Written by Doug Robbins Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00
The 2009 baseball season for the New Hyde Park Gladiators was a very successful one.
Two graduating seniors were selected to be in the exceptional senior game this year. Senior Ryan O’Kelly was chosen All-County for the second year in a row. O’Kelly led the Gladiators into the playoffs playing into double elimination rounds. He was accepted on an athletic and academic scholarship to play baseball for C. W. Post College.
On the mound Ryan finished his career at Memorial with 15 wins, 163 strikeouts and 156 innings pitched all school records.
Senior Vincent Festa was also All-County in the ’09 baseball season. Festa was a four-year starter for the Gladiators during his career.
In the exceptional senior game played at Burns Park, in Massapequa, Festa batted clean up and made some excellent defensive plays in centerfield. While Ryan O’Kelly pitched two innings to earn the win in the game.