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Awards Banquet Tickets Still Available

The remaining tickets that are available for our third annual Awards Banquet are moving quickly. Don’t get locked out–order today before we are sold out! Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. You can order individual tickets, or reserve a table if you prefer to have 12 seats available to your closest friends and family. We have a special evening planned, and we hope you can make it. We will be honoring the members of our 2017 All-Long Island team. Additionally, we will be handing out several special awards including Axcess Man of the Year, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Social Media Personality of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and more! We hope to see you there!

Ed Blankmeyer Reflects on Successful 2017

Even by the lofty standards of St. John’s skipper Ed Blankmeyer–758 wins and four Big East tournament crowns–there is much to be excited about when reflecting on the 2017 season of his Red Storm. They burst out of the gate red-hot with their best start since the days of MLB legend John Franco and Frank Viola in 1980. They began the season with nine consecutive wins and were nationally ranked by every major publication from the jump. They wound up with a record of 42-13 and had their dreams cut short in the NCAA Regionals against Vanderbilt and UNC Greensboro. The legendary Head Coach spoke to Vinny Messana and here’s what he had to say… It was an unbelievable season for you. What made this group so special? Well, it came down to getting off to a good start. It...

Axcess Rookie of the Year Finalists Announced

We will be hosting our third annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 6 at Villa Lombardi’s. Among the several awards we will be handing out will be the Axcess Rookie of the Year Award to the top freshman college player on Long Island. The four finalists are: Brian Herrmann (Stony Brook): 4-3 record, 3.46 ERA, 80.2 IP, 54 K, .234 AVG Noah Lorenzo (LIU Post): 7-2 record, 3.99 ERA, 2 CG, 79.0 IP, 49 K, .275 AVG Vinny Rice (Farmingdale): .413 AVG, .488 OBP, .541 SLG, 45 H, 23 R, 15 RBI Phil Russo (Maritime): .359 AVG, .388 OBP, .394 SLG, 51 H, 14 R, 25 RBI If you would like to purchase tickets to the Awards Banquet, you can do so by clicking here!

Max Effort Baseball: On the Cutting Edge of Baseball Training and Education

When it comes to being a successful hitter, there is nothing more frustrating than being geared up for a fastball only to hopelessly flail at a change up in the dirt. Believe me, as a .220 hitter as a senior in high school I can attest to this. There is no amount of hours in a batting cage that can prepare you for the challenge of off-speed pitches and tight breaking balls. Enter Senaptec and Hack Attack Pitching Machine. These revolutionary devices represent the next-wave of baseball training, something in which several Major League Baseball teams have purchased and begun to implement into their organizations. Both of these do not come cheap, however, and unless you are able to book an appointment at Yankee Stadium or Wrigley Field you won’t be able to utilize their limitless potent...

Anthony Papa Transfers to St. Joseph’s

(Photo Credit: James Escher) When St. Joseph’s graduated two All-Long Island pitchers, Brandon Lubrano and Josh Outsen, following the 2017 season, it was a major question mark as to how they would replace two rock-solid veterans anchoring the rotation. It took almost until the New Year, but they seem to have answered that question with the addition of two-time All-State pitcher Anthony Papa, who transferred from Coastal Carolina (originally attended LIU Post in fall 2015). Papa was regarded as one of the best pitchers on Long Island during his stellar career at Division HS that culminated in firing a six-hit shutout against Bayport-Blue Point in the 2015 Class A Long Island Championship at NYIT. Papa will join forces with Joseph Murphy, a transfer from Suffolk CC (Sachem East 2015) i...

Commack-Native Steven Morse Committed to Turning SUNY Ulster Around

(Photo Credit: SUNY Ulster) One of the aspects of baseball that makes it great is that it’s the ultimate form of meritocracy. It doesn’t matter where you were born, who your parents are or where you’ve been. That’s why there are players from all over the globe in the MLB and front offices are filled with individuals from their late 20s to mid 80s. The one common denominator is that those who are in positions of power, are the ones that were the most resilient and refused to let rejection deter them. Commack-grad Steven Morse is one of those grinders, and that’s a huge reason he was offered the Head Coaching job of SUNY Ulster at the age of 25. He was tasked with turning around a program and there is every reason to believe he is on the right path. He spoke wit...

Axcess Most Valuable Player Finalists Announced

We will be hosting our third annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 6 at Villa Lombardi’s. Among the several awards we will be handing out will be the Axcess Most Valuable Player Award to the top college player on Long Island. The four finalists are: Rob Andreoli (LIU Post): .346 AVG, 5 HR, 44 RBI, .412 OBP, 22 SB, 42 R, 73 H Lou Doria (St. Joseph’s): .361 AVG, 9 HR, 42 RBI, .481 OBP, .722 SLG Brian McLaughlin (Maritime): .450 AVG, 9 HR, 51 RBI, .494 OBP, .757 SLG, 43 R, 63 H Nick Marino (Nassau CC): .500 AVG, 3 HR, 36 RBI, .574 OBP, .767 SLG, 26 R, 26 R, 43 H,  

Catching Up With Will O’Brien

One of the forgotten story lines of Wantagh‘s championship run in 2016 was that they were able to withstand the loss of their two-time All-State RHP Will O’Brien, who suffered an arm injury. Although Jimmy Joyce and Bobby Hegarty did just fine in his absence, the Warriors had a pitcher that had compiled other-worldly numbers over the course of a two-year stretch. 2015: 5-1 record, 0.71 ERA, 66 K (5th team All-State) 2016: 7-0 record, 1.21 ERA, 88 K (1st team All-State) He is currently at St. Thomas Aquinas. He spoke with Vinny Messana and here’s what he had to say… Describe the 2016 run by Wantagh. How difficult was it being sidelined with injury but also how proud of your teammates were you to pick up the slack? I think what made the 2016 playoff run so special was...

Long Island Titans Hold Media Day

The Long Island Titans held their annual college signing day to celebrate their high school seniors that have committed to play college baseball at the Div. I, II, III or Ju-Co level. In total, 51 players are committed to play at the next level from their Class of 2018. Some of the most notable programs include Vanderbilt, Fordham, Stony Brook, Northeastern, Furman, East Carolina, Creighton and Cornell. Sixteen of the 51 are Div-I scholarships. Those players are Chris Buehler (LIU Brooklyn), James Cardinale (Hofstra), Jason Coules (Fordham), Anthony D’Onofrio (Hofstra), Mark Faello (Hofstra), Will Feil (Albany), Anthony Fontana (Furman), William Gilbert (Cornell), Mike Handal (Fairfield), Matt Hogan (Vanderbilt), Edward Jarvis (Northeastern), Kyle Johnson (Stony Brook), Tyler Marinac...

Spencer Gustafson Opens Up On His Unusual Injury, Difficult Road Back

Athletes understand the inherit risks of playing sports competitively. You are at the peril of injuries at all times, and it’s not always your fault. That much is true. The silver lining is that almost every injury you can sustain has been endured by countless athletes before you and will be treated by the best in the medical field. What happens, however, when you suffer an injury so unsual that it’s tough to find a surgeon able to operate? Wantagh junior, Spencer Gustafson, suffered an unusually rare injury on a freak accident during his eighth grade year. He spoke to Vinny Messana, and here’s what he had to say… Tell us about the injury you sustained and what the journey back has been like… On the last day of 8th grade baseball tryouts, we were inside hittin...

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