07/14/15 1:22am

The stars will come out on Wednesday night. Prominent among them will be members of the North Fork Ospreys and the Riverhead Tomcats.

Ten Ospreys and nine Tomcats were named to play in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank on Wednesday night. Those Ospreys and Tomcats will be joined by representatives of the Shelter Island Bucks on the North team that will play the South, which will have players from the Montauk Mustangs, the Sag Harbor Whalers, the Southampton Breakers and the Westhampton Aviators.  (more…)

07/13/15 3:36pm

Despite not being a fan of a wake-up alarm going off at 4:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning (or any morning, for that matter), I really didn’t mind too much this past Sunday.

The assignment necessitating the really early start was the Mighty North Fork Sprint Triathlon, which is neat to cover because it is so different from most of the other sports we chronicle on these pages. So, in order to be at Cedar Beach County Park in Southold well in time for the 6:50 a.m. start, it meant being on the road by 5:30 a.m., with pens, notebook and a digital recorder in hand, ready to hunt for an interesting story.  (more…)

07/12/15 11:28am
Billy Holl of Bayport, in only his second year in the sport, won the 17th annual Mighty North Fork Sprint Triathlon on Sunday morning at Cedar Beach in Southold. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Billy Holl of Bayport, in only his second year in the sport, won the 17th annual Mighty North Fork Sprint Triathlon on Sunday morning at Cedar Beach in Southold. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

A large orange sphere slowly rose over the eastern horizon. It looked more like an alien planet in a science fiction movie than the sun.

That was the scene many of the athletes and spectators were treated to prior to the start of the 17th annual Mighty North Fork Sprint Triathlon early Sunday morning.

It was quite a sight to behold.

Of course, once the race started at 6:50 a.m. at Cedar Beach in Southold, the participants had other things on their minds, like finishing in the fastest time possible. (more…)

07/11/15 9:29pm

BUCKS 9, TOMCATS 5

On days like Saturday, the Riverhead Tomcats must wish there was something like a baseball bank. Need a run, take a run. Need a hit, take a hit. Just tuck away any excess offense you may have to your credit and save it for a rainy day, so to speak.

It would have come in handy for the Tomcats, who banged out 22 hits (including four each by Nate Soria and Hunter Dolshun) in a 14-5 defeat of the Montauk Mustangs on Friday. Had they been able to carry over some of those hits and runs to Saturday’s game against the Shelter Island Bucks, it might have made a difference. As it was, the Bucks showed why they hold first place in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League and the hard-luck Tomcats came up short, 9-5, at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton.  (more…)

07/11/15 8:00pm
Former Shoreham-Wading River High School catcher Jack Massa is spending his summer with the Westhampton Aviators. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Former Shoreham-Wading River High School catcher Jack Massa is spending his summer with the Westhampton Aviators. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

The players on the 2014 Shoreham-Wading River High School baseball team were a close bunch. “The closest team I’ve ever been a part of,” said catcher Jack Massa.

Massa said he still sees former Wildcats teammates and spends time with them when he is home from college. He even crosses paths with one of them, Tyler Osik, on the baseball diamond.  (more…)

07/06/15 9:38pm
Riverhead's Tyler Osik waits for the throw at second base as he tries to turn a double play against Westhampton (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead’s Tyler Osik waits for a throw to second base as he tries to turn a double play against Westhampton (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

AVIATORS 9, TOMCATS 2

It seemed hard to believe afterward, looking at the scoreboard at Aviator Field in Westhampton, but for six tight innings, the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League game had been a classic pitching duel.

And then the wheels came flying off, sending the Riverhead Tomcats tumbling to defeat.

That’s baseball for you.  (more…)