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Suffolk League IV baseball preview

Half Hollow Hills West pitcher Aaron Glickstein delivers

Half Hollow Hills West pitcher Aaron Glickstein delivers against Hauppauge in the first inning of the Suffolk baseball game on May 11, 2012. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

1. HILLS WEST COLTS

Coach: Tom Migliozzi

2013 record: 18-7

Key players

Aaron Glickstein, P, 6-1, 190, Jr.

Jon Faraci, P/IF, 6-7, 210, Jr.

Sean Noriega, OF, 5-11, 190, Sr.

Owen McMenamy, OF, 5-10, 170, Jr.

Justin Pelletier, C, 6-1, 195, Sr.

Outlook: One of the deepest teams in the league; strong bench, airtight defense.

2. EAST ISLIP REDMEN

Coach: Sal Ciampi

2013 records: 20-4

Key players

Dave Palmer, P/3B, 6-4, 190, Sr.

Mike Demarest, P/3B, 5-10, 200, Jr.

Steve Rosenvold, SS, 6-0, 175, Sr.

Brendan Dowd, C, 6-1, 175, Sr.

Jared Vuolo, OF, 5-8, 160, Sr.

Outlook: Palmer (8-0, 1.75 ERA, 24 RBIs) and Demarest (7-1, 1.90) make them strong.

3. HAUPPAUGE EAGLES

Coach: Josh Gutes

2013 record: 12-10

Key players

Nick Fanti, P/OF, 6-2, 180, Jr.

Sean Prahalis, P/OF, 6-0, 175, Sr.

PJ Contreras, C, 5-11, 180, Jr.

Mike Basil, P, 6-2, 175, Sr.

Ryan Morgenlander, 2B, 5-10, 175, Jr.

Outlook: Prahalis (1.06 ERA), and reliever in Basil will keep them in the hunt.

4. RIVERHEAD BLUE WAVES

Coach: Rob Maccone

2013 record: 9-11

Key players

Cody Smith, C, 6-0, 160, Sr.

Jesse Patriss, SS, 5-11, 170, Sr.

Ryan Gaffney, OF/P, 6-0, 185, Sr.

Kenny Simco, 3B/P, 6-0, 150, Jr.

Brian Brenton, OF, 6-1, 170, Sr.

Outlook: Good speed behind Patriss, balanced offense but short on pitching.

5. WEST BABYLON EAGLES

Coach: Michael Rayola

2013 record: 6-14

Key players

Nick Brigandi, P, 6-2, 180, Sr.

Tim Kranz, P/SS/3B, 6-2, 180, Jr.

Nick Gilley, SS/2B, 5-9, 165, Jr.

Adam Dell'Isola, C, 6-3,180, Jr.

Joe Granieri IF/OF, 6-0, 160, Jr.

Outlook: They'll have speed, versatility and should be competitive.

6. COPIAGUE EAGLES

Coach: Bill Bennett

2013 record: 5-15

Jose Tavares, CF, 5-11, 185, Sr.

Edward Collado, P, 5-10, 160, Sr.

Carlo Giarraffa, C, 5-8, 165, Jr.

Kiero Nuñez, RF, 6-0, 170, Sr.

Juan Cepeda, P/SS, 5-9, 142, Jr.

Outlook: Depth off the bench and solid production from Tavares (.393, 18 RBIs).

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