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Nassau Baseball Rankings
1. MacArthur (7-2) – MacArthur stumbled against Clarke last week, but regrouped with a stellar four-hit, nine strikeout pitching performance by Josh Barry to defeat Freeport, 4-1. Barry, the team’s third pitcher, has been a revelation this year and has already notched three wins – allowing only one earned run in those three starts.
2. Calhoun (7-3) – It was a banner week for Calhoun, which swept Massapequa, outscoring the Chiefs 25-6 in Game 2. The team has gone yard four times in the past three games, including a two-run home run by Joe Saladino in the top of the seventh to win the first game against Massapequa, 2-1.
3. Plainview JFK (6-3) – JFK lost its first league game against Farmingdale April 23, but has otherwise remained a solid presence atop AA-II.
4. Carey (5-4) – The Seahawks showed their mettle with a 9-1 barrage against AA-I-leading MacArthur last week thanks to a phenomenal pitching performance by John Augello in his first varsity win.
5. Hicksville (8-2) – Pitcher Ricky Williams has two wins during the Comets’ four-game win streak, while Zach Kenny is 7-for-10, with seven RBIs and three runs during a three-game stretch.
6. Herricks (6-2) - John Quinn went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and Aris Stilidiatis went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to lead Herricks over Port Washington, 12-6 on Friday.
7. Uniondale (8-2) - Senior Erik Jose was 3-for-4 with a career-high two homers, both three-run shots, to lead Uniondale over Port Washington, 12-4, in AA-II. On the mound, he allowed five hits and struck out 14 in the win.
8. Baldwin (5-4) - Eddie Murer was 3-for-3 with a home run, three stolen bases and two RBIs in a win against Massapequa.
9. Farmingdale (4-3) – Farmingdale proved itself with a 10-7 win against conference-leader Plainview JFK last week, helmed by Glen Cinelli, who pitched 6 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts and didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning.
10. Oceanside (4-4-1) – The Sailors have suffered two tough losses of late: a three home run onslaught by Mepham (one was a grand slam) and a 1-0 squeaker against East Meadow.
1. Island Trees (6-3) – Bryan Verbitsky earned the win in his first varsity start of the season – a four-hitter against Glen Cove. Verbitsky allowed one earned run and struck out eight.
2. Clarke (7-3) – Despite falling to Bethpage, the Rams continue strong – winning four of their last five with sweeps of Wantagh and Plainedge.
3. Wantagh (7-3) – The Warriors defeated Island Trees, 8-5 on the power of a two-run sixth inning home run by Michael Rumel. The teams continue to jostle for first place and split the two game series.
4. Mineola (7-2) – The Conference A-II team has won its last six games, including a 14-13 nail-biter against Valley Stream North – highlighted by a gutsy performance by reliever Nick Moran, who pitched his way out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the victory.
5. Division (6-3) – Division has scored 32 runs in its past three games, including a career day for Matt Cruz against Garden City. Cruz went 3-for-3 with three home runs and six RBIs.
6. Garden City (6-3) - James Cauchi was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a two-out two-run homer in the third inning in the Trojans 9-7 win over Glen Cove.
7. Valley Stream South (9-1) – VSS is beating up on Conference A-III and has averaged more than 11 runs in its past six games. During that stretch, they’ve outscored opponents 69-17.
8. Oyster Bay (10-1) – The Baymen haven’t lost a game since April 1 and Jake Robinson and Joe Siringo have combined for three wins each in the stretch.
9. Lynbrook (6-2-1) – Lynbrook has scored 23 runs in its past two games.
10. North Shore (6-3) – North Shore is on a four-game winning streak, led by Cody Johnson, who threw a complete game with one earned run, three hits, five strikeouts and one walk against Floral Park