Colts step up to plate in 6-0 victory

DIX HILLS, New York, May 1

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Aaron Glickstein is no stranger to success when it comes to the game of baseball. The junior right-hander for Half Hollow Hills West (8-2) pitched his first career no-hitter last week against East Islip (5-4) to lead his team to a 1-0 victory on April 21.

Then, on Monday — just one week after throwing the no-hitter — Glickstein returned to the mound against West Babylon (8-2) at Hill West’s Stephen J. Brennan Memorial Field. Once again, Glickstein found success, leading the Colts to a 6-0 victory over the Eagles in the first game of a three-game series that may ultimately decide first place in Section XI’s League IV.

Half Hollow Hills West's senior shortstop, Kenny Schiotis, makes contact with a pitch against West Babylon on Monday.
Half Hollow Hills West’s senior shortstop, Kenny Schiotis, makes contact with a pitch against West Babylon on Monday.

“We have a pretty well rounded pitching staff so Aaron is just as important as the next guy,” said Tom Migliozzi, head coach of Hills West, after the game. “But today he had his good stuff.”

Glickstein’s “good stuff” gave him a complete-game shutout against the Eagles and earned him his sixth win of the season. On Monday, Glickstein struck out 11 batters, walked just 1, and scattered 5 hits. The performance came on a day where several college scouts — most notably from the University of Connecticut and Fordham University — were present in the stands. It’s not entirely clear who the scouts were there to see, but one did bring a radar gun, which may indicate they were there for Glickstein.

However, while Glickstein’s performance was undoubtedly impressive,  the victory couldn’t be had without action at the plate. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Hills West’s offense needed a jump start and Glickstein — who does not hit for the Colts — couldn’t give it to them.

Instead, it was up to Migliozzi and his assistant coach, Duke Durland, to provide the spark.

“We had too many pop-ups in the first three innings and since we wanted to put pressure on West Babylon’s defense it was working to our disadvantage,” said Migliozzi. “We met with the kids and just tried to simplify everything for them.”

The simplification worked as Hills West went on to have 6 hits in the fourth inning, beginning with singles by senior Tom DiGiorgi and junior Sean Noriega. After junior Matt Feinstein provided a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over, junior Owen McMenamy singled to bring DiGiorgi home and put the Colts ahead 1-0. Three more hits — including an RBI triple by junior Nick Lombardi — made up the rest of the Hills West rally that put the Colts up 5-0.

“I think we’re more talented at the plate than [West Babylon],” Migliozzi said after the game. “Stop thinking, we told them; just get the bats off your shoulders and start hitting, no matter where the ball is pitched.”

Six of the Colts’ nine batters finished the day with a hit, but DiGiorgi (3-for-3) and junior Tyler Delucia (2-for-3) were the only Colts to have a multi-hit game.

Looking forward, the Colts were to face the Eagles on Wednesday at West Babylon in a game that occurred after press time.

“It’s really the same exact formula that we have to use in order to have success,” said Migliozzi, looking to Wednesday’s game. “Junior Jon Faraci has to keep the ball down and spot his fastball; if he does that then I think they’ll have their hands full.”

Hills West will finish the series against West Babylon at the Stephen J. Brennan Memorial Field on Friday at 4 p.m.

Junior Aaron Glickstein of Half Hollow Hills West had an impressive 11 strikeout performance against West Babylon on Monday.
Junior Aaron Glickstein of Half Hollow Hills West had an impressive 11 strikeout performance against West Babylon on Monday.

Originally published: The Long Islander:Half Hollow Hills (Thursday, May 01, 2014;  pg. A22)

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