DIX HILLS, New York, June 5
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
The boys of Half Hollow Hills West fought valiantly to make it to last Thursday’s Suffolk County Class AA championship game.
However, in the process, the Colts used up most of the team’s vital pitching resources and ultimately ended their season as they fell, 5-0, to No. 8 West Islip (20-5) at the Stephen J. Brennan Memorial Field on May 29.
“It’s obviously impossible to win with a zero on the scoreboard,” Tom Migliozzi, head coach for the Colts, said after the game. “We just didn’t hit the ball today.”
No. 2 Hills West (21-5) suffered a big blow last week when it lost junior pitcher Jon Faraci to an injury for the remainder of the season. In Faraci’s absence, the Colts had to use up their ace, Aaron Glickstein, as they faced elimination last week against Commack.
While Hills West prevailed in that game to emerge from Suffolk’s loser’s bracket and then beat West Islip earlier last week to force a winner-take-all game two, the Colts were ultimately too worn out to seal the deal.
“We made a good run without our regular starting pitching,” Migliozzi said after the Colts’ third game in just as many days. “We were down to our three, four, five guys so, you know, we did the best we could.”
The Colts managed just 5 hits in the game, as they were once again baffled by West Islip’s sophomore ace, James Kory.
When Hills West met West Islip on May 21 in the Suffolk winner’s bracket final, Kory was also dominant as he led West Islip to 2-1 victory while giving up just 3 hits.
On May 29, Kory continued his winning ways as he pitched 7 scoreless innings to remain undefeated on his season, while also ending Hills West’s.
Tom DiGiorgi, a senior, started the game for the Colts and was credited with the loss.
“Overall it was a good season,” Migliozzi said. “We did a lot of positive things, but the negative things obviously came back in the end to haunt us.”
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills (Thursday, June 5, 2014; A23)