HALF HOLLOW HILLS, New York, April 16
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
After falling in the Suffolk Class AA championship a season ago, the Colts of Half Hollow Hills High School West’s baseball team are back on the diamond – and they’ve come back in style.
The Colts (5-1) have started their 2014-2015 campaign by claiming their first two series of the seasons. The latest series came to a close with a 10-4 Colts victory over Newfield (1-2) on Saturday.
In that game, senior Mike Marino was awarded a win for his 6-1/3 inning performance on the mound where he allowed just 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out the Wolverines on five separate occasions. Junior Lucas DiGiorgi powered the Colts offense with a 3-for-4 day where he scored 2 runs. Seniors Nick Lombardi, Tyler DeLucia and Owen McMenany all added 2 hits to help Hills West claim its second three-game series of the season.
The Colts’ first series win came in the form of a sweep against the very same team that ended their season a year ago: the Lions of West Islip (2-4). After emerging from the losers’ bracket to face the Lions in the championship game last year, the Colts defeated West Islip to force a second game that would decide the county champion. The Lions won 5-0.
Seizing the opportunity for some payback, Hills West handed the defending Long Island champion its first three losses of the season and completed the sweep with a 10-9 win on April 1.
Evan Alcazar ended up with the win on the mound for the Colts in that game, but Sean LeGuernic and senior Josh Wende were the heroes on offense; the duo combined to contribute to 6 of Hills West’s runs. LeGuernic was 3-for-4 from the plate with an RBI and 2 runs, and Wende was 2-for-2 with a double, 2 RBIs and a run.
The Colts’ next League III season series comes against the Bulldogs of North Babylon (3-2) on April 21 with the game scheduled for 4 p.m. at High School West. Before the series with the Bulldogs, the Colts will be in action against Bayport-Blue Point (6-0) on Thursday for another non-league showdown. That game is also scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at High School West.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, April 16, 2015; A23)