In the 2018 season North Shore Vikings finished with a 15-3 record in the A-3 conference. We spoke with Head Varsity Baseball Coach Scott Lineman with his outlook for the 2019 season. Before diving into the 2019 season we wanted to note that Head Coach Lineman had won his 100th career game at North Shore as their last playoff victory, which is an impressive feat being head coach for only six seasons. In regards to this particular group of young men they will be handling in 2019 are extremely dedicated and motivated to compete for the county championship. Nassau County baseball has taken notice on the Vikings’ physical and mental toughness shown on the field. Not only have the North Shore sluggers conquered the county with the most home runs last season (11), but nearly half the team — ten seniors — will return for this season to mentor the younger players. Despite falling just short in the playoffs to Wantagh last season, the Vikings look to seek revenge and compete for the championship.
One word to describe the Vikings overall: Experienced. The North Shore Vikings are well-roundedly senior driven depth chart that will help them compete against any team in the county. Luckily for North Shore, the team is playing around the seniors, the whole pitching staff from last year will return collectively. Out of the ten seniors returning this season, half of them have won Nassau County awards including All-League, All-Conference, and All-County. In addition to the fact that the team has a great number of players to rely on, the seniors on the North Shore squad have a developed chemistry, they all have played together for a very long time from Little League and also have playoff experience at the varsity level. Now, these are some of the key players for the Vikings.
David Aufiero, a senior who is committed to Sacred Heart and the ace and shortstop for the Vikings. Being noted as a Top-100 player — according to Newsday — and the 2018 Diamond Award nominee, the All-County recipient is feared by the whole Nassau County baseball. He ended the season with a 7-1 record, along with a 1.14 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 49 innings. The three-year varsity starter looks to continue to make more noise in the season.
Matt Lewin, a senior who is committed to Bard College and the centerfielder for the Vikings. He led the North Shore squad with a .362 BAA. In addition, he hit 2 homers, scored 22 runs, and stole 12 bases during last season’s outings. Aside from his phenomenal offensive abilities, Lewin is more known for his “rocket” arm, as he recorded 3 outfield assists in the previous season. He won All-Conference in 2018.
Michael Tedesco, a senior who started the past 2 seasons as the first bsaemen. The All-League recipient exceptionally hit a .338 BBA, with 3 homeruns and 17 RBIs. The powerhouse will continue to give leverage for the Vikings as the cleanup in the batting order.
Will Scarola, a junior (3 Sport Varsity Athlete) who can play in the outfield slots and the shortstop for the Vikings. Scarola has hit for a .353 BAA, with 12 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. The superb athlete will be expected to play multiple positions, while hitting at the top of the order.
Prepping during the offseason was never an issue for the North Shore Vikings; right after the football season ended, the Vikings went right to training including weight training, batting practice, and a throwing program. On top of that, North Shore is looking to bring up a few significant players from their farm system that definitely help contribute to the team.Although the A-4 conference seems to be a great challenge for the Vikings, don’t count out North Shore, as they look forward to make a county championship run and successfully win for the first time since 2004.