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Nassau Conference AA-III baseball preview

Chris Melito of Calhoun poses for a portrait

Chris Melito of Calhoun poses for a portrait on Friday, March 21, 2014. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

1. CALHOUN COLTS

Coach: Joe Corea

2013 record: 13-8

Key players

Chris Melito, P/CF, 5-9, 165, Sr.

Zach Mastrangelo, P, 5-10, 175, Sr.

Colin Lowe, P, 5-10, 175, Sr.

Corey Furia, C, 6-1, 185, Sr.

Nick Fronte, 2B, 5-7, 155, Sr.

Outlook: Pitching is a strength again for the favored Colts.

2. MEPHAM PIRATES

Coach: Bill Murphy

2013 record: 12-6

Key players

Dylan Stock, C/P, 6-2, 180, Sr.

Dom Bove, 1B, 6-1, 185, Sr.

Ben Hoffman, 3B, 6-1, 180, Sr.

Reed Gonsowski, IF, 6-0, 170, Sr.

Connor Gordon, P, Injured, Sr.

Outlook: Loss of Gordon [Davidson] leaves huge void in pitching rotation.

3. HERRICKS HIGHLANDERS

Coach: Rich Bizelia

2013 record: 5-14

Key players

Anthony Miraglia, 1B/P, 5-9, 160, Jr.

Adeel Bari, P/3B, 5-5, 115, Jr.

Zach Osieczkowski, P/OF, 5-10, 170, So.

Tyler Idaspe, P/OF, 5-10, 160, Sr.

Frank DiSanto, P/OF, 5-10, 160, Sr.

Outlook: Will start five sophomores, two juniors in a young lineup.

4. LONG BEACH MARINES

Coach: Jason Zizza

2013 record: 8-12

Key players

Anthony Bianchini, 2B, 5-10, 165, Sr.

Eric Zeppa, C/P, 6-1, 190, Jr.

Alec Bernarbeo, 3B/P, 5-11, 170, Sr.

Michael Heiss, OF, 6-0, 170, Sr.

Tim Brosnan, 1B/C, 5-8, 165, Jr.

Outlook: Looking to build on first playoff appearance in five years.

5. ELMONT INDIANS

Coach: Robert Gates

2013 record: 6-13

Key players

Darius Velez, SS/P, 6-0, 175, Sr.

Malik Todd, 1B, 6-1, 175, Sr.

Eliseo Aybar, P/OF, 5-11, 160, Sr.

Chris Rodriguez, 2B/P, 5-11, 150, Sr.

Felipe Mejia, P/OF, 5-11, 175, Jr.

Outlook: Gates doing extremely good job. Spartans move from Countywide.

6. GREAT NECK SOUTH REBELS

Coach: Ciro Ambrosio

2013 record: 13-4

Key players

Warren Kelly, OF, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Dan Hodes, P, 6-3, 200, Jr.

Anthony Ortiz, C, 5-7, 180, Sr.

Rasul Raham, 5-9, 165, So.

Mitchell Cohen, P, 5-11, 170, Jr.

Outlook: Moving out from Countywide League after winning title.

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