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Chaminade's catcher Straton Podaras hits in a run

Chaminade's catcher Straton Podaras hits in a run against Kellenberg in a CHSAA semifinal baseball game on Monday, May 19, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke


Coach: Mike Pienkos

2014 record: 18-6

Key Players

Brian Goulard, 1B, 6-2, 220, Sr.

Straton Podaras, C, 5-11, 175, Jr.

Beau O'Connell, 3B, 6-2, 195. Sr.

Sal Fradella, P, 6-3, 210, Sr.

Anthony Chiodi, OF, 6-2, 200, Sr.

Outlook: Podaras was the CHSAA catcher of the year as a sophomore. Goulard, O'Connell and Chiodi can swing the bat as well as anyone.


Coach: Jimmy Goelz

2014 record: 17-7

Key Players

Reiss Knehr, P, 6-2, 210, Sr.

Kyle Young, P, 6-9, 180, Jr.

Brendan Harkin, 2B, 5-9, 160, Jr.

Greg Kwiecinski, OF, 5-10, 160, Jr.

Connor Sullivan, OF, 5-10, 170, Jr.

Outlook: The Bayhawks have a solid pitching staff and tons of defensive versatility. Knehr swings well from the left side of the plate and the imposing Young locates his pitches well.


Coach: John Habyan

2014 record: 18-6

Key Players

Andrew Mundy, P, 6-1, 220, Sr.

Thomas Archer, 2B, 5-7, 170, Sr.

Thomas Columbo, 1B, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Ryan Dalton, C, 5-9, 175, Sr.

Noah Lorenzo, P, 5-8, 190, Jr.

Outlook: Experienced unit will look to win a third consecutive CHSAA title. Mundy (6-2, 1.28) and Archer (.372) are both Hofstra-bound.


Coach: Bob Malandro

2014 record: 12-13

Key Players

Sean Hogan, C, 5-10, 175, Jr.

Mike Micallef, 1B, 6-3,195, Sr.

James Brush, DH/OF, 6-2, 185, Sr.

Danny Taggart, P, 6-3, 185, Sr.

Danny Vignola, P, 6-4, 175, Jr.

Outlook: Micallef's nine HR's led the CHSAA. Hogan is a three-year starter who hit .405 and only struck out twice. Malandro is five wins away from 400.


Coach: John Phelan

2014 record: 8-10

Key Players

Jimmy Gentile, CF, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Kyle Facibene, 2B, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Ryan Coulon, 1B, 6-4, 250, Sr.

Eddie Modica, C, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Jordan Folgers, 3B, 6-0, 190, Sr.

Outlook: Offense has a special blend of speed and power. Gentile is strong defensively. Coulon can mash.


Coach: Brandon Kurz

2014 record: 6-16

Key Players

Alvin Melendez, P, 6-0, 180, Jr.

Dennys De Los Santos, C, 6-0, 195, Jr.

Austin Takvor, SS, 5-9, 175, Jr.

Mike Penoro, P, 5-11, 185, Sr.

John Hayes, OF, 6-0, 170, Jr.

Outlook: A strong pitching staff will look to improve upon best season since 1978. Melendez hit .400 and is verbally committed to Fordham.


Coach: Chris Alfalla

2014 record: 11-14

Key Players

Mike Greene, SS, 5-11, 185, Sr.

Joe Del Vicario, 2B, 5-11, 175, Sr

Rob Weissheir, C, 6-4, 200, Jr.

Jason Delucia, OF, 6-0, 185, Jr.

Joe Bortko, P, 6-0, 160, Sr.

Outlook: Bortko and Tom Weber return to a rotation that features three new starters. Greene hit .417 with three HR and 16 RBI.


Long Island Lutheran

Coach: Michael Naclerio

2014 record: 10-7

Key players

Brandon Jefferson, CF, 5-6, 160, Sr.

Smith Brickner, P, 5-8, 175, Sr.

Kendon Strachan, P/3B, 5-9, 170, Jr.

Darian Rivas, RF, 5-9, 185, Jr.

Noah Bastian, C/UTIL, 5-8, 185, Sr.

Outlook: Brickner, Strachan and Tyler Revan headline a deep pitching staff that is backed by experienced outfielders Jefferson and Rivas.

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