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Nassau League A-II baseball preivew

An outstanding diving catch by Plainedge's centerfielder

An outstanding diving catch by Plainedge's centerfielder Ryan McGrane against Division on May 4, 2015. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

DIVISION BLUE DRAGONS

Coach: Tom Tuttle

2015 Record: 26-5

Key players

Ronmel Ocampo, IF/P, 6-1, 210, Sr.

Brandon O’Brien, P/1B, 6-1, 175, Jr.

Sean Cook, C, 5-10, 175, Sr.

Nick Tomaselli, OF, 5-7, 185, Sr.

Sean Parocki, OF, 5-11, 175, Jr.

Outlook: All-County returner Ocampo hit .420 with 4 home runs and 40 RBI and will help lead a team that lost seven starters.

HEWLETT BULLDOGS

Coach: Andrew DeBernardo

2015 Record: 5-12

Key players

Aaron Cados, SS/P, 6-3, 210, Sr.

Josh Pincus, 1B/2B, 5-9, 170, Sr.

Andrew Genovese, P/CF, 5-7, 140, Sr.

Mike Curiel, 1B/3B, 6-3, 275, Sr.

Chris Rodriguez, C/OF, 5-6, 185, So.

Outlook: Curiel and Rodriguez are returning all-league players. Cados and Genovese will head the pitching staff.

NEW HYDE PARK GLADIATORS

Coach: Doug Robins

2015: 10-9

Key players

James Messina, P/SS, 6-1, 170, Sr.

Greg Haynes, P, 6-4, 210, Sr.

Lou Plomitallo, P, 6-1, 165, Sr.

Steve Teixeira, 3B, 5-11, 185, Sr.

Mark Chambers, OF, 5-10, 165, Sr.

Outlook: The Gladiators return top three pitchers from last year, including Messina, who will attend Molloy next season.

PLAINEDGE RED DEVILS

Coach: Colin Fratrik

2015 Record: 18-8

Key players

Ryan McGrane, CF, 5-9, 165, Sr.

Vinny Biordi, 2B/SS, 5-10, 150, Sr.

Pat Reilly, P, 6-5, 245, Sr.

Billy Wildeman, P, 6-0, 175, Jr.

Luke Lospitalier, C, 5-9, 170, Sr.

Outlook: McGrane, who hit three home runs and had 11 extra base hits, 24 runs and 11 stolen bases, will lead a team looking to win the title.

ROSLYN BULLDOGS

Coach: Dan Freeman

2015 Record: 3-16

Key players

Spencer Shores, 1B/3B, 6-2, 220, Sr.

Justin Bash, P/OF, 5-9, 170, Sr.

Adam Combs, OF, 5-10, 170, Jr.

Renny Zucker, OF, 5-11, 195, Sr.

Ben Faber, C, 5-10, 170, Jr.

Outlook: Experienced squad heavy on senior leadership will depend on its pitching staff.

SOUTH SIDE CYCLONES

Coach: Thomas Smith

2015 Record: 15-8

Key players

TJ Avgerinos, P, 5-10, 175, Sr.

Brendan Condon, P, 6-2, 195, Sr.

Tony Izzo, IF, 5-11, 180, Sr.

Kyle Shutkind, OF/P, 6-1, 170, Sr.

Mike Angelis, OF, 5-10, 165, Sr.

Outlook: All-League pitcher TJ Avgerinos struck out 62 in 36 innings and leads a strong staff. Condon went 4-2 with a 1.96 ERA.

WANTAGH WARRIORS

Coach: Keith Sachs

2015 Record: 12-10

Key players

Will O’Brien, P/OF/IF, 6-2, 210, Sr.

Jimmy Joyce, P/IF/OF, 6-2, 215, Jr.

Anthony D’Onofrio, 5-8, 165, So.

Joe Murphy, 6-0, 175, Sr.

Anthony Fontana, 6-4, 220, So.

Outlook: A-I MVP Will O’Brien (6-1, 0.51 ERA, 83 strikeouts) leads a talented pitching staff. Joyce is a versatile athlete who hit .338 with five home runs.

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