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Massapequa High School shortstop #19 Bobby Honeyman laces

Massapequa High School shortstop #19 Bobby Honeyman laces a tie-breaking, two-run single into right field with two outs in the top sixth inning. (April 30, 2012) Credit: James Escher

1. MASSAPEQUA CHIEFS

Coach: Tom Sheedy

2013 record: 20-6

Key players

Bobby Honeyman, SS/P, 6-0, 170, Sr.

Alex Cosenza, P, 6-0, 175, Sr.

Nick Garland, C, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Phil Michel, P/3B, 5-11, 175, Sr.

Matt Diesel, OF, 5-9, 175, Sr.

Outlook: Cosenza [All-LI] and Honeyman back to defend Nassau Class AA crown.

2. FREEPORT RED DEVILS

Coach: Roberto Delgado

2013 record: 8-9

Key players

Raymond Lopez, P, 5-11, 154, Jr.

Antonio Diaz, IF, 5-11, 170, So.

Wesley Harwood, P, 6-1, 160, Sr.

Endy Villalona, SS/P, 5-10, 165, Sr.

Arian Munoz, IF, 6-0, 170, Sr.

Outlook: Red Devils continue to improve and missed the playoffs by a game.

3. SYOSSET BRAVES

Coach: Pat Fitzgerald

2013 record: 15-10

Key players

Alex Perry, SS/P, 5-8, 175, Sr.

Stephen Hutchingson, C, 5-11, 165, Sr.

Jake Mitchnick, CF/P, 5-11, 163, Jr.

Brandon Haffer-Vivas, P, 6-2, 165, Sr.

Derek Spillane, OF/P, 5-11, 170, Jr.

Outlook: Braves will compete for conference crown behind team leader Perry.

4. FARMINGDALE DALERS

Coach: Frank Tassielli

2013 record: 10-9

Key players

Anthony Speelman, SS, 5-9, 165, Sr.

Bryan Kaufman, P, 6-0, 185, Sr.

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

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

Sean Turturro, P/1B, 5-11, 190, Jr.

Outlook: Heavy graduation of 16 seniors left Dalers with little experience this year.

5. OCEANSIDE SAILORS

Coach: Mike Postilio

2013 record: 15-7

Key players

Chris Hood, P/CF, 6-2, 180, Sr.

Jake Santamaria, P/OF, 6-3, 175, Sr.

Tom Pallatto, 1B/P, 6-2, 170, Sr.

Pat Broder, OF/P, 6-0, 175, Sr.

Kyle Martin, SS, 6-2, 172, So.

Outlook: Pitching depth led by Hood will keep Sailors in every series.

6. HICKSVILLE COMETS

Coach: Frank Ciaramitaro

2013 record: 17-4-1

Key players

Michael Reilly, CF/P, 6-0, 185, Sr.

Nick Schoen, P/1B, 6-1, 170, Sr.

Andrew Purcell, IF, 5-10, 175, Jr.

Kyle Cashman, SS, 6-2, 190, Sr.

Anthony Salamone, C, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Outlook: All-Around skills of versatile Reilly will lead the experienced Comets.

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