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Mineola 12U Opens Season With Win

The Mineola 12u baseball team opened its summer season against with a dramatic 4-3, walk off victory in the final inning against Manhasset recently.

 

Mineola had superb pitching from Jack Dwyer and Sean Hembach. Dwyer struck out six and allowed two unearned runs while Hembach struck out five and allowed one earned run.

 

Hembach was credited with the victory.

 

“Both Jack and Sean pitched their hearts out” commented manager Ken Solosky. “Both pitchers had outstanding control as they only allowed three walks the entire game”.

 

The Mineola defense also shined. Kenny Solosky was solid as a catcher throwing out the only Manhasset attempted steal and holding their runners close. Joe Franzini made a couple of sharp grabs playing second.  Andrew Geagher , Kieran O’Gara, Ryan Burke and Christian Duarte also contributed on defense.

 

The Mineola hitting attack was led by Solosky, 1-2, run scored, Sean Hembach 1-2, double, RBI, Bryan Camacho. 1-3, double, 2 RBI.  Entering the last inning down 3-2, Mineola began their dramatic comeback.

 

After drawing a walk, Hembach was driven in by a Camacho double to right. Camacho stole third and Dwyer drew a walk, quickly stealing second. With Mineola runners on second and third, two outs and Mineola down to their last strike, Patrick Solosky worked the count to 2-2 and smashed a walk off single to right plating the winning Mineola run for the come from behind victory! 

 

Alan Nanu. Alan Nanu played his first organized baseball game and did an outstanding job playing the outfield and several infield positions.

 

“I was glad to see the boys start the season with a victory,” Solosky said. “They work very hard in hot practices so it is nice to see their hard work pay off”. 

 

The Mineola Summer baseball team is a developmental team that stresses fun and learning. Players are assigned to different positions and challenged to try pitching and catching.

The team has weekly clinics with guest instructors that develop their pitching, hitting and fielding skills. The clinics have featured a unique, “catcher’s station” at which an older travel team catcher works with the boys on this unique position. They also feature “guest instructors” that focus on a particular aspect of the game.


News

Night On The Town has been a fixture in Mineola, honoring community pillars and charities with a evening of great food and fun. This year, event reps have a new goal in mind for the May 7 event at Jericho Terrace: 1,000 attendees and $100,000 raised for the

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the night’s yearly beneficiary. The event raised $72,500 last year.

 

“If you want to buy a ticket or write a check, you don’t make it out to no one else other than the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said event coordinator and Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano. “All of the money goes straight to them.”

 

Lubrano’s family has been personally touched by leukemia, specifically his late father, Pasquale. The 2012 extravaganza marked the first recipient of the Pasquale Lubrano Community Service Award to the event’s honoree, former state Senator Michael Balboni.

After two terms on the Mineola School Board and six years of service to the district, trustee William Hornberger will not seek re-election in May, he confirmed last week. 

“After six years of volunteering, I believe the district is on solid ground financially and moving in the right direction educationally,” he said. “I think it’s time for other members of the community to bring their ideas and vision to the board of education. It’s time to move onto the next chapter.”

 

Hornberger was first elected to the board in 2008 and re-elected in 2011, serving as board president and vice president in that span. The Williston Park resident oversaw the reconfiguration of the district which included the closing of the Cross Street and Willis

Avenue schools, one of the more challenging times in the district’s history. Those two schools have since been leased out to Solomon Schechter Day School and Harbor Child Care, respectively.


Sports

Mineola FC Clips Red Wings

Brian Heckelman and Peter Murphy’s defending held the Smithtown Red Wings in check the entire game as the BU10 Mineola FC team advanced to the Long Island Cup quarterfinal round with a 2-0 victory on Saturday, April 12. Liam Russelman scored first for

Mineola, taking a ball from the left sideline and cutting in along the top of the Smithtown box, where he launched a shot into the left corner of the RedWings goal.

 

The 1-0 lead lasted for most of the game, until Liam Going sidestepped three Red Wings defenders, drove to the net and slid a hard shot into the back of the net. Mineola improved to 4-0 in all competitions with the win.

Jimmy Regan was a perfect man in that he put others before himself and made sacrifices—both for his country and in ultimately his life as an Army Ranger. Chaminade High School lacrosse star Jack Brennan, who grew up knowing Regan and who now plays for his alma mater, would be the first to admit that he is not a perfect man, but did put on a perfect performance this past Saturday night on the lacrosse field, scoring a hat trick in a 10-5 win against the Manhasset Indians and giving the Flyers the overall edge 4-3 in the annual charity game held in Regan’s name.

 

“I didn’t really do much, it was just a lot of feeds on the crease and I just finished and I got lucky,” Brennan said of his on-field performance, especially considering the significant amount of playing time as a junior on the team.


Calendar

Cabaret Night - April 25

Buffet Dinner - April 25

Baseball Fundraiser - April 29 


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