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Who Is Justin Aviles?

Justin Aviles (Brentwood 2018) has struck out 6 of the first 7 batters of the game. Uncommitted. Very intriguing prospect pic.twitter.com/nagNXcHOyA — Axcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) September 16, 2017 Brentwood turned plenty of heads in 2017 when they won 11 games and qualified for their first postseason berth in 12 years. First year Head Coach Rich Gonzalez had a team led by 12 seniors that meshed well and gave the perennial League I powerhouses all they could handle. Possibly the biggest reason for their success was of their unheralded junior ace–now senior–Justin Aviles. The 5’7″ RHP won four games and defeated some of their biggest adversaries (Floyd twice, Longwood and Connetquot in the postseason). The uncommitted senior is coming off a lights-out start aga...

Q & A With Mike O’Reilly

(Photo Credit: Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs) Before Brian Morrell was dominating Suffolk County Class A, there was Mike O’Reilly. The 2012 graduate of Shoreham-Wading River won the Carl Yastrzemski Award in his senior year, when he performed like a superhero and smacked two walk-off HRs in the playoffs and struck out 19 batters in the Long Island Championship game. It’s easy to forget as the years go by, but O’Reilly compiled a career record of 17-3 before going on to attend Flagler College. In 2015, he was named Peach Belt Pitcher of the Conference. He compiled a record of 7-3, with a 2.89 ERA and 94 strikeouts over 93.1 IP. He was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 27th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Over his first two seasons, he’s actually taken his perfo...

Matt Seelinger on His First Pro Season

(Editor’s Note: Matt is a 2017 graduate of Farmingdale State College. He capped off a stellar career by getting selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 28th round of this year’s MLB Draft, becoming the first player from FSC to get drafted since 1978. He performed incredibly well in pro ball; he compiled a 1.80 ERA over 30.0 IP with 0.87 WHIP and 37 strikeouts. He allowed only 19 hits. The following words are his own.) Coming out of a “D3” school has its challenges to get drafted. Not many players get the opportunity. I certainly heard a few times that it was “near impossible” to get drafted out of a “D3” school. I was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in my senior year at Farmingdale State College. It has been a whirlwind for sure. I graduated in May. At that time, I was not ...

Jonathon Mulford on His Second Pro Season

(Editor’s Note: Jonathon is a 2012 graduate of Massapequa HS. He pitched four seasons at Adelphi University, where he was named to our All-Long Island team in 2015. He participated in our Battle of the Border in 2016, and he was drafted later that week by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 34th round. Over two seasons, he has compiled a 3.59 ERA. The following words are his own.) For the first time in four years, I wasn’t at Long Island Storm Academy giving ready for the beginning of the Adelphi season with my teammates. Even though I miss playing at Adelphi, I finally was preparing for my first spring training. Baseball was finally back and it was time to grind out the hot dog days of Florida spring training. Walking into the facility seeing Yadier “Yadi” Molina catchi...

Michael Rizzitello on His First Year in Pro Ball

(Editor’s Note: Michael Rizzitello is a 2012 graduate of Connetquot HS and 2016 graduate of Dowling College. He was named to our All-Long Island team last year and he participated in our Battle of the Border. He is currently playing professional ball in the Pacific Association. The following words are his own.) The hardest part about playing the game of baseball is knowing when to hang it up–something that I thought I would have to do at the end of my senior season of college baseball. It was January of 2017 when I was trying to figure out where I would shift my attention to, now that baseball didn’t consume my life. Let me tell you something, I have never been so miserable. I knew that I couldn’t play forever, but I didn’t think it would end so soon. One night, after a long da...

Who Is Jack Gonzalez?

Sachem North made a surprise playoff run in a difficult League 2 this season thanks to a strong pitching staff led by Chris Lollo, Kevin Kochen and Jack Gonzalez. Lollo is at Washington College, Kochen is at Queens College and Gonzalez announced yesterday that he has committed to St. Thomas Aquinas. They are coming off an appearance in the Div-II College World Series, where they won the first two games before falling just short of the ultimate goal. Gonzalez is a crafty left-handed pitcher that works in the 78-79 MPH range, but has tremendous command of his pitches. He had a very good summer with Motus Academy, where he was named to the All-Tournament team of the WWBA in Georgia. He will be leading the Arrows’ rotation in 2018 as they look to build on this year’s 11-win season....

Hermes Abreu Speaks Softly and Lets His Play Do the Talking

With Commack garnering much of the attention in League 2 in 2017, it was easy to let some of the other outstanding performances go underappreciated. Bay Shore, one year after recording the most victories in Suffolk County, compiled a record of 14-8 and won a playoff game over Kings Park before getting eliminated by Hauppauge. Their biggest impact player was League 2 MVP Hermes Abreu, who was also named first-team All State. He is one of the rare two-way players that plays primarily behind the plate. He had numbers that jumped right off the stat sheet; he hit over .500 with 4 HR, 35 RBI and went 7-0 with 3 saves on the mound. You could argue he would’ve won the Yaz Award had Brian Morrell not dominated as well. He is currently at Concordia College, where he will begin his collegiate c...

Why Kate McGuire Will Make You Pay Attention

T.J. McGuire does not hesitate when he says his 12-year-old sister, Kate, is the best player he’s ever watched. Just to clarify, he’s referring to the sport of baseball. Keep in mind that T.J. McGuire played on the 2014 Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms squad that won the New York State Class A championship. That team had a number of phenomenal individuals that went on to play at the college level and prospered there as well–notably Jack Piekos who won the Paul Gibson Award and struck out 122 batters over 74 innings with a record of 10-1. “I’m saying this not as her brother but as an unbiased fan–if you lined up all the players on the field,” said McGuire, “I would choose my sister first and bat her third and play her at shortstop,” he went o...

Who Is Jordan Rose?

The St. Anthony’s Friars put together one of their most talented teams on paper in 2017. Their lineup consisted of a few players that had already gone on to accept scholarship offers such as Cameron Tomaiko, Noah Fortuna and Kyle LaGrutta. They also had a few other players such as Jared Restmeyer, Steven Rizzo and Jordan Rose who are certain to accept scholarships as well. While Restmeyer and Rizzo enjoyed breakout seasons, Rose suffered a painful injury against St. John the Baptist which cut his season short and sidelined him for the summer season as well. He is back to 100 percent, however, and will take part in our inaugural Home Run Derby on September 9 at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). He is a tremendously gifted outfielder with premium power. He spoke with Vinny Messa...

Who Is Terrence Murray?

Grand slam by Fordham-commit Terrence Murray (Kellenberg ’18). Feature story on him coming tomorrow 🔜 pic.twitter.com/ritVl5q501 — Axcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) August 21, 2017 In many ways, 2017 was a banner year for Kellenberg Memorial HS. They rode an historically dominant pitching staff and a core group of seniors to a consecutive CHSAA championship. One of the unsung contributors on that team was junior Terrence Murray. He hit a respectable .280 and played a strong defense in outfield. He turned his play up a notch early on in the summer season. Murray was able to parlay that success into something much bigger. He was one of the first incoming seniors this summer to commit to a Div-I program when he verbally committed to Fordham University. He spoke with Vinny Messana and he...

Jay Loviglio: A Life in Baseball

There are many former Major Leaguers that have received more praise and notoriety than Jay Loviglio.  The East Islip native is just fine with that. The man who has been involved with every level of baseball has seen just about everything. He’s just not a fan of telling everyone about it. In fact, even the man who hired him for his current role as hitting instructor for the LI Black Diamonds only found about his credentials from a Google search after running into him while he was working at PC Richards & Sons. Don’t let the modesty fool you, though, Loviglio has all the traits of a baseball lifer. After graduating from East Islip HS in 1974, he attended Suffolk Community College due to an error by the admissions department at LIU Brooklyn. Despite attending classes for the e...

Chris Buehler Commits to LIU Brooklyn

Stop me if you’ve heard this before–a Ward Melville pitcher has announced his verbal commitment to a Div-I school. Chris Buehler, 2018 LHP, became the latest pitcher from the Patriots to vindicate his potential as a high-ceiling pitcher. He is coming off a very strong 2017 campaign in which he was part of the vaunted rotation of Ben Brown (MLB Draft pick) and Max Nielsen (UCONN). He compiled a record of 5-2 with a 0.66 ERA and 45 Ks over 42 IP during the school season and has continued that strong season into the summer where he has compiled a 2.23 ERA wwwith a 4-1 record over 37.2 IP. I had the chance to speak to him and here’s what he had to say… Talk a little about the recruiting process and why you decided to verbally commit to LIU Brooklyn The recruiting proces...

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