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Westhampton Beach relief pitcher Nick Arpino throws against

Westhampton Beach relief pitcher Nick Arpino throws against Mattituck in a non-league game on March 20, 2014. Credit: Daniel De Mato

AMITYVILLE WARRIORS

Coach: Chris Diot

2015 record: 1-19

Key palyers

Niles Rodriguez, CF, 5-9, 155, Sr.

John Jack, P/3B, 6-3, 195, Sr.

Mike Trant, P/SS, 5-9, 160, Sr.

Tim Hermann, 1B/P, 5-11, 155, Jr.

Desmond Long, OF/P, 6-0, 165, Jr.

Outlook: The Warriors will lean upon Rodriguez, an All-League centerfielder last season. Jack and Trant head the rotation.

COMSEWOGUE WARRIORS

Coach: Mike Bonura

2015 record: 17-3

Key players

Mike Stiles, P/3B, 6-0, 160, Sr.

Jordan Lisco, 1B, 5-10, 214, Sr.

John Braun, P/IF, 5-9, 150, Sr.

Jake Sardina, OF, 6-0, 150, Sr.

Vincent Velasquez, C, 6-0, 175, Jr.

Outlook: Lisco (.320 last season) and Velasquez (.300) will anchor the lineup as Comsewogue seeks a return to the playoffs.

HARBORFIELDS TORNADOES

Coach: Casey Sturm

2015 record: 5-15

Key players

Alex de Borja, CF, 5-6, 150, Sr.

Dylan Schaefer, P, 6-2, 220, Sr.

Jesse Lankeaux, LF, 5-11, 185, Sr.

Brendan Cunneen, P, 6-2, 179, Sr.

Tim McQuade, 1B, 6-4, 185, Sr.

Outlook: A strong pitching staff, led by Schaefer (4-2 record, 2.34 ERA, 1.23 WHIP last season) and Cunneen (2.97 ERA, 1.30 WHIP), will be key as the Tornadoes try to win the close games. Last season, eight of their losses were by two runs or less.

ISLIP

Coach: Jay Loviglio

2015 record: 4-13

Key players

Kevin Colgan, P/1B, 5-9, 200, Sr.

375, 3 homers

Anthony Navaro, C, 5-11, 190, Sr.

.300 15 RBIs

Andy Lewis, OF, 5-9, 165, Sr. .350, 15 runs 11 RBIs

Tyler Fitzpatrick, 2B, 5-7, 150, Sr.

Mike Mirando P/1B, 6-2, 180, Jr.

Outlook: Colgan hit .375 with three home runs last season and will be a catalyst on offense. Navaro is an excellent game-caller who hit .300 with 15 RBIs last season.

ROCKY POINT EAGLES

Coach: Andrew Aschettino

2015 record: 6-14

Key players

Kyle Strovink, C, 6-0, 205, Sr.

Paul Dominguez, P/SS, 6-0, 175, Sr.

James Weisman, P/CF, 5-10, 190, Jr.

Brian Forbes, 1B, 6-3, 230, Jr.

Dillon Cassidy, P/IF, 5-10, 150, So.

Outlook: Strovink, who hit .426 with four home runs and 18 RBIs last season, and Dominguez (.396) will be the core of Rocky Point’s talented offense.

SAYVILLE GOLDEN FLASHES

Coach: Ryan Cox

2015 record: 11-9

Key players

Sal Zafonte, P, Sr.

Kevin Newell, CF, Jr.

Jake Sheridan, P/OF/1B Jr.

Anthony Sirianni, C, Sr.

Richie Ward, SS/P, Sr.

Outlook: Zafonte, the returning Suffolk VI pitcher of the year, will try to guide the Golden Flashes to their 13th consecutive playoff appearance. Martino, Sheridan and Brian Burgos will be counted upon to round out the rotation.

WESTHAMPTON HURRICANES

Coach: Tom Hoare

2015 record: 16-5

Key players

Nick Arpino, P/1B, 5-10, 165, Sr.

Jeff Dalder, C/3B/ 5-11, 185, Sr.

Nick Einstman, CF, 6-1, 190, Sr.

Jake Viera, SS, 5-11, 175, Jr.

Ben Osborne, 3B/C, 6-0, 190, Jr.

Outlook: A slew of .300-plus hitters, including Arpino (.350), Dalder (.340), Einstman (.333) and Viera (.300), provide the Hurricances with a potent offense as they push for a third straight playoff berth.

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