Written by Joe Enea, Editorial@antonnews.com Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00
Approaching the 2013 season, Manhasset’s baseball team had great expectations to perform well. Coming off the best season in the school’s history, there was much to expect of this team with nine returning seniors displaying considerable experience.
Unfortunately, this year’s team was plagued with injuries from the start of the season and faced tremendous adversity. But the team pulled through, proving to be a success by earning a sixth seed in the playoffs, and a conference title. Although Manhasset lost in the second round, overall, the season can be considered a great one.
After facing a 0-7 start, most teams would have crumbled and given up on their season. With great leadership from Coach Corbo and Coach Keen, confidence prevailed.
Injuries also affected the Manhasset team sidelining key pitchers Tyler Juliano and Ryan Lennon. During the entire season, it was an ongoing theme for the group; grinding till the bitter end.
Given the challenging start, Manhasset still managed to earn a double-elimination seed into the playoffs and a conference title. Several players on the team received postseason awards for their contributions to their team’s success.
Lukas Pracher and Charlie Mack were both all-county selections. Matt Basso and Juliano won all-conference awards. Christian Winnitzki and Alex Anderson both received all-league awards. Pracher also won CO-MVP of the league. The players worked extremely hard, deserved their awards, and were rewarded for their success.
Although this season ended, there is immense potential and anticipation for the 2014 baseball season. Coach Corbo has already named Basso and Lennon as captains next year.
Manhasset will have numerous returning players and a few starters. The team seems to be heading in the right direction as a team that could do some real damage next year.
While the underclassmen are looking forward to returning next year, they will surely miss their fellow seniors Pracher, Juliano, Mack, Donald Spampinato, Greg Nodaros, Jon Stefan, Harrison Felman, Nick Fiacco, and Charles Kline.
Many thanks to the players and the parents for an amazing season.