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Nassau Conference A-I baseball preview

Jericho High School pitcher Mike Goren poses for

Jericho High School pitcher Mike Goren poses for a portrait outside the school on March 18, 2014. Credit: James Escher

1. CAREY SEAHAWKS

Coach: Marc Hedquist

2013 record: 15-8

Key players

Andrew Ris, P/SS, 6-2, 215, Sr.

Erick Vilchez, P/OF, 5-7, 155, Sr.

Frank Licciardi, P/OF, 5-8, 150, Sr.

Joe Davide, C, 5-10, 175, Sr.

Nick Conte, CF, 5-10, 150, Sr.

Outlook: Moving from Class AA to A. The Seahawks will be a big factor in playoffs.

2. JERICHO JAYHAWKS

Coach: Dan O'Shea

2013 record: 2-15

Key players

Michael Goren, P, 6-2, 195, Sr.

Niko Doria, C, 5-11, 165, So.

Matt Caputo, SS, 5-9, 150, Jr.

Outlook: Clemson-bound pitcher Mike Goren will need some defensive help.

3. BELLMORE JFK COUGARS

Coach: Eric Passman

2013 record: 14-8

Key players

Justin Ganca, RF, 6-1, 205, Sr.

Justin Stybel, P, 5-11, 175, Jr.

Jon Hulkhower, 1B/C, 5-10, 220, Jr.

John Astin Emory, SS, 5-10, 185, Sr.

Kelvin Pabon,OF, 5-11, 165, Jr.

Outlook: Hartford-bound Ganca hit .390 and Stybel was All-Nassau selection.

4. GARDEN CITY TROJANS

Coach: Rich Smith

2013 record: 15-7

Key players

Dave Butler, P/1B, 6-3, 185, Sr.

Tom Zwicke, 3B, 5-7, 160, Sr.

Nick Sampogne, SS/P, 5-9, 150, Sr.

Brian LoRusso, P/OF, 5-6, 145, Sr.

John Cauchi, 2B, 5-9, 165, Sr.

Outlook: Butler was 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA and Sampogne hit .385 for Trojans.

5. SOUTH SIDE CYCLONES

Coach: Tom Smith

2013 record: 17-5

Key players

Shawn Klier, 1B, 5-11, 185, Sr.

Andrew Misiaszek, P, 6-3, 195, Jr.

John Paul Cattaro, 2B, 5-11, 180, Sr.

Dan Iavarone, OF/P, 5-10, 165, Sr.

Sal Miranda, P, 6-4, 215, Jr.

Outlook: The Cyclones reload on the offensive end with Klier and Cattaro.

6. WANTAGH WARRIORS

Coach: Keith Sachs

2013 record: 19-2

Key players

Gehrig Montoro, CF, 5-9, 170, Jr.

Louis Doria, 1B/OF, 6-4, 195, Sr.

Shaun Klotsche, P, 6-4, 185, Sr.

Nick English, IF, 5-8, 210, Sr.

James Murphy, P, 6-2, 180, Jr.

Outlook: Won 13th conference title in 14 years and will be very young this year. Montoro is the offensive catalyst.

7. NEW HYDE PARK GLADIATORS

Coach: Doug Robins Jr.

2013 record: 10-9-1

Key players

James Messina, SS, 6-1, 155, So.

Chris Ferlazzo, 2B, 5-11, 155, Sr.

Brennan Scanlon, P/CF, 6-0, 180, Sr.

Cody Campson, P, 5-11, 190, Sr.

Greg Haynes, P/1B, 6-3, 195, So.

Outlook: Rebuilding season after heavy graduation of three-year starters.

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