Articles by

Joe Werkmeister

05/29/15 6:47pm
Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Fox pitched a complete game shutout against Bayport-Blue Point in Game 2 of the Class A county championship Friday. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Fox pitched a complete game shutout against Bayport-Blue Point in Game 2 of the Class A county championship Friday. (Credit: Bill Landon)

CLASS A COUNTY FINALS, GAME 2  |  WILDCATS 4, PHANTOMS 0

It took only 73 minutes for Shoreham-Wading River to ensure its season wasn’t over just yet.

Behind a six-hit shutout from senior Matt Fox, a pair of early home runs and some superb defense, the Wildcats blanked Bayport-Blue Point 4-0 in Game 2 of the Class A championship Friday afternoon at Kevin Williams Memorial Field.

Each team will turn to their aces for a decisive Game 3 Monday back in Bayport to determine the county champion.  (more…)

05/29/15 3:00pm
Former Riverhead baseball player Matt Crohan just finished his sophomore year at Winthrop University. (Credit: Winthrop Athletics)

Former Riverhead baseball player Matt Crohan just finished his sophomore year at Winthrop University. (Credit: Winthrop Athletics)

After a standout sophomore season pitching for Winthrop University, Matt Crohan was selected to compete at the 2015 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp, the university announced Thursday.  (more…)

05/28/15 6:49pm
Shoreham-Wading River senior John Montesano pitched five innings Thursday against Bayport-Blue Point. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River senior John Montesano pitched five innings Thursday against Bayport-Blue Point. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

CLASS A COUNTY FINALS, GAME 1  |  PHANTOMS 8, WILDCATS 1

After losing a player the caliber of Jack Piekos — a hard-throwing lefty who twice won the Paul Gibson Award as the top pitcher in the county — it could have been easy to overlook Bayport-Blue Point. Piekos was the undisputed ace of a team that won back-to-back state championships in 2013 and ’14.

Piekos may be gone (he now attends the University of Maryland), but the bevy of talented pitchers remains at Bayport.  (more…)

05/26/15 7:05pm
Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Brian Morrell celebrates after striking out the final batter of the game in the Wildcats' Game 3 win over Glenn Tuesday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Brian Morrell celebrates after striking out the final batter of the game in the Wildcats’ Game 3 win over Glenn Tuesday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

CLASS A SEMIFINALS, GAME 3  |  WILDCATS 5, KNIGHTS 1

As the No. 5 seed in the Class A Tournament, Shoreham-Wading River faced a longer road through the postseason than the League VI and VII champions, which received automatic byes into the semifinals.

On the surface, the higher seed had the better positioning. By playing that extra game, however, the Wildcats found themselves on the better end of a pitching matchup when they took the field against No. 1 John Glenn Tuesday in the decisive third game of the semifinal series.

At stake: a trip to the county finals.  (more…)

05/23/15 10:00am
Jeff Doroski will return this fall as Mercy's head football coach. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Jeff Doroski will return this fall as Mercy’s head football coach. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Jeff Doroski will return as the McGann-Mercy football coach next fall.

After a contentious departure in early 2014, which led to him taking the varsity head coach positions of Riverhead softball and Hampton Bays football, Doroski will once again be on the sideline of his alma mater when the Monarchs kick off in September.  (more…)

05/22/15 10:25pm
Shoreham-Wading River pinch runner Alex Bettenhauser is tagged out at third in Friday's semifinal loss at John Glenn. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River pinch runner Alex Bettenhauser is tagged out at third in Friday’s semifinal loss at John Glenn. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

CLASS A SEMIFINALS, GAME 1  |  KNIGHTS 1, WILDCATS 0

After opening the playoffs with a win at Westhampton Wednesday, Shoreham-Wading River coach Kevin Willi wasn’t ready to publicly commit to which pitcher would throw Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinals series that started Friday.

He ended up choosing John Montesano and the senior didn’t disappoint. (more…)