Two East End high school baseball players are going to need some help making this year’s Suffolk County Senior All-Star team, which will play against Nassau County in the 10th annual Blue Chip Prospects Grand Slam Challenge at Farmingdale State College on Monday, June 16, at 7 p.m.
With the rosters for both teams already filled out, there are four alternate players on the cusp of making each team. Brett Pisaneschi of Westhampton Beach and Kory Cassara of Eastport South Manor are two of the four players that can make Suffolk’s team with the help of online fan voting. One of the four players up for the voting will make the team. West Islip’s Matt Klein and Ken Adair of Harborfields are also up for the player vote.
To vote for a player, go to www.newsday.com/highschool. Voting ends Friday at noon.
Pisaneschi, known as “Bubba” by his coaches and teammates, helped lead the Hurricanes to their first postseason in 12 years, then threw a 1-0 shutout over Islip in the first round. He led Westhampton Beach in many different statistical categories, including wins (5), saves (2), ERA (1.90) and strikeouts (64 in 53 innings pitched). He was also an offensive threat, posting a .333 batting average with 15 RBIs and six doubles, all stats that led the team.
“He’s a bulldog, a gamer out there,” Westhampton Beach head coach Tom Hoare said of Pisaneschi. “And he’s a great offensive player too.”
Kory Cassara was one of two All-County players for the Sharks this season—the other being Mike Shine. Cassara batted .462 with two home runs, 32 RBIs and 20 runs scored in 22 games played this spring. He also had six doubles and only struck out five times all year. Cassara filled in at third base when fellow senior Mat Annunziata went down with a major injury. Eventually, Cassara went back to his usual catcher position, where he picked off six base runners and threw out 10 of the 12 runners that tried to steal a base.
ESM head coach Matt Salmon was a little bothered by the news that Cassara was the only one from his team selected to appear on the All-Star team. He thought that Shine should have made the team as well. He batted .500 as a junior and turned in a solid senior season with a .491 average, 19 RBIs, 24 runs and 11 stolen bases. He made one error on defense and was second in the League V Most Valuable Player award voting.
“Kory and Mike are two seniors who are talked about all the time when you talk about ability level in Suffolk County,” Salmon said. “Shine is one of the best players in the county and for him not to be on the team is a disaster.”
Hampton Bays head coach Pete Meehan is an assistant on the Suffolk All-Stars and Pierson senior catcher Aaron Schiavoni was selected for the team outright.