Baseball: SWR alumni game scheduled for Saturday

07/29/2014 10:30 AM |
The Shoreham-Wading River baseball team in 2012 after winning the county title. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

The Shoreham-Wading River baseball team in 2012 after winning the county title. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

The numbers of three Shoreham-Wading River baseball players will be retired during a ceremony Saturday prior to an alumni game at Kevin Williams Memorial Field. 

Shoreham will retire Buddy Gengler’s No. 12, Matt Millheiser’s No. 9 and Bryan Sabatella’s No. 17. They will join the five numbers already retired, including the No. 10 worn by former major leaguer Keith Osik.

Gengler graduated from Shoreham in 1997. His .530 batting average as a senior in ’97 remains the best single-season average in program history. He also holds program records for a single season in hits (44), RBI (49), slugging percentage (.891) and is tied for total bases (74).

Millheiser was an all-state catcher as a senior in 2000. He was also a standout football player and is now the head varsity coach for Shoreham.

Sabatella was an all-state first baseman as a senior in 2002. He holds the school record for career doubles with 29. He’s fourth all-time in both career hits (102) and RBI (82).

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and the alumni game will follow afterward. The current numbers retired are No. 7 for Julio Vega (’90), No. 10 for Osik (’84-’87), No. 13 for Jared Janoski (’86-’87), No. 16 for Kevin Williams (’94-’95) and No. 44 for Eric Strovink (’85-’88).

The game will be hosted in conjunction with the Kevin Williams Foundation.

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CORRECTION: The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. prior to the alumni game, not afterward.

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