Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
This is the year the program has been waiting for. Head Coach Helms Bohringer, now in his 17th season at Mineola High School, is looking forward to having eight returning seniors from the 2013 varsity baseball team. That squad finished with seven wins, an improvement over the previous year.
The Mustangs have a program that is trending upward and Bohringer is excited for the prospects of this squad.
“I can see the team is working very hard already,” said Bohringer. “A lot of these guys have been playing together for a while. You can see the maturation and that they want it. It makes my job easier.”
The Mustangs have suffered through two playoff-less seasons, but have a strong core of seniors in the rotation that all will be playing in their third varsity season. Bohringer stated that he moved certain players up to varsity as sophomores by design to get them acclimated to the level of play. The pitching rotation of Nick Iadvevaio, Ryan Kelly and Vinny Bieniek will represent the strength of the team.
All of those pitchers suffered growing pains over the past two seasons but have certainly learned to become better ballplayers through their experiences. The bullpen, led by John Lusardi and Chris Farrell. will add depth as well.
Bohringer is confident that the offense will be more consistent this year. Last year the offenses eclipsed nine runs on five occasions, but were also held to two or fewer runs on four occasions. The group is likely to be more potent this season.
“There will be no easy outs in this lineup,” said Bohringer. “If they’re going to get us out, they will have to earn it,” he added. The Mustangs will be playing in a strong conference this year, a challenge that Bohringer acknowledged. Of course, solid pitching can keep any team at bay, though. They will be taking on Locus Valley, Cold Spring Harbor, Island Trees, Valley Stream North, Seaford and Clarke.
There will be some added incentive to take care of Clarke and Valley Stream North after the way 2013 ended. The Mustangs were a solid 7-7 with the season coming to a close, when they lost their final five games to these two schools to put a sour ending on the season.
The team will open up its conference schedule against Cold Spring Harbor at home on March 24.