Nassau drops Grand Slam Challenge
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Abruscato had the opportunity to coach three of his players one last time. John Fogarty, Joe Fusco and Matt Seelinger, who led the Rams to the Nassau Class A title this spring, all participated. Fogarty had three putouts in center field, Fusco played second base and singled in the third inning, and Seelinger pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts including one of Vogel. “I’ve spent a lot of time with these three kids over the years,” Abruscato said. “They’re all hard-working athletes and were honored to be chosen to play in this game.”
The 2013 Nassau Diamond Award winner, Valley Stream North’s Anthony Martelli, started at shortstop and roped a single to left in his first at-bat. “It definitely felt like an all-star game,” he said.
South Side’s David Hawley and Louis Matarazzo, who led the Cyclones to a conference title this spring, played roles in Nassau’s lone run. It came in the bottom of the fourth off Greg Egan (St. John The Baptist.) After Dan Hopkins (St. Dominic) opened with a single, Abruscato called on Hawley to pinch-run. Hawley promptly stole second and advanced to third with two outs when Matarazzo was retired on a hard-hit ball to first. A single by Louis Mele (Island Trees) brought home Hawley.
In addition to Seelinger, Oceanside’s James Long (two strikeouts), Mepham’s Jason Foley (two), Chaminade’s Joe Romero (one) and Elmont’s Dan Aguillo (one) saw action on the mound. Andrew Hess (Valley Stream South) made an appearance at the plate. Suffolk had a least one hit in each of the first four innings before Seelinger got Ryan Dollop (Bayport-Blue Point), Tyler Piccolo (Rocky Point) and Vogel in order in the fifth.
Nassau’s bats managed just two hits over the final six innings. Suffolk got all three of its runs in its last turn at-bat and Steve Woods (Half Hollow Hills East) had three strikeouts for the save. Mark Donadio (Mt. Sinai) started the winning rally with a single, and an error followed to put runners on second and third. Dollop drove home Donadio with the tying run, and the go-ahead run scored on an error when Dollop swiped second. Vogel’s single plated Dollop with an insurance run.