In 2018 , Port Washington Vikings battled. During their 9-8-1 season, the Vikings’ biggest problem was their lack of experience to close out games, having 6 of the 8 losses occurring when the Vikings were winning or tied in the 6th inning. Out of the 150 total innings played, 140 of those innings were thrown by the returning senior pitchers. We spoke with Head Coach Matt Holzer he touched upon tough inconsistency woes and struggles of a young team; “This time, experience should be on our side, and we look to take advantage of that...The Vikings’ pitching staff is as deep as it’s ever been!” On the bright side, Port Washington did defeat Baldwin in a shutout 5-0 victory during the playoff play-in game, but later became eliminated by Plainview in Game 3 of their resilient series. That game went into extra innings and the Vikings dropped game 3 by the score of 3:2 in the 12th inning. With that trauma, Port Washington’s biggest competitor still remains to be Plainview. In 2019 they look to get revenge, as the two opponents will face off the first week of the season and set the tone for the course of the year.
The Vikings’ pitching staff will be led by Alex Chang, a senior who committed to play for Trinity College. Finishing the year off with a 4-1 record in 37 innings in the regular season, Chang struck out 62 batters and only allowed 22 hits. He ended the 2018 postseason with 2 starts — Baldwin and [Game 3] Plainview — and combined stats of 12.1 IP, 19 K, 4 H, and 1 ER. Filling in the number 2 spot will lead to Derek Livingston, an uncommitted junior who threw 35 innings and finished the regular season with a 3-0 record. After each start, Head Coach Holzer realized how much stronger and more dominant Livingston became. It will be expected to have Chris O’Donnell to fill in the final slot on the starting rotation, also an uncommitted junior who notably picked up the win in the 4:3 triumph over Massapequa — another strong competitor.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Vikings will have several players returning who have already made a huge impact in the varsity level. Jackson Trenaman — a senior catcher who is a great all-around player — hit a .329 BAA, including 11 extra base hits, drove in 11 runs, and scored 26 runs. He will continue to make an impact at the top of the lineup. Aaron Klug — a senior shortstop who earned All-Conference — hit a .397 BAA, including 11 extra base hits, and drove in 19 runs. Alex Chang — who also plays center field and earned All-League — hit a .382 BAA, 3 dingers, and drove in 15 runs. Sean Meth — a junior who plays at third base and relieves from the bullpen — shows to be a consistent contributor at the plate, as he drove in 13 runs and led the team with 17 walks. Also, make sure you look out for Jackson Sattinger; although his 2018 run ended early due to an injury, the reliable hitter will start at the top of the lineup, as he also a threat on the bases.
To conclude, their two biggest strengths: the deep pitching staff and depth chart. Having the 1-2 punch returning from 2018, who have shown the capability to pitch at a high level including the playoff games, they look to become much stronger for the 2019. Additionally, there is a player at each position who has experience at the varsity level, which will pay dividends down the stretch. If the Vikings play to their strengths and abilities in 2019, Port Washington can be viewed as one of the favorites to not only win the conference but also make a significant push in the postseason.