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Nassau Conference A-III baseball preview

Nick Daley of North Shore poses for a

Nick Daley of North Shore poses for a portrait on Friday, March 21, 2014. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

1. LAWRENCE GOLDEN TORNADOES

Coach: Dennis Leonard

2013 record: 6-14

Key players

Joe Capobianco, SS/P, 5-11, 180, Sr.

Joe Montilli, C/3B, 5-10, 200, Sr.

James Notarnicola, C/P, 5-10, 160, Jr.

Matt Greenwald, P/OF, 5-8,170, Sr.

Rich Gauthier, P/2B, 5-10, 160, Jr.

Outlook: Return of Capobianco to diamond is a big plus for Golden Tornadoes.

2. BETHPAGE GOLDEN EAGLES

Coach: Robert Fisher

2013 record: 12-8

Key players

Francisco Almanzar, C, 5-10, 171, Sr.

Michael Tancredi, SS, 5-10, 162, Sr.

Nick Marino, 3B, 5-11, 180, Sr.

Mike Baggia, OF, 5-11, 170, Sr.

Jon Chao, P/3B, 5-10, 175, Sr.

Outlook: Big hitting catcher Francisco Almanzar (.375, 10 RBI) leads the way.

3. GLEN COVE BIG RED

Coach: Kevin Nolan

2013 record: 7-9-1

Key players

Anthony Martino, P/SS, 6-0, 175, Sr.

Josh Figueroa, P/SS, 6-1, 165, Sr.

Kevin Shannon, C, 6-0, 160, Jr.

Jon Capobianco, 3B, 5-7, 160, Jr.

Outlook: Graduated only one player and missed playoffs. Experience a key now.

4. FLORAL PARK KNIGHTS

Coach: Paul Pugliese

2013 record: 10-6-1

Key players

Mitch Calandra, C, 5-10, 170, Jr.

Chris Stefl, P, 6-1, 185, Fr.

Alex Cerrone, OF, 5-8, 170, Sr.

Brian Barry, IF, 6-2, 180, Jr.

Henry Cochran, OF, 6-1, 198, Sr.

Outlook: Seven starters return led by .435 hitting catcher Mitch Calandra.

5. LYNBROOK OWLS

Coach: Al Marrazzo

2013 record: 9-10

Key players

Nick Roepken, C, 6-0, 215, Jr.

Paul Papandrew, 3B/P, 6-0, 175, Sr.

Anthony Mackie, 2B, 5-10, 160, Sr.

Brian Pavone, P, 6-0, 170, Sr.

Matt Hargadon, P/OF, 5-8, 175, Sr.

Outlook: Transfer shortstop Luke Aprile of Kellenberg is a fantastic defender.

6. VALLEY STREAM SOUTH FALCONS

Coach: Ken Ward

2013 record: 9-10

Key players

Andrew Labeck, SS/P, 6-0, 165, Sr.

Tyler Gill, CF/P, 6-2, 175, Jr.

Marino Sorbara, 2B, 5-11, 160, Sr.

James Cannon, RF, 6-2, 195, Jr.

Brian Donnelly, P/1B, 5-11, 165, So.

Outlook: Labeck leads Falcons on mound (5-1, 3.09 ERA) and at plate (15 RBI).

7. NORTH SHORE VIKINGS

Coach: Scott Lineman

2013 record: 12-9

Key players

Tim Maxwell, P/1B, 6-3, 200, Sr.

Nick Daley, P/C, 5-10, 195, Sr.

Ryan Perro, P/1B, 6-1, 175, Sr.

Billy Bianco, SS/2B, 5-7, 140, Jr.

Jack Aughavin, P/LF, 5-10, 160, Jr.

Outlook: Catcher Nick Daley is very good and will guide a young staff.

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