Anthony Farina is playing in the outfield for the Newburgh Nuclears’ senior American Legion team this summer after playing for O’Neill for three years as an outfielder.
“My dad put me into it when I was really young,” said Farina, of playing baseball. “And I just stuck with it.”
Farina started playing baseball when he was about three or four years old. He recently graduated from O’Neill, and he’ll attend SUNY Cobleskill, play baseball and study turf management.
“It’s fun,” he said, of playing baseball. “It keeps me in shape, I guess.”
Farina was getting ready with the Nukes last week as they were preparing to play the Middletown Cobras at their Field of Dreams facility in Montgomery. The Nukes beat the Cobras 6-3 behind a combined four-hitter from Dylan Warren and Brendan Mahusky.
The victory qualified the Nukes for the district tournament, and Farina likes the competition of summer legion ball. The Nukes are also a contrast to the inconsistent spring Farina had at O’Neill.
“We’d show up in one game and beat a team 13-0. And then the next day get beat 13-0 by the same team,” he said. “It wasn’t consistent at all.”
But winning and losing isn’t everything in baseball. There are friendships formed early at a young age when the game is starting to be played, and Farina said the team was like that – despite their failure to collectively execute at times for better results.
“When you play with your close friends since preschool,” he said, “it helps.”