CHSAA baseball preview

Andrew Mundy of St. John the Baptist poses

Andrew Mundy of St. John the Baptist poses for a portrait during the Newsday varsity baseball season preview photo shoot at company headquarters on March 17, 2014. (Credit: James Escher)

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST COUGARS

Coach: John Habyan

2013 record: 21-6

Key players

Tom Archer, 2B, 5-8, 165, Jr.

Andrew Mundy, P, 6-0, 195, Jr.

Pat Lagravinese, SS/P, 5-11, 175, Jr.

Tom Columbo, 1B/OF, 5-10, 175, Jr.

Ryan Dalton, C, 5-7, 170, Jr.

Outlook: Young squad with deep pitching back to defend the CHSAA title.

CHAMINADE FLYERS

Coach: Mike Pienkos

2013 record: 13-10

Key players

Brendan Spagnuolo, P, 6-2, 180, Sr.

Jim McCarty, P, 6-1, 180, Sr.

Brian Lynch, P, 6-3, 190, Sr.

Luke Zeccola, SS, 6-0, 175, Sr.

Mike Cavallaro, CF, 5-10, 160, Sr.

Outlook: Vanderbilt-bound Brendan Spagnuolo is staff ace and the key to title.

KELLENBERG FIREBIRDS

Coach: Chris Alfalla

2013 record: 10-10

Key players

Mike Abrams, P, 6-0, 175, Sr.

James Coyne, P, 6-2, 180, Sr.

Dom Ciardullo, 1B/3B, 5-11, 180, Sr.

Christian Tessitore, P, 6-2, 190, Sr.

Outlook: Rotation of Abrams, Coyne and Tessitore will have the Firebirds in the hunt.

ST. ANTHONY'S FRIARS

Coach: John Phelan

2013 record: 13-10

Key players

Jimmy Gentile, CF, 5-9, 170, Jr.

Tyler Hill, P, 6-2, 215, Sr.

Brandon Cruz, P, 6-2, 225, Sr.

Jordan Behr, C/OF, 6-1, 180, Sr.

Nick Osma, 3B, 6-1, 185, Sr.

Outlook: Speedy Gentile will be offensive catalyst for Friars.

ST. MARY'S GAELS

Coach: Brandon Kurz

2013 record: 0-19

Key players

Alvin Melendez, CF/P, 6-0, 165, So.

Albert Estwick, OF, 5-11, 165, Sr.

Mike Penoro, P. 5-10, 170, Jr.

Austin Takvor, SS, 5-8, 165, So.

Dylan Assemi, IF/P, 5-10, 165, So.

Outlook: Young core of players looking to build a foundation for winning.

ST. DOMINIC BAYHAWKS

Coach: Chris Tranchina

2013 record: 18-8

Key players

Brady Renner, P, 6-3, 190, Sr.

Mark Flynn, OF, 6-3, 185, Sr.

Chris Johnson, OF/P, Sr.

Reiss Knehr, SS/P, Jr.

Jack McCarty, C, Sr.

Outlook: Tranchina, the long-time assistant promoted to head coach, will keep Bayhawks on top with Renner as the ace.

HOLY TRINITY TITANS

Coach: Bob Malandro

2013 record: 12-11

Key players

Sean Hogan, C, 5-9, 165, So.

Maurizio DeVita, P/OF, Sr.

Cameron Hayes, P/OF, 6-1, 170, Jr.

Zack O'Connor, 3B, 5-11, 170, Jr.

Mike Micalef, 1B, 6-2, 185, Jr.

Outlook: Hoping to avoid the quick start, fast fade of 2012. But team is young.

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