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Suffolk League I baseball preview

Longwood starting pitcher Andruw Gazzola delivers a pitch

Longwood starting pitcher Andruw Gazzola delivers a pitch in a game against Commack on April 25, 2013. Credit: George A. Faella

1. LONGWOOD LIONS

Coach: David DelFranco

2013 record: 13-9

Key players

Andruw Gazzola, P/SS, 6-1, 200, Sr.

Aaron Floyd, RF, 6-1, 160, Sr.

Camden Orologio, C/1B, 6-4, 195, Sr.

Chris Weiss, 3B/P, 5-10, 200, Sr.

Tim Kennedy, P/Util, 5-11, 180, Sr.

Outlook: A strong senior class makes them a threat for a league title.

2. WARD MELVILLE PATRIOTS

Coach: Lou Petrucci

2013 record: 20-6

Key players

Joe Flynn, 3B/P, 6-2, 185, Jr.

Chris Cepeda, 2B/P, 5-11, 155, Sr.

Phil Carballeira, 1B/P, 6-2, 200, Sr.

Kyle Pedroli, C, 5-11, 195, Sr.

Nick Vitale, SS, 5-5, 155, So.

Outlook: Solid pitching behind Cepeda (13 shutout innings in playoffs).

3. PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD RAIDERS

Coach: Anthony Frascogna

2013 record: 10-10

Key players

PJ Martino, P/OF, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Nick Clemente, P, 6-2, 175, Sr.

Andrew Garcia, P/3B, 6-0, 215, Jr.

Rich Ciufo, SS, 5-11, 175, Jr.

Matt Codispoti, C, 6-2, 185, Jr.

Outlook: Strong in defense and pitching, led by Martino and Clemente.

4. COMMACK COUGARS

Coach: Edward Boll

2013 record: 17-7

Key players

Jesse Berardi, SS, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Robert Paccione, P, 6-1, 185, Sr.

William Monroy, CF, 5-8, 185, Sr.

Vincent Negri, P, 6-1, 170, Sr.

Mike Smith, 1B, 6-2, 190, Jr.

Outlook: Solid defense, good team speed.

5. SACHEM EAST FLAMING ARROWS

Coach: Kevin Schnupp

2013 record: 16-7

Key players

Ryan Mero, C/P, 6-3, 205, Sr.

Christian Steigerwald, SS/2B, 5-6, 145, Jr.

Tom Bashen, CF/P, 6-2, 185, Sr.

Joe Murphy, P/3B, 6-0, 175, Sr.

Nick Russo, SS/2B, 5-8, 165, Sr.

Outlook: They move to a tough conference after graduating key players.

6. BRENTWOOD INDIANS

Coach: Joe LaCova

2013 record: 1-19

Key players

Joe Maselli, SS/P, 5-6, 170, Jr.

Chris Melendez, C/1B, 5-10, 200, Jr.

Kelvin Mancebo, CF, 5-8, 160, Sr.

Keishan Pierce, P, 5-10, 190, Sr.

Claudio Concepcion, LF/P, 5-10, 175, Sr.

Outlook: Could contend for a playoff spot behind a more experienced crew.

7. FLOYD COLONIALS

Coach: Glenn Davis

2013 record: 7-13

Key players

Anthony Lazar, SS/P, 5-9, 175, Jr.

Mike Trypaluk, 2B, 5-10, 160, Sr.

Nick Verbeeck, OF, 6-1, 170, Sr.

Hunter Kaucky, P/1B, 5-10, 160, So.

DJ Waters, OF, 6-0, 170, Jr.

Outlook: It's a rebuilding year, but Lazar could make it interesting.

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