Isernia Goes Distance, Bats Come Alive Late

Senior Nick Isernia gets stronger with each outing.
Senior Nick Isernia gets stronger with each outing.
Chris Olberding gets the pitch selection from Assistant Coach Steve Greco Sr.
Chris Olberding gets the pitch selection from Assistant Coach Steve Greco Sr.
Third baseman Joe DiPiero is about to catch the ball and the runner’s cleats at the very same time. The cleats won.
Third baseman Joe DiPiero is about to catch the ball and the runner’s cleats at the very same time. The cleats won.
Junior Joshua Shapiro provides strength in the infield at second base.
Junior Joshua Shapiro provides strength in the infield at second base.
Power hitter Greg Ledbetter connects adding to his RBI average.
Power hitter Greg Ledbetter connects adding to his RBI average.

Looking back after a tough 9-6 loss to Lindenhurst on Tuesday, varsity baseball coach Steven Greco knows his team is better. “We got down early and made a bunch of errors,” said Coach Greco. “All-League Pitcher Nick Isernia hung in there and gave us a good game, and we battled, but couldn’t muster the support needed to pull off the comeback.” Down 8-2 after 3 innings, the Wildcats began to work their way out of the hole they dug. “We showed some heart in the end, got some nice hits scoring 4 runs in the 7th and final inning, but came up short.”

The Wildcats number one pitcher, senior Nick Isernia, is back from elbow surgery and gaining strength as the warm weather kicks in. Shortstop Greg Ledbetter is counted on for his strength at the plate and is hitting the ball well in the leadoff spot. Joe DiPiero, at third base is also hitting the ball well. Junior second baseman Joshua Shapiro is providing solid defensive play and senior catcher Chris Olberding has been rock solid behind the plate. Ben Black, a senior, has been providing strong support in center field and at the plate as well.  Sean McEntee, in left field, is also playing well and continues to improve. “We have 2 returning starters from last year so we’re a young team,” said Coach Greco. “We have a good group of juniors who are seeing plenty of playing time, so we improving each day.”

The Wildcats finish their series against Lindenhurst away on Thursday, and begin a series against Central Islip at home on Monday, April 28th- first pitch is at 4PM.