05/31/15 10:12pm
Former Shoreham-Wading River High School standout Tyler Osik made his debut for the Riverhead Tomcats in their season-opening game on Sunday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Former Shoreham-Wading River High School standout Tyler Osik made his debut for the Riverhead Tomcats in their season-opening game on Sunday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

OSPREYS 3, TOMCATS 1

Despite the threat of thunderstorms and rain, the weather held up. So did the pitching.

Receiving the starting pitching assignment on Opening Day was an honor bestowed upon Cameron Burt of the North Fork Ospreys and Dan Jagiello of the Riverhead Tomcats. Both right-handers responded with quality performances on Sunday when the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League opened its third season.

After both teams went hitless in the first five innings, the Ospreys prevailed in a pitcher’s duel, 3-1, at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton.

All the scoring came in the seventh inning, by which time both Burt and Jagiello were done for the day.

The Ospreys shot out to a lead on three successive hits. James Morisano and Ryan Mahoney both singled before the designated hitter, Peter Papcun, drove a triple over the right fielder, Hunter Dolshun. Moments later, Papcun scored to make it 3-0 when the home-plate umpire called a balk.

The Tomcats had only 13 players available. They were missing 11 players who are still in the playoffs with their college teams. That prompted their manager, Randy Caden, to utilize one pitcher, Tanner Watkins, as a designated hitter, and another pitcher, Jake Reinhardt, at first base for the last three innings. Another pitcher, Adam Wolhorf, was picked up at around 9:30 p.m. the night before to help with the pitching shortage, said Caden. Wolhorf pitched the last three innings.

Jagiello, who completed his sophomore season at LIU Post, certainly did his part. Caden said he was looking for three or four innings from him. Instead, Jagiello provided six innings of shutout stuff, during which he conceded only two hits, no walks and struck out seven.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Burt, a former Mattituck High School star who plays for Queens College, had a pretty good game himself. He brought his side five shutout innings, allowing three hits. He walked four and struck out four.

The Tomcats had mounted threats, but stranded two runners in the second and fourth innings.

In the fifth, the Tomcats had the bases loaded with no outs, but came away with nothing. The Ospreys second baseman, Nick DelPrete, made a tremendous diving grab of a liner hit by Nate Soria and then quickly darted a throw to second to catch the runner off the base for a double play. The third out came when catcher Jake Lieberman made a perfect throw to DelPrete to catch Paulie Russo trying to steal.

The Tomcats finally broke through with a run in the seventh. Watkins, who drew a two-out walk and advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt, reached home when Russo bounced a single up the middle.

Both teams, sporting new uniforms, had a little time to kill when an oddity occurred. Before the fifth inning started, it had gotten considerably darker and the umpires called for a darkness delay that lasted about five minutes while some ominous clouds floated by and the sky lightened up a bit.

Former Shoreham-Wading River High School standout Tyler Osik made his debut for the Tomcats, starting at second base. Osik, who will be a sophomore at Coker College (S.C.), walked in his first three plate appearances and looked at a called third strike in his fourth. He had two assists and one putout.

The Ospreys manager, Bill Ianniciello, said he liked what he saw from his pitchers. The Ospreys used five of them — Burt, Shane McDonald, Frank Moscatiello, Danny Pobereyko and Daniel Jacobson.

After facing only two batters in the sixth, McDonald left the game because of trouble with his left elbow. Moscatiello got the win, striking out three and giving one hit in two innings, and Jacobson picked up the save.

bliepa@timesreview.com

05/29/15 9:50pm
Riverhead's Steven Reid, left, leans forward at the finish line to nip a Copiague runner for victory in the 4x100-meter relay. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s Steven Reid, left, leans forward at the finish line to nip a Copiague runner for victory in the 4×100-meter relay. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS

To say that Ryan DiResta had a good track and field meet would be putting it mildly. The Riverhead High School senior produced personal records in four of the five events that make up the pentathlon. No wonder he not only finished first in points, but he also set a school record in the process in the Division Championships at Comsewogue High School on Friday.

DiResta ended up with a total of 3,159 points to top the Suffolk County Division II field. That shattered Riverhead’s previous record of 2,791 that was set by Yves Perodin in 1993, according to coach Steve Gevinski.

“This is like a big achievement for me,” said DiResta, who is in his second year of competing in the pentathlon.

DiResta’s nearest competition came from Smithtown East senior Ben Lebit, who had 3,010 points.

To help him reach the top, DiResta put up personal-best numbers in the 110-meter high hurdles (second in 17.07 seconds), the high jump (second at 1.83 meters), the shot put (fourth at 11.03 meters) and the 1,500 meters (second in 4:36.00). He was also second in the long jump at 6.22 meters.

DiResta’s fine showing, along with victories by triple jumper Curtis Flippen and the 4×100-meter relay team, helped Riverhead to a third-place team ranking with 74 points. The only teams to finish ahead of the Blue Waves were Huntington (99) and Eastport/South Manor (86).

The most thrilling race of the day might have been Riverhead’s triumph in the 4×100 relay. In a photo finish, Steven Reid III leaned his head forward at the finish line to nip a Copiague runner by the slimmest of margins. After a review of the photo confirmed the victory, the Blue Waves screamed and jumped for joy.

The team, which included Andrew Smith, Jacob Robinson and Marcus Reid, Steven’s brother, was timed in 43.27 seconds, nipping out Copiague by 1/100th of a second.

On Wednesday, the first day of the meet, Flippen, a junior, covered 43 feet 4 1/4 inches to take first place in the triple jump.

Riverhead pole vaulters Kyle Gevinski and Brendan Krumbiegel finished in a four-way tie for second place, clearing 11-0.

Another Riverheader, Troy Trent, threw the shot put 54-1/2, good enough for second place.

Steven Reid III and Robinson turned in third-place finishes, with Reid’s time of 11.39 in the 100 and Robinson’s 50.09 in the 400.

EXHAUSTED KELLY TRIUMPHS IN 400 Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Dale Kelly was exhausted following the Division III 400-meter final, and for good reason. The junior had won in 50.02.

Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Gladysz flew to victory in the 800 in 1:59.18.

Mattituck junior Jack Dufton took second in the pentathlon with 2,683 points. Dufton capped off his meet with a winning time of 4:24.25 in the 1,600. He was also first in the high jump (1.73 meters), second in the shot put (9.77 meters), tied for third in the long jump (5.62 meters) and sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles (19.95).

In the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, McGann-Mercy’s Alex Frabizio came in third in 57.63.

Shoreham’s Brendon Frances ended up third in the shot put with a throw of 45-0.

Amityville won the team title with 123 1/2 points. Shoreham (24) was ninth, McGann-Mercy (16) was 14th, Mattituck (8) was 17th and Greenport/Southold (2) was 19th.

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05/28/15 9:59pm
Shoreham-Wading River pole vaulter Haley Lindell cleared 9 feet to finish in third place at the Division Championships. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk).

Shoreham-Wading River pole vaulter Haley Lindell cleared 9 feet to finish in third place at the Division Championships at Northport High School. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk).

DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS

Shoreham-Wading River High School has a proud history of producing good long-distance runners. Perhaps it’s the wooded areas near the school that provide the right training venue for them, surmised Paul Koretzki, Shoreham’s girls track and field coach.

Whatever it is, it’s working. (more…)

05/27/15 1:00pm
Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Kuhnle (25-0), who hasn't had to play a third set this season, is the Suffolk County singles champion. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Kuhnle (25-0), who hasn’t had to play a third set this season, is the Suffolk County singles champion. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Chris Kuhnle had not been extended to a third set all season, so why should things have changed for the Suffolk County boys tennis individual tournament? The Shoreham-Wading River junior lived up to his No. 1 seed, beating all four opponents he faced to capture the county singles title.

Kuhnle defeated the No. 2 seed, Stephen Gruppuso of Bayport-Blue Point, 6-2, 6-3, in the final last Wednesday at William Floyd High School. The result brought Kuhnle’s record to 25-0 and made him the first Shoreham boy to win a county crown since Christopher Cahill, who accomplished the feat over 20 years ago, according to Shoreham coach Debbie Lutjen. (more…)

05/23/15 3:22pm
Shoreham-Wading River returned to its Kevin Williams Memorial Field on Saturday to defeat Elwood/John Glenn, 7-2, and even their Suffolk County Class A semifinal series at a game apiece. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Shoreham-Wading River returned to its Kevin Williams Memorial Field on Saturday to defeat Elwood/John Glenn, 7-2, and even their Suffolk County Class A semifinal series at a game apiece. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS A TOURNAMENT | WILDCATS 7, KNIGHTS 2

It sure seemed as if Elwood/John Glenn had Shoreham-Wading River’s number. The previous four games between the two high school baseball teams had ended the same way: with Glenn victories.

This time, however, with much more riding on the line, Shoreham survived to play another day. (more…)

05/16/15 6:16pm
Riverhead's Cody Dilworth putting a ball in play during his team's playoff loss to Half Hollow Hills East on Saturday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s Cody Dilworth putting a ball in play during his team’s playoff loss to Half Hollow Hills East on Saturday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS AA TOURNAMENT | THUNDERBIRDS 10, BLUE WAVES 0

For the Riverhead High School baseball team, the thrill and excitement of qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in seven years met a jarring reality on Saturday. Reaching the postseason is one thing, but winning a playoff game is quite another.

Riverhead’s long-awaited return to the playoffs was a harsh one. The Blue Waves were blasted, 10-0, as Half Hollow Hills East played a virtually flawless qualifying-round game in the Suffolk County Class AA Tournament in Dix Hills. Hills East will next play either No. 7 Sachem East or No. 16 Bellport for the right to advance to the championship round. (more…)

05/12/15 10:17pm
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Kaitlyn Butterfield, far left, and Meg Tuthill led the way during the 1,500-meter race. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Kaitlyn Butterfield, far left, and Meg Tuthill led the way during the 1,500-meter race. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

MONARCHS 116, CLIPPERS 24

A league dual-meet championship in high school girls track and field can be a rather fragile thing. Because teams run only a handful of dual meets over the course of a season, a loss can be devastating to a team’s title chances.

That was the case with Bishop McGann-Mercy last year when the Monarchs lost their season-opening meet to Southampton. It was their one and only loss of the season, but it cost them the league championship.

The Monarchs haven’t slipped up since then, winning 11 straight dual meets since that loss to Southampton. With their 116-24 defeat of Greenport/Southold on Tuesday night in Riverhead, the Monarchs capped a 6-0 season and won the Suffolk County League VIII championship outright. It is their sixth league title since 2001 and fifth in seven years, according to the team’s second-year coach, Collin Zeffer. (more…)

05/11/15 5:06pm
Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Kuhnle (20-0), who hasn't been pushed to three sets this season, won the Division IV singles championship. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Kuhnle (20-0), who hasn’t been pushed to three sets this season, won the Division IV singles championship. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

SUFFOLK COUNTY DIVISION IV CHAMPIONSHIPS

Chris Kuhnle said it wasn’t easy. The scores may suggest otherwise, but Kuhnle said winning the Suffolk County Division IV singles championship on Monday was hard work, something he is not a stranger to.

Hard work, Kuhnle said, is what has brought his tennis game to where it is. The Shoreham-Wading River High School junior, the top-seeded player in the division tournament, reached the final for the second year in a row. The only difference is this time he was the one presented with the keepsake tournament bracket that goes to the champion. (more…)