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Manhasset Boys Varsity Baseball Clinches Conference Championship

The Manhasset High School Boys’ Varsity Baseball team clinched the Conference A-IV championship with an 11-5-1 conference record. The boys ended the season strongly by winning eight of their last nine games, including sweeps in their last two series against Lynbrook and Great Neck North. The boys’ play throughout the season showed their endurance and versatility, and several dramatic come-from-behind wins demonstrated their drive to win. Head Coach Brian Corbo and Assistant Coach Chris Keen are readying the team for what they hope will be a strong playoff run.

In addition to the strong team play, several individual players received Conference A-IV post-season awards: James Carr and Tyler Juliano were recognized as All County, while All Conference recognition went to Dan Connolly, Ryan Lennon, Ryan Murray and Lukas Pracher. All League honors went to Charles Mack, and Coach Brian Corbo received Conference Coach of the Year.

The team’s batting average was a remarkable .325, and the boys combined for a total of nine home runs. The strong offense was anchored by Senior Tri-Captains Dan Connolly at second base (batting average of .457, on base percentage of .609, slugging percentage of .652, and 15 runs) and catcher James Carr (batting average of .369, 31 RBIs and seven stolen bases), Junior first baseman Tyler Juliano (batting average of .433, three home runs, 19 RBIs, 21 runs, on base percentage of .519 and slugging percentage of .672); junior shortstop Lukas Pracher (batting average of .325, eight doubles, two home runs and 20 runs); and junior designated hitter Charles Mack (batting average .349, two home runs, 24 RBIs and a slugging percentage of.652).

The pitching was led by stellar sophomore Ryan Lennon, who went 5 and 0 with an ERA of 2.14 and 28 strikeouts; sophomore Matt Stratford, who went 1 and 1, with one save and an ERA of 1.29; and senior star Ryan Murray, who did double duty as a starting pitcher and third baseman and went 4 and 2, with 29 strikeouts, an ERA of 2.72, a batting average of.326 and one homer.

The team’s versatile defense was anchored by senior Tri-Captain centerfielder Billy Riggin (batting average of .300 and 12 runs); junior third baseman Donald Spampinato and junior right fielder Tyson Rodriquez. Other major contributors were senior starting pitcher Steven Fratello (17.1 innings pitched); junior left fielder Harrison Felman (batting average of .292 and slugging percentage of.458); junior outfielder Charles Kline; junior pitcher Greg Nodaros; junior second baseman Joey Diaz; junior first baseman Jake Shelton; junior outfielder Nick Fiacco; sophomore outfielder Matt Basso, who had eight runs; and freshman pitcher/utility player Tim Curtis, who had an ERA of 3.18 in 11 innings pitched.

The boys and the coaches have been gearing up for the playoffs and won their first playoff game 4-2 against North Shore High School in a tense 13-inning matchup. At the time of publication the boys were waiting for their second round opponent.