Thursday, 04 June 2009 15:55
On April 16, Westbury High School’s Boys Varsity Baseball Team traveled to Staten Island to play Locust Valley in a non-league contest at Richmond County Ballpark, home of the Staten Island Yankees – the minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees.
From the moment the Green Dragons arrived at the ballpark, they were treated like professionals. Westbury’s players had access to the clubhouse where each player had their own locker adorned with their own personal nameplate. Hanging in the lockers were complimentary backpacks and hats, courtesy of the Staten Island Yankees. During the game, the Dragons had use of the dugout as well as the bullpen, which truly enhanced the major league feel. When each member of the team came up to bat, their name was announced, music was played and their picture was displayed on the Richmond County Ballpark’s giant scoreboard.
Westbury carried over this positive experience into their league play with Lawrence High School on April 30. At this time, the Green Dragons, who are coached by Todd Goodwin and Larry Phyall, were victorious in an exciting game against Lawrence that ended with a score of 6-5. Freshman Billy Casseus threw a 95-pitch complete game for the victory. Junior Trey Mujica led the offensive scoring with a 2-run game tying single in the bottom of the third inning before driving in the game-winning run with a single in the bottom of the sixth and then, in the top of the seventh, threw out the game tying run at home plate. Brandon Mapp then turned an unassisted double play to seal the victory.