Three SWR teams enter playoffs as No. 1 seed

05/14/2012 3:00 PM |

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River first baseman Nick Bottari and the Wildcats will look to defend their county title beginning Friday.

After closing out the regular season by winning 10 of its final 11 games, the Shoreham-Wading River baseball team will enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed in Class A.

The defending county champions await the winner of No. 4 Rocky Point and No. 5 Sayville. Shoreham will host the winner at 4 p.m. Friday. Only six teams earned a spot in the playoffs for Class A so the top two seeds both received first-round byes. Bayport-Blue Point was the No. 2 seed.

The Wildcats finished the regular season 16-4.

If the Wildcats win, they wouldn’t play again until May 23 for a chance to advance to the county finals. A loss Friday would send them into the loser’s bracket where they would have to win five games in a row to win the county title.

The schedule is spread out enough that it would allow the Wildcats to use their No. 1 pitcher in each of the first three games if they won. The first game of the county championship would be May 29, six days after the previous game.

In boys lacrosse, Shoreham-Wading River won the Division II regular season crown and is the No. 1 seed in Class C. The Wildcats (13-3 overall) will host No. 4 John Glenn May 24 at 4 p.m.

In girls lacrosse, Shoreham-Wading River jumped ahead of Mount Sinai in power points after the final game of the regular season to take the No. 1 seed in Class C. That allows the Wildcats to earn an automatic bid into the county finals. Mount Sinai will play Babylon in a semifinal.

The Wildcats will host the winner at 3 p.m. May 31 at Dowling Sports Complex.

The softball regular season ends Wednesday and brackets will be released Thursday. Rain is in the forecast for Tuesday, which could delay the start of the postseason if games are postponed.

Shoreham-Wading River has clinched a spot in the postseason. Riverhead, meanwhile, must win today at Hauppauge and Tuesday at home against Copiague.

joew@timesreview.com