HALF HOLLOW HILLS, New York, May 28
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Despite sharing the League IV title with East Islip this season, the Colts of Half Hollow Hills High School West’s baseball team began their playoff run on the road against Smithtown East on Thursday.
No. 5 Hills West (15-6) ultimately couldn’t hurdle the Bulls on the road and fell 8-6 – one season after the Colts reached the final round of the 2014 Suffolk playoffs, but were defeated by West Islip.
The Colts started out hot, however, as they jumped out to a very early 6-0 lead in the first inning. The Bulls managed to fight back and tied the score at 6-6 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. In that inning, Smithtown East’s John Marti drove in, what would become, the winning run on a ground out. Hills West couldn’t manage to fight back and its season came to an end in the 2015 Suffolk Class AA championship round.
In earning that co-league title with No. 6 East Islip, the Colts earned an automatic bid into the championship round to face No. 4 Smithtown East (19-2), this season’s League III champion. East Islip (18-5) clawed through the qualifying round and defeated No. 3 Hauppauge (18-3) on Thursday to earn a best-of-three series against No. 2 Ward Melville (19-2).
With the 2015 season now in the books, the Colts are set to graduate several seniors including: Tyler DeLucia, Matt Feinstein, Nick Lombardi, Mike Marino, Owen McMenamy, Josh Wende, Aaron Glickstein and Jon Faraci.
Glickstein, one of the Colts’ shutdown pitchers in past seasons, missed the 2015 season due to an injury, but will go on to Stony Brook University this fall.
Faraci, a 6-foot-6 first baseman with a powerful bat, will also move on to college ball; he’s set to attend St. John’s University.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, May 28, 2015; A26)