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Nassau Conference AA-I baseball preview

Oceanside starting pitcher Kyle Martin delivers against MacArthur

Oceanside starting pitcher Kyle Martin delivers against MacArthur in a Nassau Class AA baseball final on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

FARMINGDALE DALERS

Coach: Frank Tassielli

2015 record: 8-9

Key players

Angus McCloskey, P/1B, 6-3, 195, Jr.

James Boria, C, 5-9, 165, Sr.

Matt Fierst, OF, 5-10, 175, Jr.

Max Cohen, 2B/P, 5-9, 165, Sr.

Anthony Burriesci, CF, 5-9, 165, Jr.

Outlook: After making three appearances on the hill last year, McCloskey and his mid-80s fastball will slide into the No. 1 slot on the pitching staff.

FREEPORT RED DEVILS

Coach: Roberto Delgado

2015 record: 3-17

Key players

Justin Lake, 1B/P, 6-2, 200, Sr.

Antonio Diaz, C/3B, 6-0, 180, Sr.

Argenis Henriquez, IF, 6-0, 170, Jr.

Anthony Lamar, C, 6-0, 190, Soph.

Braylin Marine, IF, 6-0, 160, Soph.

Outlook: Lake’s .305 batting average is the best among the returnees. Lamar will enable Diaz to play some third base, bolstering both the lineup and defense.

MASSAPEQUA CHIEFS

Coach: Tom Sheedy

2015 record: 13-8

Key players

Chris Keenan, P, 6-4, 215, Sr.

Pat Clyne, P, 6-2, 195, Sr.

James Magaldi, P, 6-2, 220, Sr.

Kyle McLernon, CF, 5-8, 160, Sr.

Chris Wasson, SS, 6-1, 160, Jr.

Outlook: The Chiefs are deep, especially with Keenan, Clyne and Magaldi on the mound.

OCEANSIDE SAILORS

Coach: Mike Postilio

2015 record: 14-11-1

Key players

Kyle Martin, SS/P, 6-2, 195, Sr.

Nick Vlahakis, CF/P, 5-7, 165, Sr.

Dylan Judd, C/P, 6-1, 180, Soph.

Mike Pagona, 2B/P, 5-11, 165, Sr.

Max Jennings, P/1B, 6-2, 195, Jr.

Outlook: Martin, a two-time league MVP, hit .452 and went 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA last year, leading Oceanside into the county championship.

SYOSSET BRAVES

Coach: Pat Fitzgerald

2015 record: 11-7

Key players

Joe Maracic, SS, 5-11, 160, Sr.

John Jaroslawski, 1B, 5-10, 175, Sr.

Skylar Graff, 2B/P, 5-7, 160, Sr.

Brett Stein, 3B, 5-7, 200, Sr.

Griffin Laine, P, 6-1, 170, Jr.

Outlook: A strong, experienced infield will back up a young pitching staff, led by Laine, Angelo Brucculeri, Jordan Rappaport and Jack Simon.

UNIONDALE KNIGHTS

Coach: Ciro Gentile

2015 record: 13-6

Key players

Ali Ghriaz, 3B/SS, 5-10, 185, Sr.

Jeffrey Peralta, P/SS, 6-0, 5-10, 195, Sr.

Nestor Berrios, P/IF, 5-9, 155, Sr.

Justin Cunningham, P/CF, 5-10, 145, Jr.

Andrew Escalera, C, 6-0, 205, Sr.

Outlook: Ghriaz, Peralta and Berrios were All-Conference players last year in Countywide. They combined for 76 RBIs.

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