Baseball is a game and like most games the goal is to win. But, when it comes to a junior varsity level team, it’s even more important that players use the season to improve their all-around techniques and individual level of performance. So instead of concentrating on the Huntington High School JV baseball team’s final record, let’s take a look at the Blue Devils’ top players.
The Huntington JV finished with a mark of 0-22. There; we got that out of the way. The Blue Devils were coached by Frank Vega and captained by Jake Costabile and John Laurenso. Yes, yes, it was a tough season, to be sure. There were also stretches of terrible weather, which kept the team from practicing outdoors. That had an impact since there is only so much that can be accomplished in a gym.
Still, despite all of the challenges, several players were able to showcase their considerable talents in the field, at the plate and on the mound. The teenagers are sure to be key pieces in the puzzle as varsity head coach Billy Harris strives to assemble a winning program.
Sophomores Jake Costabile, Jonah Anastos, Jonah Salese and Jonathan Magerle along with freshman Mike Mathews all shined. Left-handed pitcher Michael Reed also dazzled at times. Most teams right up to the Major League level crave big, strong left-handed pitchers and Huntington is no different.
There were games when the Blue Devils were swamped by opponents, but there were others that featured close scores, like 2-0 and 6-3 losses to Bellport, a 4-1 setback to Deer Park and a 6-2 defeat at the hands of North Babylon.
“The team is full of a passion that is hard to find with the [kind of] season we had,” Vega said. “With a few more key players, we can win a lot of games.”
The team’s top players featured a mix of infielders, outfielders and pitchers. “These players work hard at elevating the team in their own way, no matter what the situation,” Vega said.
The 16-player team included ten freshmen. “I am hoping to retain some of my key underclassmen and backfill with the current seventh and eighth grader players,” said Vega when asked to provide a forecast for next spring.