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2010 ACBL Standings

Wolff Division

Quakertown 23 15 .605 --
Lehigh Valley 19 17 .528 3.0
Jersey 18 20 .474 5.0
Lackawanna 16 22 .421 7.0

Kaiser Division

Long Island 22 15 .595 --
Staten Island 21 18 .538 2.0
Torrington 21 18 .538 2.0
North Jersey 12 26 .316 10.5

Hampton Division

North Fork 27 14 .659 --
Westhampton 22 19 .537 5.0
Riverhead 19 22 .463 8.0
Southampton 18 23 .439 9.0
Sag Harbor 16 25 .390 11.0

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Aviators will be looking to land another championship

Article courtesy of The Southampton Press and written by Drew Budd

The Westhampton Aviators return this summer as the defending Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League champions and new head coach Jeff Quiros thinks anything less than a repeat will be unacceptable.

“The goal is to win the whole thing,” he said. “If we’re not playing for that then we’re not playing for anything. There is no doubt that that is our goal. We’re going to win, but we’re going to have a good time doing it. I’d be disappointed if the team doesn’t win back-to-back championships.”

Last season, the Aviators defeated the North Fork Osprey—which won the regular season title with a 25-15 record—two out of three games to win the Kaiser/Hamptons Division title. Westhampton then defeated the Jersey Pilots 7-5 for the ACBL crown.

The dugouts at the Aviator’s home field behind Westhampton Beach Elementary School won’t be the only thing that’s new for Westhampton this year as the roster will have a new look as well. Only two players—Chris Griffin (Iona, Junior) and Gavin McCullough (Fairfield, Sophomore)—will be returning, but the Aviators do have a number of players who are enjoying very good seasons at their respective colleges. Alex Williams (Louisiana Tech, Sophomore) is a 6-foot-6-inch, 260-pound first baseman who will provide power in the middle of the lineup. He batted .354 with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs at Louisiana Tech this season. Blake Slattery (Southeast Missouri State, Junior) will roam the outfield for Westhampton this season. He hit .309 with six homers and 37 RBIs this season. Joe Candela, a 2009 graduate of Westhampton Beach High School and now a freshman on the Dowling College baseball team, will be returning home and will be a utility player for the Aviators.

Westhampton’s pitching staff looks to be formidable as well. Bay Shore native John Soldinger (Manhattan, Freshman) is 5-2 with a 1.72 earned run average and also has seven saves in his first collegiate season. He was recently named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s Rookie of the Week. D.J. Voisine (UCONN, Freshman) and Kyle Lloyd (Evansville, Freshman) are also highly regarded arms on the Aviators staff.

Quiros is coming to Westhampton as an assistant coach from St. John’s University where he’s been for the past two years. He played high school ball at Mamaroneck High School, where he was a two-time All-State catcher. He then moved on to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he played four years. After graduating, Quiros returned to Mamaroneck as a hitting coach and the team won back-to-back New York State titles while it averaged 13 runs a game under Quiros’ tutelage as hitting coach. Quiros coached the Saratoga Phillies of the New York Collegiate Baseball League just last season.

Quiros said it’s a little too early to know his team’s strengths and/or weaknesses or the type of game his team will play. That won’t be known until a few weeks into the season.

“I’m very confident in the team that we have,” he said. “I like our depth. We have good players coming in from good programs. We’ll try and be aggressive on the base paths. I have a certain philosophy of how I think the game should be played but that will be dictated [by] the knowledge of our players.”

The ACBL was given a realignment this season, as a few teams dropped out and a few new teams were added. The Kaiser/Hamptons Division has now split into two separate divisions within the league. There will be Wolff and Kaiser divisions, as always, but the new Hamptons Division will consist of the five teams that played its inaugural season last year. Those teams include the Aviators, Osprey, Southampton Breakers, Sag Harbor Whalers and Riverhead Tomcats. The realignment allows for the Hamptons teams to play each other throughout the season and reduces travel time and costs for each team.

The ACBL schedule begins June 2, but the Hamptons Division teams will not start play until June 4. Westhampton will play its first game at home on June 5 against Southampton at 5 p.m.
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