04/22/14 6:59pm
Riverhead freshman Jens Summerlin in action against Southold/Greenport senior Dylan Stromski on Tuesday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Riverhead freshman Jens Summerlin in action against Southold/Greenport senior Dylan Stromski on Tuesday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

CLIPPERS 7, BLUE WAVES 0

Dylan Stromski had a choice to make before the high school boys tennis season started. The Southold/Greenport senior, who was an All-County doubles player last year along with Will Richter, had the choice of remaining at doubles or switching to singles. Doubles would have been the safe pick, but Stromski opted to play singles for the first time since he was a freshman.

“I wanted to step up to the challenge,” he said.

And he has. All things considered, the move hasn’t turned out badly for Stromski, who has a 3-4 record as the Clippers’ first singles player.

At coach Andrew Sadowski’s urging, Stromski has made a point of aggressively going for winners when the opportunity presents itself and the time is right. Evidence of that spirit of nothing ventured, nothing gained could be seen on a windy Tuesday afternoon when Stromski posted a 6-4, 6-4 win over Riverhead freshman Jens Summerlin. It was part of a 7-0 sweep in points by the Clippers at Riverhead High School.

Stromski made 18 unforced errors to Summerlin’s seven, but he also put away 12 winners to the four by his younger opponent. Also, Stromski delivered 17 service aces against only one double fault.

The Clippers (4-4, 4-3 Suffolk County League VIII) also received two-set singles wins from Gary Prieto, Michael Shade and Greg Quist. Prieto was a 6-3, 6-0 victor against Dillon Fava-Wiggins; Shade prevailed in a second-set tiebreaker, 7-3, after taking the first set, 6-3; and Quist posted a 6-2, 6-2 result.

In the only doubles match that was played, Brian Hallock and Richter combined for a 6-2, 6-2 defeat of Edgar Garcia and Steve Velasquez.

Because they didn’t have enough players, the Blue Waves (0-8, 0-8) forfeit second doubles and third doubles. They have been outscored in team points this season by 51-5.

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04/19/14 2:23pm
In two varsity starts, Shoreham-Wading River freshman Brian Morrell has two no-hitters. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk file photo)

In two varsity starts, Shoreham-Wading River freshman Brian Morrell has pitched two no-hitters. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk file photo)

WILDCATS 4, PANTHERS 0

Brian Morrell did it again.

Incredibly, eight days after pitching a no-hitter in his first varsity start for the Shoreham-Wading River High School baseball team, the 15-year-old freshman turned in a repeat performance on Saturday. In his first pitching appearance since that memorable no-hitter against Mount Sinai, Morrell hurled another one, this time shutting down Miller Place’s bats in a 4-0 victory.

After a Morrell pitch froze Jake Hansen for a called third strike and the game’s final out, Morrell trotted off the Miller Place High School field and into coach Sal Mignano’s arms before receiving hugs from teammates.

“I was like, ‘How did I just do this?’ ” Morrell said. “It was a great experience — for the second time, too. It was just amazing.”

Mignano said he has never before had a pitcher throw no-hitters in consecutive outings during his 38-year reign as the Wildcats’ coach.

“Maybe right now we don’t realize the magnitude of the accomplishment,” he said. “I think we’ll look back on it in a couple of years and go, ‘It’s just incredible.’ ”

In the 19 innings Morrell has pitched this season, he has not allowed a run to score and has given up only a few hits.

“He’s a machine, man,” said Shoreham center fielder Chris Moran.

Moran, one of Shoreham’s nine seniors, said he knew Morrell was this kind of a pitcher. “He’s got good everything,” Moran said. “He’s got a good change, a good fastball, a good slider. A batter doesn’t know what he’s going to throw and he throws hard, too.”

With his first no-hitter still fresh in his mind, Morrell said he felt nerves, but that experience helped him this time, regardless.

Morrell (2-0), the No. 3 pitcher in Shoreham’s starting rotation, walked six batters against eight strikeouts as part of his 101-pitch performance. The right-hander also received help from his friends. The Suffolk County League VII-leading Wildcats (10-0-1, 6-0) turned two double plays and played exceptional defense, without committing an error.

“Without my team, I couldn’t have done this,” Morrell said. “This is a special group, really.”

Miller Place’s first at-bat of the game easily could have been a hit if not for third baseman Tyler Osik’s nifty bare-handed pickup and throw from a Joe Riso ground ball.

Morrell helped his own cause in the second inning by pitching himself out of a jam with two runners in scoring position as a result of walks. He picked up all three outs on strikeouts.

In the third, it was Morrell himself coming through with a big fielding play. Vinny Bua bounced a chopper in front of home plate; Morrell did well to collect the ball and fire a throw to first baseman Adam Piotrowski for the out.

Miller Place (5-6, 3-3) threatened again in the fifth. With two outs and two runners on base, Shoreham shortstop Matt Fox did well to glove a grounder hit up the middle by Riso and then lunge to get his glove on second base for an inning-ending forceout.

“The defense was outstanding,” said Mignano.

And the offense wasn’t bad, either. The Wildcats supplied nine hits worth of offense, including two apiece by Moran and Morrell.

The Wildcats put up two runs in the second. Jack Massa, who led off with a single, scored on a groundout by Zach Parilla. Piotrowski tagged a run-scoring single for the second run.

Moran led off the fifth by shooting a single to center field. Osik brought him home with a sacrifice fly.

A run-scoring double by Moran in the sixth gave the Wildcats another insurance run.

The Wildcats are rolling. The win was their eighth in a row.

Morrell said he may never have been as nervous as he was in the seventh inning with a second straight no-hitter on the line. Those nerves didn’t show, though. Morrell retired the side in order, getting Andrew Lutjen to pop up and T. J. Drumerhauser to ground out before the game-ending strikeout.

“After the first [no-hitter] there was a lot of texting and emails and phone calls,” Mignano said, “but I can imagine what it’s going to be like after today because nobody can expect that from anybody.”

Morrell’s next starting assignment is scheduled for Thursday at home against Westhampton Beach.

On a day when it seemed as if Morrell could do just about anything, one thing he couldn’t do was compare his two no-hitters. He started to answer that question before stopping himself and saying, “They’re no-hitters.”

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04/14/14 6:57pm
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Paul Annunziata stealing second base while Mattituck shortstop Marcos Perivolaris covers the bag during the second inning. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Paul Annunziata stealing second base while Mattituck shortstop Marcos Perivolaris covers the bag during the second inning. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 14, MONARCHS 4

This high school baseball season has been a big hit for Mattituck, and for good reason, too. The Tuckers are hitting the proverbial cover off the ball.

Bountiful offensive production goes a long way toward explaining the Tuckers’ first-place standing in Suffolk County League VIII. So imagine the stir it caused when the league’s last-place team, Bishop McGann-Mercy, led through the first half of Monday’s game.  (more…)

04/12/14 8:09pm
Ryan Bray of Shoreham-Wading River circling around the Seton Hall Prep goal, looking for room to shoot. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Ryan Bray of Shoreham-Wading River circling around the Seton Hall Prep goal, looking for room to shoot. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

PIRATES 14, WILDCATS 10

The Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats may have visions — nightmares, really — about Jules Heningburg dodging defenders with great dexterity, making lightning-quick turns and firing in goal after goal. Should they wake up in a sweat, they wouldn’t be able to console themselves with the thought that it was just a dream.

No, it was real, all too real for the Wildcats. (more…)

04/07/14 8:46pm
Parker Tuthill brought Mattituck one of its three wins at singles, defeating Shoreham-Wading River's Brandon Porcele in two sets. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Parker Tuthill brought Mattituck one of its three wins at singles, defeating Shoreham-Wading River’s Brandon Porcele in two sets. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 4 1/2, WILDCATS 2 1/2

Tiebreakers in tennis are pressure situations. Tiebreakers in a decisive third set are even tougher still.

With a light rain falling on a wet court and a chill hanging in the air, Ty Bugdin and Sean Granberg felt the heat. Then they responded. (more…)

03/25/14 8:17pm
Shoreham-Wading River's Courtney Clasen, left, leaned forward at the finish line to nip Mattituck's Desirae Hubbard in the 100 meters. (Credit: Garret Meade).

Shoreham-Wading River’s Courtney Clasen, left, leaned forward at the finish line to nip Mattituck’s Desirae Hubbard by 1/10th of a second in the 100 meters. (Credit: Garret Meade).

WILDCATS 95, TUCKERS 55

It wasn’t a day conducive for good distances and times, being that it was only two meets into the high school girls track and field season and the athletes had to contend with a blast of cold weather. Regardless, the coaches of both teams said there were some fine performances, nonetheless.

Shoreham-Wading River had enough of them to pull away to a 95-55 victory over Mattituck in a Suffolk County League VII meet on Tuesday. (more…)

03/21/14 9:06pm
Bishop McGann-Mercy relief pitcher Mike Chalicki was brought in the game to get the last out of the top of the seventh inning. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk).

Bishop McGann-Mercy relief pitcher Mike Chalicki was brought in the game to get the last out of the top of the seventh inning. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk).

WHALERS 8, MONARCHS 1

Judging by the postgame remarks coming from Bishop McGann-Mercy dugout, one might have thought that the Monarchs had won their season-opening baseball game. They didn’t. And while they didn’t gain a win, the Monarchs apparently gained a healthy dose of confidence.

For one thing, the Monarchs’ opponent on Friday was Pierson/Bridgehampton, the defending Southeast Region Class C champion. Not too shabby. (more…)

03/20/14 7:52pm
Shoreham-Wading River's Alex Makoske unleashing a shot in the face of defensive pressure from Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Tim Schmidt. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Alex Makoske unleashing a shot in the face of defensive pressure from Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Lucas Webb. (Credit: Garret Meade)

WILDCATS 18, TUCKERS 3

The first true glimpse of the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys lacrosse team left little doubt that goal scoring will not be a problem for the Wildcats this season. Nor will face-offs, passing, defense and goaltending, for that matter.

The start of Shoreham’s season, and the Justin Arini era, began Thursday when the Wildcats rolled to victory in convincing fashion, 18-3, over Mattituck/Greenport/Southold in a non-division game at Mattituck High School. Arini, who succeeded Tom Rotanz, becoming only the second coach the Wildcats have ever had, liked what he saw from the defending Long Island Class C champions. Troy Miller, a senior attackman, struck for three goals and three assists. Alex Makoske added three goals and an assist. Ryan Bray and Dalton Baron also recorded hat tricks.

(more…)