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8. SACHEM NORTH

8. SACHEM NORTH
Credit: James Escher

1. SACHEM NORTH FLAMING ARROWS

Coach: Tom Gambino

2013 record: 9-11

Key players

Steven Foster, CF, 5-11, 180, Sr.

Dennis Buckstein, P, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Rob Sciarrotta, P/3B/OF, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Tom Strazza, P/IF, 5-10, 150, Sr.

Tyler Sutton, P, 5-9, 165, Jr.

Outlook: Senior-heavy team is led by Foster, a leadoff hitter with power.

2. CONNETQUOT THUNDERBIRDS

Coach: Anthony Ambrosini

2013 record: 17-7

Key players

Matt Buckshaw, P, 6-1, 210, Sr.

Dwayne Page, C, 6-2, 180, Sr.

Jeff Sarra, OF, 5-10, 175, Sr.

Dave Brehm, OF, 5-10, 185, Jr.

Brandon Morse, 1B, 6-3, 185, Jr.

Outlook: Stony Brook-bound Buckshaw is the key to a title run.

3. HILLS EAST THUNDERBIRDS

Coach: Tim Belz

2013 record: 13-7

Key players

Rich Villa, C, 6-1, 230, Jr.

Brandon Bonomo, P/DH, 6-3, 180, Jr.

Matt Schwartz, OF, 5-10, 185, Jr.

Jordan Milo, 2B, 5-10, 170, Jr.

Francis Gacek, P, 6-5, 200, Sr.

Outlook: The core of the lineup returns. A strong start is vital.

4. LINDENHURST BULLDOGS

Coach: Mike Canobbio

2013 record: 8-12

Key players

Zach Wilkins, P/1B, 6-0, 175, Sr.

Paul Bosch, C, 5-10, 170, Sr.

Anthony Lanzieri, P/OF, 5-10, 170, Sr.

Tom Navarro, P/3B, 5-11, 175, Sr.

Dave Kettell, OF, 5-11, 170, Sr.

Outlook: Very competitive behind Wilkins (20 RBI) and Soriano.

5. NORTHPORT TIGERS

Coach: John DeMartini

2013 record: 7-11

Key players

Peter Caravousanos, SS, 5-11, 157, Sr.

Trevor Fox, C, 5-9, 170, Jr.

James Magnuson, P/1B, 6-1, 175, Jr.

Alex Santoro, P/OF, 5-11, 174, Sr.

Ryan Carr, P/3B, 6-0, 185, Sr.

Outlook: They'll need to develop their pitching beyond Magnuson and Santoro.

6. WHITMAN WILDCATS

Coach: Steve Greco

2013 record: 7-13

Key players

Nick Isernia, P/RF, 5-10, 165, Sr.

Ben Black, CF, 5-10, 215, Sr.

Greg Ledbetter, SS, 5-7, 172, Sr.

Chris Olberding, C/3B, 5-10, 150, Sr.

Tyler Ullman, C/DH, 5-10, 145, Sr.

Outlook: Solid defense, good starting pitching with Isernia, a hard-throwing lefty.

7. CENTRAL ISLIP MUSKETEERS

Coach: David Rivera

2013 record: 3-17

Key players

Erik Sanchez, 3B/P, 5-11, 170, Sr.

Christian Rodriguez, Util., 5-10, 165, Sr.

Jonathan Softy, SS/2B, 5-8, 155, Sr.

Victor Martinez, P/OF, 6-0, 175, Sr.

Rafael Malcolm, C, 5-9, 180, So.

Outlook: Speed and defense, but will need more offense.

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