages. Nicholas Napolitano, Ryan Prisco, Nick Disanti, and Robert Traitta have proven themselves to be home run threats every time they step up to home plate. The Devils know there is tough competition that lies ahead of them but if they play their unique brand of baseball they will produce yet another successful season.

Farmingdale Greendogs 9U

The 9U Farmingdale Greendogs cannot wait to battle this season. Manager Tim Greco and Assistant Coaches Frank Posillico, Joe Sylvester, and Dom Ventiere preach toughness and the lack to give up when down. The Greendogs are a defensively sound team. #1 Joe Sylvester, #18 Jack Wiser, #37  Alex Alameda, #21 Chris Hoare, and #15 Anthony Kloepping display their speed and arm strength in the Outfield.  #20 Sal Posillico and #2 Brandon Greco rotate around the Infield positions as they put their soft hands to use. #3 Steven Rodriguez and #24 Sal Delpesce are both crafty Second Basemen and Outfielders. First Baseman #34 Michael Craig and Catcher #27 Anthony Ventiere play above their ages defensively. #7 Thomas O’Neill handles the hot corner and makes tough throws from Third Base. Shortstop #22 Jojo Burriesci leads the Greendogs’ gifted infield. Last year, Brandon Greco led the Greendogs with four home runs. Jojo Burriesci, Sal Delpesce, and Alex Alemade were also part of the Greendogs’ home run hitters. The offensive production comes from the Greendogs’ constant batting practice sessions throughout their busy season. The Greendogs also possess an intimidating pitching staff consisted of Ace Jojo Burriesci, Michael Craig, Thomas O’Neill, Brandon Greco, and Sal Delpesce. The Greendogs have it all as they produce excellence off the field as well. The Greendogs raised funds and donated to different charities, including “Tuesdays Children” and families of 9/11 victims by getting teams to participate in Farmingdales 9/11 Tournament. Expect to see plenty of more positivity on and off the field from The 9U Farmingdale Greendogs this upcoming season.

LI Westies 9U

The 9U Long Island Westies, coached by John McCartney, Jules Varicchio, and Sean Crispyn, are a new team organized in 2015. Although the Westies are a new team, the Westies’ players built chemistry as they got to know each other in the offseason. The Westies roster is made up of players that are from various organizations and areas in Nassau County. As the offseason progressed, the Westies’ coaching staff learned what skills and abilities each player had. The coaching staff is very excited to see the progress of their team throughout the year and eager to play on a high level. The Westies will look to focus on their defense and pitching to win games as #5 Joseph Chiarelli, #6 Colin Crispyn, #16 William DeVito, #8 Anthony Sciotto, and #13 Frankie Varricchio will round out the Westies’ pitching staff. Each Westie can play multiple positions on the field. Joseph Chiarelli and Anthony Sciotto look forward to playing First Base in addition to Pitcher. William DeVito and Frankie Varrichio play the hot corner at Third Base in addition to Pitcher. Colin Crispyn plays Shortstop in addition to Pitcher. #3 Anthony Ciaramella and #2 Adam Perillo will be fielding Second Base and the Outfield positions. #35 Ryan Maggio will be fielding First Base and Outfield, #11 Vincent McCartney will be fielding Shortstop and the Outfield positions, #23 Robbie Nunez will be playing Catcher and Third Base, #1 Nate Ricci will be playing Catcher and Outfield, and #17 AJ Sainsbury will be playing Catcher and Second Base. The Wesites have a bright future and will look to mesh as a team this season.

Coastal Baseball 9U

Head Coach Joseph Sordi and Assistant Coach Angelo Abbatiello are both former College Baseball players and possess plenty of experience coaching the game of baseball. This year’s roster will bring all of the returning players except for the addition of one new player. This will be the team’s third year together as #6 Joseph Sordi will field Second Base and Right Field, #11 Vincent Tipaldo will be fielding Left Field, Third Base and Catcher, #4 Agostino Abbatiello will be fielding Shortstop and Catcher, #15 John Margolies and #2 Thomas Chanis will be fielding Third Base, First Base and Catcher, #1 Joseph Chanis will be fielding First Base and Shortstop, #23 George Morris and #29 Zach Zboray will be fielding First Base and Left Field, #35 Ryan Drewes will be fielding Center Field, Second Base, and Catcher, #46 Domonic DeRisi will be fielding the Outfield positions, and #22 James Horodyski will be playing Second Base, Shortstop, and Center Field. Ace George Morris, Dominic DeRisi, Joseph Chanis, and John Margolies will be a tough pitching staff for opponents to handle this season. Defense and speed on the bases are two of the Coastal Baseball’s biggest strengths. To utilize speed on the bases, you have to get on base, and Coastal Baseball does that well with their quick hands and hard baserunning. Joseph Chanis and John Margolies hit home runs for Coastal Baseball last year and they are hoping more of their teammates will join them on that list this year. After each game, Coastal Baseball will start working hard for the next one and continue to get even better.

LI Redmen 9U

Head Coaches Anthony Padula and Adam Rubin are extremely excited to hit the ground running with their energetic 9U Long Island Redmen after a long winter. The Redmen believe in practice as they find the time to practice twice a week in the midst of a busy schedule during the season. One practice is based on offense and the second practice focuses on defense. The Redmen don’t have much spare time, but when they do, they give back to the community. Once a month, the Redmen assist in making sandwiches and packing personal hygiene kits for the homeless at The Parish of Saint Aidan’s in Williston Park. The Redmen also raised money for soap, toothbrushes, and shampoo. Pitching is the Redmen’s biggest strength. Ace #44 Darrin Costa, #8 Nick Padula, #27 Dan Garibaldi, #1 Max Kessler, and #5 Ryan Levine pitch their hearts out every time they’re on the mound. Shortstop and Outfielder #4 Alex Rubin leads the defense with his impressive defensive abilities. Nick Padula will be playing First Base, Dan Garibaldi plays Catcher, Max Kessler plays Third Base, #7 Ethan Hart,  #3 Vincent Favata, and #33 Robert Crehan will be playing Third Base and Outfield, #10 Kevin Hargrave will be playing First Base and Outfield,  Ryan Levine will be at Second Base, Darrin Costa will be fielding Outfield, #20 Jake Leva will be playing Catcher and Outfielder, #42 Zach Meckley will be playing the middle infield at Second Base and Shortstop, and #22 Alex Dircks will be playing Second Base and Outfield. With major talent and a lot of practice, this upcoming season should be one to remember for the 9U Long Island Redmen.

Levittown Northstars 9U

The 9U Levittown Northstars are a competitive team poised to have another successful season. Staff includes Levittown North Baseball Vice President and Manager Walter Hetzel and Assistant Coaches Anthony Kenny, Greg Bodkin, Doug McCoy, and Ariel Nunez  In June of last year, the Northstars participated in a benefit game hosted by Levittown North Baseball to honor a young boy, Lorenzo Fernandez, who lost his battle to cancer. All Northstars players wore Fernandez’s uniform #20 during the game. In November 2014, the Northstars participated in Levittown North Baseball’s first annual Turkey Ball Game event to help raise food and coats for the local needy. The game raised over 135 pounds of food which was donated to Long Island Harvest and raised 60 jackets plus scarfs and gloves which were donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. On May 17th of 2015, the Northstars will be playing in a benefit game hosted by Levittown North Baseball at Whelan Field in honor of Jack Perlungher, who passed away from a Wilms Tumor at the age of 5. The Northstars include: #21 Matthew Bodkin plays Catcher and First Base, #7 Cody Brush plays First Base and Catcher, #25 Scott Hetzel plays Shortstop and Third Base, #3 Michael Levine, #5 Ryan Zegers, #2 Evan Jack Venizelos, #9 Nolan Kaveney, and #40 Conner McCoy play Second Base and Outfield, #4 Ariel Nunez and #8 Matthew Tufano play Catcher and Shortstop, #41 Dylan Vargas plays Third Base and Outfield, #27 Jaden Vieux plays First Base and Third Base. Matthew Bodkin, Cody Brush, Scott Hetzel, Michael Levine, Ariel Nunez, and Matthew Tufano will pitch. The Northstars will be a fierce opponent this season.

LI Thunder 13U

Head Coach Michael Ballato and Assistant Coaches Jeff Schneebaum, Gino Pepe, and Mark Whitehurst have been looking forward to see the progress of their 13U Long Island Thunder team. The Thunder have a talented team that can be best described as “resilient”.  #99 Catcher Joe Infante will look to lead his team to another successful season. Winning starts with good defense- and that is a Thunder specialty. Sure-handed #24 Chris Ballato will be the leader of the infield at Shortstop. #13 CJ Romero will be making his share of challenging throws from third base with his strong arm. #2 Second Baseman Ryan Schneebaum will be sure to impress with his range up the middle at Second Base. The Home Run Leader of the Thunder, #17 Matt Cameron, will be showing off his footwork at First Base. The speedy Center-Fielder #44 Ryan Whitehurst will be accompanied Outfielders which opponent base-runners and hitters fear: #6 Brandon Imasa and #4 Brendan Gible. The Thunder’s pitching is just as important for winning games as the defense. The pitching staff, consisted of #9 Ace James Ecock, Chris Ballato, #3 John Bellisio, #1 Matt Pepe, and Matt Cameron, is a feared pitching staff. The pitching staff contribute much of their success to Catchers #7 Daniaal Salian, #20 Daniel Pascali, and Joe Infante. The Thunder do not just rely on their natural talent to win games. “Practice, practice, and more practice” is the motto of The 13U LI Thunder Coaching Staff. With much preparation and anticipation, The Thunder will likely be high-fiving and fist-bumping each other after hard-earned wins.

Sachem Cyclones 13U

The 13U Sachem Cyclones have a reputation for simply doing the right thing and outworking their competition. Manager Rob LaRocco and Assistant Coaches Herbert Cortes, David Levine, and Scott Pietrowski take pride in their players indefatigable efforts on and off the field. During the offseason, the Cyclones worked out 4-5 times a week to get stronger. This team is always eager to play tough competition. Off the field, the Cyclones efforts toward community matches up with their efforts on the diamond. The Cyclones like to participate in tournaments that raise money for charity organizations. The Cyclones were taught by their coaching staff to be graceful in victories, and humbled in defeat. Each Cyclone player can play just about any position you ask them to. Here is the very talented and mature Roster of the 13U Sachem Cyclones: #3 Lou LaRocco, #16 Brian Blakely, #2 Anthony Cortes, #24 Ian Young, #52 Connor Pietrowski, #7 Ed Holyat, #11 Joe Turgati, #27 James Oelcher, #38 Miller Newman, #33 Ben Levine, #17 Jack Drago, and #55 Jeff Constantino. Almost every player on the Roster pitches and the Defense gobbles up ground balls and pop flies all game long. Coach LaRocco says “ Every player has shown moments of greatness.” There is always somebody different every game that is the team MVP. Lou LaRocco, Anthony Cortes, Ian Young, and Connor Pietrowski will be providing the offense for the very mature Cyclones who play above their ages. After putting in a hefty amount of work during the offseason and giving back to the community, The Cyclones are ready to hit the ground running.

Forest Hills Indians 12U

The 12U Forest Hills Indians’ coaching staff is diverse and experienced. The Indians are led by Manager Erik Peck, who played Independent Professional Baseball, Head Coach Justin Weintraub, who played College Baseball, Pitching Coach Sam Rosario, who pitched under the Detroit Tigers organization, Strength and Conditioning Coach Vin Keating, Bench Coach Mike Hassan, and First Base Coach Dennis Coppin. The Indians held a bowling event called “Striking Out Cancer for the Colon Cancer Alliance”. All money raised by the young men went to The Colon Cancer Alliance. The Indians rose over $3,000 of gifts and delivered them to The Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park. The Indians players also cooked food and had the pleasure of playing with kids that were terminally ill and participated in The Relay For Life Walk for the American Cancer Society and the Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk. The Indians infielders include: #13 Jaime Barrios, #2 Harrison DellaVecchia, #27 Peter Hountas, #8 Bobby Mark, #25 Justin Montalvo, and #7 Brenly Nivar.  Outfielders #19 Dennis Coppin, #14 Tyler Marshall, and #24 Michael Milevoi take away extra base hits away consistently. #42 Thomas LaPinta, #18 Richie Solomon, and #9 Ethan Weintraub show the versatility.  Pitchers Brenly Nivar, Richie Solomon, Jaime Barrios, Dennis Coppin, Peter Hountas, Thomas LaPinta, Bobby Mark, and Justin Montalvo are dominant forces on the mound. Bobby Mark led the Indians in home runs last year with 10. Nivar, Hountas, Barrios, Weintraub, and LaPinta were also part of the Indians home run club last season. It will be exciting to see the Indians play in 2015 after an offseason full of hard work.

Bethpage Eagles 10U

The athletic 10U Bethpage Gold Eagles have been working out since early January and have their sights set on another great year. Manager Joe Toner and Assistant Coaches Russ Pilgrim and Joe Miranda stress the importance of focus and fundamentals in order to win games. The motto of the Eagles team is simply “Practice hard, play hard”. The hard-throwing Eagles staff led by Ace #33 Andrew Berman, #2 Joseph Lynn, and #18 Jojo Miranda can’t wait to rack up the strikeouts this year. Coach Toner compares his talented pitching staff to the deep pitching staff of the Major League New York Mets. #3 Ben Pilgrim leads the sure-handed infield with #10 Anthony Falabella, #26 Johnny DiMartino, #18 Jojo Miranda, #33 Andrew Berman, and #2 Joseph Lynn. The range of the fast outfielders #13 Christian Espinal, #51 Joey Mack, #5 Liam Toner, and #1 Tyler Morck will save the Eagles a lot of runs and hits surrendered. Joseph Lynn has proved himself to be the Home Run King. Last year, Lynn hit four home runs, all of which went over the fence! With major talent all around, the Eagles coaching staff is very excited to see their young team go to work. After some more home runs, diving defensive plays, and frustrated opponents, the Eagles hope to be devouring ice cream after winning big games.

Bethpage Eagles 11U

The 11U Bethpage Eagles coached by Manager Sean Burns, Coach Tom Foley, Coach Jim Lombardo, and Coach Dan McCann are looking to have another successful year heading into the 2015 season. The Eagles have a jam-packed roster going into the season. The Outfield duties will be shared among #4 Henry Becker, #5 Conor Burns, #11 Brendan McCann, #22 Ayden Morales, and #27 Henry Justin DiMartino. #2 Steven Bello and #9 Phil D’€™Aguanno will be fielding the hot corner at Third Base. #7 Brandon Lombardo will be showing off his range at Shortstop. #42 Ryan Foley and #14 Victor Guidotti will be looking to turn double plays at Second Base. #25 Safwan Shariff will be looking to scoop some throws at First Base. The offensive power forces Justin DiMartino and #10 Nicholas Schimmel will be calling pitches behind the plate at Catcher. The Eagles pride themselves on being strong up the middle with their Center-Fielder Conor Burns, the Second-Basemen, and the Shortstop. This team is very confident in the abilities of their pitchers. Steven Bello, Phil D’Aguanno, Safwan Shariff, Brendan McCann, Ayden Morales, and Henry Becker have all proved to the Eagles coaching staff that they can all be the €œAce of the pitching staff. The Eagles are a tenacious team that always battle regardless of the opponent or the score. The special team bond that the Eagles possess contribute to their success on the field. No one is selfish and every Eagle is there to help each other. After winning three tournaments last year, the Eagles look forward to seeing the progress of each player made through the offseason.

Southshore Men 13U

The 13U Southshore Men are a very committed group whose biggest strength is mental toughness. #13 Jaden Barwicki plays Left field and Second Base, #10 Dan DelValle plays Center Field and Catcher, #25 Bryan Morgenthaler plays Right Field and First Base, #6 Devin Apple plays Left Field, #8 Jack Bier plays Second Base, #15 Robert Mezack plays Catcher and Right Field, #22 Jonathan Sepe plays First Base and Left Field, #16 Dominick Notarstefano plays Center Field, #29 Nicholas Tucci plays Third Base, #2 Grant Goodland plays Second Base and Left Field, #12 Noah Eisel plays Shortstop, #4 Anthony Pericolosi plays Left Field and Third Base, #3 Steven Lee plays Third Base and Catcher, #14 Leo Alvarez plays Catcher and Right Field, and #1 John Loughlin plays Left Field and Third Base. Devin Apple leads the intimidating pitching staff with Jack Bier, Nick Tucci, Dominick Notarstefano, Jaden Barwicki, and Dan Delvalle. Before each game, the coaching staff makes sure his players are loose and ready to have fun. Last year, the Southshore Men played 129 games and earned a .749 winning percentage and 4 Championships. The Southshore men are scheduled to volunteer at the SCO Family of Services working with children that have disabilities. The coaches and players are required to volunteer 20 hours this year to be eligible to play on the team next year. The Southshore Men will look to pile up even more success this year and it should be exciting to watch.

LI Knights 9U

The versatile 9U LI Knights are anxious to get back on the diamond again. Manager Bret Erster, and Assistant Coaches Billy Marchesini, Marc Hedquist, and Liam Guilfoyle compare their Knights to the Major League Kansas City Royals. The Knights resemble the Royals chemistry, speed, and defensive ability. The Knights roster is full of utility players. Each player can play nearly all nine positions. #5 Nolan Lally and #16 Ryan Carroll can play any position in the infield. #12 Chris Marchesini and #30 Sean Sweeney are great at fielding the backhand groundballs at Shortstop. #6 Conor Guilfoyle and #4 Kevin Erster are human vacuums at Second Base. #23 Keith Reichart and #11 Will Smith show off their cannons for arms at Third Base. #22 James Hedquist, #14 Ryan Connolly and #21 Tommy Gorham love fielding the tricky short-hoppers at First Base. Baserunners are hesitant to steal bases when Catchers #42 Magnus Munro and #2 Nick Zacharis are behind the plate. #34 Justin Wasserman, Conor Guilfoyle, Nick Zacharis, Ryan Connolly, Sean Sweeney, and Will Smith are great at judging high pop-flyâs in the outfield. Munro and Carroll are home run machines for the Knights. James Hedquist brings his âA-gameâ every day and ensures that his teammates bring their âA-gamesâ as well. The Knights strong pitching staff led by Ryan Carroll are going to win a lot of games for the Knights this year. Don’t be surprised if you see the Knights chowing down on pizza pies in celebratory fashion this year!

LI Dolphins 14U

Head Coach Richard Lelonek and 17 year old son Matthew Lelonek love the game of baseball dearly and their attitudes are contagious as the 14U Long Island Dolphins look forward to playing every day. The 14U Long Island Dolphins consider themselves to be a family. The 14U Long Island Dolphins will take part in “Robbie’s 5K Run” on Sunday, April 26, 2015 to celebrate Robbie Levine who died suddenly on September 27, 2005 when his heart stopped while he was rounding the bases during a little league practice. The 14U Long Island Dolphins display a solid roster with 17 players that play with enthusiasm and charisma. #3 Zachary Lelonek, #23 Bobby Stokel, and #5 Christopher Genirs rotate around the Middle Infield positions. #14 Matthew Schwartz and #11 Louie Goldstein play the Outfield positions. #26 Andrew Celauro and #8 Christopher Capozzi play Catcher, First Base, and Third Base. #28 Time Fine and #33 Sean Tudor play Outfield and Catcher. #17 William Alexander and #21 James Hampton play Outfield and First Base. #22 Spencer Abrams and #19 Marco Baez play Third Base and Shortstop. #15 Austin David and #12 Zachary Yurdiga play Outfield and Second Base. #27 Michael Cagen plays Third Base and First Base. #4 Joseph Buffolino plays First Base, Catcher, and Outfielder.  The old school “Pitching and Defense” efforts are the key to the Dolphins’ success.  Marco Baez led the team in home runs last year. The Dolphins keep the highs and lows to a minimum whether they win or lose. The Dolphins will be a team to keep an eye on as they display depth, enthusiasm, and talent.

Nassau Pride 13U

Manager Joe Toner, Assistant Coaches Dave Fantry and Mike Di Martino, and General Manager Marty Purchick are very excited for the 2015 season as their 13U Nassau Pride are very prepared and confident in themselves. To prepare for the season, The Pride have added position players to fill deficiencies. The Pride’s final roster is stacked with hungry and competitive players: #1 Brian O’Boyle, #2 Alex Purchick, #5 Daniel Settino, #8 Mike Farrell, #9 Dante Di Marco, #10 Joe Toner, #12 Chris Volpe, #14 Nick Hagstrom, #17 Richie Gennaro, #22 Mike Di Martino, #24 Matt Fantry, #25 Jason Farnacci, and #30 Kobe Thomas. The roster displays athleticism at its finest. Pitching is the Pride’s biggest strength as Mike Di Martino, Nick Hagstrom, Mike Farrell, and Richie Gennaro instill fear into the heads of opponent hitters. Offense will be provided by the team’s home run leader Nick Hagstrom, Matt Fantry, Mike Farrell, Mike Di Martino, Alex Purchick, and Richie Gennaro. The Pride’s solid defense is all due to the work ethics of Brian O’Boyle, Daniel Settino, Joe Toner, Dante Di Marco, Chris Volpe, Jason Farnacci, and Kobe Thomas. The Pride believe that working on fundamentals and treating practices as games will often lead to Wins. The Pride are confident that their hard work will lead to lots of celebrating and eating!

Diamond Spikes 13U

Manager John Cascio and assistant Coaches Russ Safirstein, Matt Reyer, and Pat Madden are eager to see how their talented 13U Bellmore Heat have progressed over the offseason. The Infield is led by Shortstops #1 Andrew Cascio and #17 David Safirstein. #12 Marco Maola is solid at the corners playing First Base and Third Base. #52 Kevin Ziminski, #3 Jake Reyer and #13 Alex Bergmann have cannons for arms which is why they play Catcher and Third Base. #5 Thomas Tiongson looks forward to steal attempts from base-runners when he’s at Catcher, #27 Justin Albaum is a scooping machine at First Base, and #11 Kyle Madden and #42 Nick Giordano have great range going glove-side and back-hand at Second Base. #8 Michael Guardiola is very flexible in the Infield as he plays Second Base, Third Base, and First Base. The Heat is loaded with speedy outfielders including #7 Peter Safirstein, Andrew Bo, Thomas Tiongson, Alex Bergmann, Jake Reyer, Kyle Madden, and Nick Giordano.  The Heat’s pitching staff is consisted of David Safirstein, Andrew Cascio, Justin Albaum, Marco Maola, Peter Safirstein, Jake Reyer, Kyle Madden, Kevin Ziminski, and Andrew Bo. Each Pitcher contributes to the Heat’s winning recipe in different styles. From change of speeds and pace to blowing hitters away. Andrew Cascio leads the Heat’s high-powered offense as he, Peter Safirstein, Thomas Tiongson, Marco Maola, and Alex Bergmann went deep last year and hope to hit more home runs this season. The Heat also have players with enormous speed in Thomas Tiongson and Andrew Cascio. Each Heat player have different positive attributes but each player and coach makes sure to give back to the community together by fundraising locally.

Lynnbrook Knights 11u

The Lynbrook Knights are looking forward to another successful year of baseball as they gear up for the Spring Season. This roster may not feature as many players as other teams do, but do not be fooled, this roster is jam-packed. #18 Nicholas Cavaliere, #7 Nick Quagliozzi, #28 Liam Clarke, #8 Daniel Kessler, #24 Anthony Macchia, and #11 Gabe Sultana are always at the ready to play Outfield at the command of Coach Mike Sollitto. The infield, like the outfield, features major depth and talent. #25 Luke Costanzo, #2 Peter Donnarumma, #14 Gerald Donnelly, #20 Connor Harrison, #10 Anthony Piazza, #33 Anthony Prisinzano, #9 Matt Sollitto, and #11 Gabe Sultana display great chemistry around the infield. All of these guys make for what Coach Mike Sollitto calls a “gritty” team that have their opponents struggling to get on base and score all game long. The Knights are constantly striking fear into the hearts of opponents. One of the many qualities of the Knights that contribute to their “gritty” style is the Pitching. Peter “Ace” Donnarumma leads the flame-throwing staff consisted of fellow Pitchers Luke Costanzo, Gerald Donnelly, Anthony Piazza, Anthony Prisinzano. The success of the pitchers would not be possible without Catcher Connor Harrison manning home plate and calling the pitches. Anthony 'A.P.' Piazza, Gerard 'G-Rod' Donnelly, Anthony 'Priz' Prisinzano, and Luke 'hammer' Costanzo all went yard last year. Opponent pitchers found it hard to keep their composure after these guys blasted home runs. The gritty Knights spray hits to no avail and drive defenses crazy. This of course leads to wins, then leads to some major celebrating including Gatorade showers and chest bumps. The Lynbrook Knights find that their most competitive games are against the Astoria Red Storm, so they are looking forward to a few more battles with their worthy opponents in the upcoming season. Coach Mike Sollittio compares his talented Knights team to the Major League Kansas City Royals for their abilities to overmatch their opponents with defense, small ball, and contact hitting. Coach Mike Sollitto ensures that he and his Knights give back to the community. Through strenuous fundraising, the Knights will make out a check to The Juvenile Diabetes foundation. As you can see, The Knights are an all-around team with very few weaknesses. They will be the team to beat, and a joy to watch.

FST Sharks 10U

Manager Tom Collins, and Assistant Coaches Tom McGinley, Jeff Chaisson, Steven Scafa, and Russ Pilgrim round out the coaching staff of the successful 10U FST Sharks that won the Long Island Hot Stove Columbus Day Tournament last October. The Sharks display a very energetic group of players that never give up. The Sharks roster consists of a very well-rounded group of players. Speedy #1 Jake Scafa plays the Outfield. Extremely gifted #2 Liam Collins talent is contagious when he plays First Baseman and Catcher. #4 Dennis Chaisson throws runners out at First Base from Right Field. #5 Trevor Rinn covers a ton of ground in Center Field. #7 Charlie Mckee has great range at Shortstop.  #9 Jimmy Manzella and #12 Matthew Mcginley are both outstanding Shortstops and Catchers. #10 Chris Valukis is the definition of a utility player as he shifts around the infield and outfield positions from game to game. The powerful #13 Ryan McFall shows off his strong arm at Catcher and Third Base. #16 Anthony Figueroa is the Sharks' crafty Second Baseman. Offensive Powerhouse #22 Peter Sofocli plays First Base and Designated Hitter. #23 Jack Schulz and #24 Ben Pilgrim play sound defense in the Infield. #77 Peter Davies handles the hot corner at Third Base with ease. The pitching depth of the Sharks is similar to the Major League Washington Nationals as Matthew Mcginley, Jake Scafa, Liam Collins, Dennis Chaisson, Trevor Rinn, Charlie Mckee, Jimmy Manzella, Peter Sofocli, Jack Schulz, and Ben Pilgrim are readily available to throw strikes. Off the field, the Sharks' teamwork excels just as much on the field. The mature young men assisted in helping the community by attending clinics. The Sharks devoted their time to teach the game of baseball to 4-6 year olds for over two months. Get ready to see an eye-popping display of teamwork, defense, and pitching from the Sharks this season!

Bellmore Heat 13U

Manager John Cascio and assistant Coaches Russ Safirstein, Matt Reyer, and Pat Madden are eager to see how their talented 13U Bellmore Heat have progressed over the offseason. The Heat have looked very good in offseason workouts, but anyone who knows the game of baseball knows that real progress is exposed in games. The Heat have been known to be a very dedicated and tenacious team and they expect to play on a higher level this season. The Infield is led by Shortstops #1 Andrew Cascio and #17 David Safirstein. #12 Marco Maola is solid at the corners playing First Base and Third Base. #52 Kevin Ziminski, #3 Jake Reyer and #13 Alex Bergmann have cannons for arms which is why they play Catcher and Third Base. #5 Thomas Tiongson looks forward to steal attempts from base-runners when he’s at Catcher, #27 Justin Albaum is a scooping machine at First Base, and #11 Kyle Madden and #42 Nick Giordano have great range going glove-side and back-hand at Second Base. #8 Michael Guardiola is very flexible in the Infield as he plays Second Base, Third Base, and First Base. The Heat is loaded with speedy Outfielders that just seem to love taking extra base hits away from opponent hitters. #7 Peter Safirstein, #7 Andrew Bo, Thomas Tiongson, Alex Bergmann, Jake Reyer, Kyle Madden, and Nick Giordano are the speedy Outfielders that drive opponent hitters crazy with their diving plays and laser arms. The Pitching staff is sure to add even more headaches for opponents. The Heat's pitching staff is consisted of David Safirstein, Andrew Cascio, Justin Albaum, Marco Maola, Peter Safirstein, Jake Reyer, Kyle Madden, Kevin Ziminski, and Andrew Bo. Each Pitcher contributes to the Heat's winning recipe in different styles. From change of speeds and pace to blowing hitters away, The Heat know how to simply get an out and thats why they have been so successful. Andrew Cascio leads the Heat's high-powered offense as he, Peter Safirstein, Thomas Tiongson, Marco Maola, and Alex Bergmann went deep last year and hope to hit more home runs this season. The 13U Bellmore Heat can be compared to the Major League Washington Nationals for hard-working players such as Nick Giordano, Michael Guardiola, and Alex Bergmann. The Heat also have players with enormous speed in Thomas Tiongson and Andrew Cascio. Each Heat player have different positive attributes but each player and coach makes sure to give back to the community together by fundraising locally. After a long winter filled with snow and cold, The Heat hope to be celebrating and endulging in team dinners after winning games.