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Suffolk League VIII baseball preview

Center Moriches' Pat Bryant poses for a portrait

Center Moriches' Pat Bryant poses for a portrait at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip Saturday, March 15, 2014. Credit: Barry Sloan

1. SOUTHAMPTON MARINERS

Coach: Gary Pike

2013 record: 19-3

Key players

Eddie McLaughlin, P/3B, 6-1, 165, Sr.

Kevin Edgar, C, 5-9, 188, Sr.

Garrett Pike, P/SS, 5-10, 170, Jr.

Thomas Beckman, P/Util, 6-1, 170, Sr.

David Kirshy, P/OF, 6-3, 210, Sr.

Outlook: Pike (.383, 23 RBIs) leads offense; McLaughlin (0.86 ERA) is the ace.

2. CENTER MORICHES RED DEVILS

Coach: Dennis Donovan

2013 record: 13-9

Key players

Patrick Bryant, P/SS, 6-5, 220, Sr.

Mike Colombi, P/OF, 6-0, 190, Sr.

Daniel Franchi, P/11, 5-9, 154, Jr.

Kevin O'Brien, 1B, 6-3, 175, Sr.

Stephen Bryant, IF, 5-10, 142, So.

Outlook: Bryant (Wake Forest) leads a solid pitching staff.

3. MATTITUCK TUCKERS

Coach: Steve DeCaro

2013 record: 15-9

Key players

Cameron Burt, P, 6-2, 200, Sr.

Ian Nish, 1B, 6-3, 200, Jr.

Marcos Perivolaris, SS, 5-7, 155, Jr.

Joe Tardif, OF, 5-8, 150, So.

Brian Pelan, C, 5-10, 165, Sr.

Outlook: They can put together a nice season behind Burt (64 Ks) and Nish.

4. BABYLON PANTHERS

Coach: Anthony Sparacio

2013 record: 10-10

Key players

Zach Carmody, SS/P, 5-10, 190, Jr.

Jack Facciebene, RF/P, 6-0, 185, Jr.

Liam Young, LF, 5-10, 180, Jr.

Nick Crawford, 3B/P, 5-7, 180, Sr.

Joe Savastano, CF, 5-8, 160, Sr.

Outlook: Excellent pitching, but a shot at the league title will depend on offense.

5. PORT JEFFERSON/KNOX ROYALS

Coach: Jesse Rosen

2013 record: 6-12

Key players

Tyler D'Accordo, P/3B, 5-7, 165, Sr.

Neil Alvarez, P/RF, 5-11, 160, Jr.

Corey Carnahan, C, 5-8, 170, Jr.

Andy Vasquez, P/SS, 5-7, 155, Sr.

Aaron Accardo, CF, 5-10, 160, Sr.

Outlook: D'Accordo, Alvarez and Vasquez will be tough to score on.

6. HAMPTON BAYS BAYMEN

Coach: Pete Meehan

2013 record: 4-16

Key players

Ryan Schultheis, P/1B, 5-9, 160, Sr.

Ryan Cavanaugh, OF, 5-11, 195, Sr.

Josh Karl, SS/P, 5-11, 160, Jr.

Tim Frost, P/1B, 6-0, 175, So.

Nick Giannone, OF, 5-8, 190, Sr.

Outlook: Can be competitive if they shore up a leaky defense.

7. MERCY MONARCHS

Coach: Skip Gehring

2013 record: 5-16

Key players

Marco Pascale, 3B, 5-9, 185, Jr.

Jasper Bradley, OF, 6-3, 190, Jr.

Pat Marelli, P, 6-2, 215, Sr.

Greg Gehring, C, 5-10, 170, So.

Kurt Bahnke, SS, 5-10, 160, Sr.

Outlook: Defense is a strength behind Pascale, a strong arm with quick reflexes.

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