Alvin Melendez, a sophomore at Fordham University, made the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team this year based on his work as a relief pitcher for the Rams. But it is Melendez’s batting that is making an impression in this young Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League season. READ
Call them summer rentals.
That is essentially what the players in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League are. Colleges entrust their players to the care of the HCBL clubs for the purpose of training and development. The Riverhead Tomcats’ new manager, Mike Amendola, had an apropos analogy.
Paul Koretzki isn’t afraid to make a bold statement about the long-distance runners on his Shoreham-Wading River High School girls track and field team. Without hesitation, the coach called the five runners in question “the greatest distance team in the history of Suffolk County, maybe in the state of New York.”
A bold comment like that requires bold supporting evidence. Here it is: two national champion relay teams and five All-Americans — junior Katherine Lee and seniors Payton Capes-Davis, Amanda Dwyer, Aly Hayes and Maria Smith.
It’s Katherine Lee for three.
A Shoreham-Wading River High School girl had never received an Athlete of the Year award more than once from the Riverhead News-Review before Lee came around.
Katherine Lee’s face lit up in glee.
It was at once a familiar sight, and an unusual one at the same time.
Now that’s an even dozen.
Shoreham-Wading River not only plays winning lacrosse, but it plays with style and panache. All those qualities were on display Wednesday night when the Wildcats captured their 12th county championship and second in a row.
Quantity is great. It sure helps, but sometimes nothing beats quality.
Perhaps more than anything, that was the lesson to be taken from Shoreham-Wading River’s triumph in the Section XI girls track and field division championships. Five Shoreham athletes accounted for all but 10 of the team’s 105 points as the Wildcats claimed their seventh Suffolk County championship in the meet, which wrapped up Friday at Ward Melville High School.
The waiting game can be a dangerous game. Mike Taylor knows that only too well.
Shoreham-Wading River High School’s boys lacrosse coach recalled two years ago when his Wildcats were in the exact same situation they were in on Saturday. Having received a bye straight into the Suffolk County semifinals, Shoreham then faced Sayville and lost a close one in 2015.