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Nassau Conference A-II baseball preview

Plainedge shortstop Jimmy Mendyk sets himself before throwing

Plainedge shortstop Jimmy Mendyk sets himself before throwing to first base for an out during a Nassau County varsity baseball game vs. host Division on May 7, 2013. Credit: James Escher

1. PLAINEDGE RED DEVILS

Coach: Colin Fratrik

2013 record: 18-10

Key players

Jimmy Mendyk, SS, 6-0, 195, Sr.

Michael Dotzler, 3B, 5-6, 160, Sr.

Tom Read, P/OF, 5-10, 195, Sr.

John Daniello, P, 6-2, 185, Sr.

Vinny Biordi, 2B, 5-9, 160, So.

Outlook: Strength is in the middle infield led by SS Mendyk (.376 hitter).

2. DIVISION BLUE DRAGONS

Coach: Tom Tuttle

2013 record: 15-6

Key players

Anthony Papa, P/OF, 6-2, 215, Jr.

Mark Martinez, C/P, 5-10, 185, Sr.

Joe Spitaleri, SS, 6-0, 200, Sr.

Chris Reilly, 1B/P, 6-2, 210, Sr.

Joe Piscitelli, CF, 5-9, 170, Jr.

Outlook: Blue Dragons are loaded with

talent behind ace Papa and Reilly.

3. SEWANHAKA INDIANS

Coach: Mike Ryan

2013 record: 16-2

Key players

David Johnston, 2B/SS, 6-0, 170, Sr.

Niko Rullo, C, 6-1, 170, So.

Nick Parasconda, P/OF, 5-6, 160, So.

Adrian Harris, P/OF, 5-11, 165, Jr.

Vincent Gennarelli, 1B/P, 6-0, 175, So.

Outlook: Very young lineup led by SS Johnston (.386 hitter).

4. HEWLETT BULLDOGS

Coach: Andy DeBernardo

2013 record: 7-9-1

Key players

Alex Messados, OF, 6-1, 195, Sr.

Zach Metz, SS, 5-9, 175, Sr.

Josh Pincus, 2B/P, 5-8, 160, So.

Matt Brodsky, P, 6-0, 170., Sr.

Zach Benaharon, P/OF, 6-2, 195, Sr.

Outlook: Strong finish put Bulldogs in post-season. They want to build on that.

5. GREAT NECK NORTH BLAZERS

Coach: James Bailin

2013 record: 0-19

Key players

Ross Crames, CF, 5-10, 185, Jr.

Zach Schreiber, P/IF, 5-10, 175, Jr.

Hunter Bines, OF, 5-11, 190, Sr.

Tyler Weiss, 3B/1B/P, 6-0, 180, Jr.

Jake Guggenheimer, C, 5-8, 165, So.

Outlook: How about 16 of 19 lossess were to playoff teams? Club is maturing.

6. ROSLYN BULLDOGS

Coach: Dan Freeman

2013 record: 0-19

Key players

Brendan Seidman, P/RF, 5-8, 170, Sr.

Spencer Rabin, P/1B, 6-1, 150, Sr.

Ben Rashbaum, LF/1B, 6-2, 160, Sr.

Alex Epprecht, 3B, 5-9, 160, Sr.

Outlook: Experienced starting pitching of Seidman, Takvor and Rabin for Bulldogs.

7. MANHASSET INDIANS

Coach: Brian Corbo

2013 record: 7-14

Key players

Matt Basso, CF, 6-0, 190, Sr.

Christian Winnitzki, P, 5-10, 170, Sr.

Alex Anderson, 1B, 6-1, 185, Jr.

Joe Enea, 3B/P, 6-3, 175, Jr.

Ryan Lennon, P/C, 5-11, 175, Sr.

Outlook: Basso (.394 hitter) leads an Indians club looking for a 3-peat.

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