Written by Nick Palma Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00
Five years ago, Mineola high school varsity baseball coaches Helms Bohringer and Barry Silverstein were saying that 2010 was going to be the year for the Mineola baseball program.
Well, the 2010 season is here and the varsity baseball team is rolling. After missing the playoffs by just one game last year, coach Bohringer doesn’t want that to happen again, which is why he and coach Silverstein have arranged a trip for the baseball team to go down to the North Carolina/Virginia area to have a spring training right before the league games start for the new season.
Many fans are excited to watch the team play this year as they have a team of well-rounded players. Some key players include senior captain Anthony Fabrico and junior captains Jimmy Bulva and Tom Ward.
Fabrico is the starting second-baseman who shows great work ethic and leadership skills on and off the field. Bulva plays first-base as well as pitcher and has been starting on the varsity team ever since he was a freshman in high school. Ward has had experience at the varsity level before, after he was called up for playoffs as a freshman and was the starting shortstop last year as a sophomore. These aren’t the only players that the team is relying on as they have many starters to receive help from as well as a very solid bench.
Pitching is always a concern for any baseball team but the Mustangs will rely heavily on the second-year varsity starter Nick Moran, who proved to be the team’s ace as a sophomore last season. Now that he is experienced at the varsity level, progress will be the only approach he will look to going this spring.
This year will not only be a hyped-up season, but it will be a unique year as well. Instead of playing conference teams in a three-game series, teams will be playing two-game series against each other, being that the conference has expanded.
Along with the expansion of the conference, only five teams will be making the playoffs instead of six teams. This is an important note to watch but playoffs aren’t the only goal for the Mustangs. The team has had its sights set on the conference championship ever since the 2009 season ended on a bad note.
The Mineola baseball team and program will look forward to having a very supportive fan base and a very successful season as they will strive for getting a championship banner put up in the school gym.