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04/21/15 7:52pm
04/21/2015 7:52 PM
Shoreham-Wading River shortstop Alex Hutchins fields the ball as the Comsewogue runner takes second. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River shortstop Alex Hutchins fields the ball as the Comsewogue runner takes second. (Credit: Bill Landon)

WILDCATS 12, WARRIORS 2

Shoreham-Wading River’s senior trio of Caitlin Mirabell, Alex Hutchins and Hailey Tilton have experienced plenty of thrilling moments during their varsity careers. Two years ago, as sophomores, they each played pivotal roles in leading the Wildcats to the League VII title.

The next season, the good times faded. The Wildcats, rebuilding after losing their four-year starting pitcher, fell short of the playoffs in a rare down year.

Now as seniors, the girls found themselves leading a surprisingly young team with a new coach for their final year as Wildcats.

“Coming off of last year, I wanted to do better,” Hilton said. “I’m very happy with how we’re doing this year.”

No one might have guessed just how well the Wildcats have rebounded this season. Ten games into the season, the Wildcats are 8-2, one win away from a playoff spot and in the hunt with Mount Sinai and Miller Place for the League V title.

Offense has carried the way. The Wildcats are averaging more than 10 runs per game, a number boosted by their latest win Tuesday, a 12-2 victory at home against Comsewogue.

The seniors all played big roles. Hilton went 2-for-4 with a double and 3 RBIs. Mirabell hit a pair of doubles in the leadoff spot. Hutchins drove in two runs while playing a smooth shortstop.

The Wildcats struck for four runs in the opening inning to quickly take command against the Warriors. Comsewogue didn’t help its cause with three errors in the inning.

Shoreham struck for four more in the fourth inning and again in the sixth inning.

The Wildcats fielded a lineup with three eighth graders. Second baseman Nickey Ness batted second, followed by center fielder Joy Papagianopoulos (2-for-5). Catcher Melissa Marchese, who drove in one run, batted sixth. Another eighth grader is out injured.

A big part of the Wildcats’ turnaround this year has been freshman pitcher Victoria Coman. She pitched a complete game against the Warriors, giving up seven hits. The Wildcats were strong in the field behind her. She struck out only three batters as the defense took care of the rest.

The Wildcats will get right back at it Wednesday with a game at Westhampton that had been postponed. A win would clinch a spot in the playoffs for Shoreham.

joew@timesreview.com

04/19/15 12:00pm
04/19/2015 12:00 PM
Embracing the moment: Hall of Famer Ben Crenshaw hugs his longtime caddy, Carl Jackson. Crenshaw played in his 44th and final Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Embracing the moment: Hall of Famer Ben Crenshaw hugs his longtime caddy, Carl Jackson. Crenshaw played in his 44th and final Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Years ago I would have early-morning phone chats with my good friend, Wayne DePetris. We talked about everything. Wayne was a golfer, so, of course, many of our conversations centered around golf. Wayne passed away 15 years ago. I miss him.  (more…)

04/18/15 4:00pm
04/18/2015 4:00 PM
Nick Longo. (Credit: Saint Rose Athletics/Tom Killips)

Nick Longo. (Credit: Saint Rose Athletics/Tom Killips)

Nick Longo of Wading River, a senior at The College of Saint Rose (N.Y.), was named the Northeast-10 Conference Goalkeeper of the Week for the period ending March 29. Longo posted a 6.23 goals against average and a .755 save percentage throughout the week.

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04/17/15 8:12pm
04/17/2015 8:12 PM
Riverhead second baseman Cody Dilworth delivered the game-winning hit Friday for Riverhead against West Islip. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead second baseman Cody Dilworth delivered the game-winning hit Friday for Riverhead against West Islip. (Credit: Bill Landon)

BLUE WAVES 5, LIONS 4

The cold, snowy start to the spring season created more than an inconvenience for the Riverhead baseball team. Thanks to several postponements, the schedule morphed into a murder’s row of pitchers for the Blue Waves, one ace after another. (more…)

04/17/15 6:48pm
Riverhead sprinter Jacob Robinson, seated next to family friend Patrick Harris, signed to accept a scholarship from Merrimack College (Mass.). Standing, from left, are Riverhead assistant coach Will Razzano and the school's indoor and outdoor coaches, Sal Loverde and Steve Gevinski. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Riverhead sprinter Jacob Robinson, seated next to family friend Patrick Harris, signed to accept a scholarship from Merrimack College (Mass.). Standing, from left, are Riverhead assistant coach Will Razzano and the school’s indoor and outdoor coaches, Sal Loverde and Steve Gevinski. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Not long after he had joined the Riverhead High School boys track and field team four years ago and discovered he had a talent for running fast, Jacob Robinson got into the habit after a race of asking the school’s winter coach, Sal Loverde, if he had run fast.

Loverde recalled, “He would just give me the look, you know, the Jacob look, and I would say: ‘No, you’re not fast yet. I’ll tell you when you’re fast.’ ”

And so it went over recent years. Then, one day this past winter, Robinson ran the 300 meters in a school record time of 35.52 seconds at The Armory in New York City. He gave Loverde that familiar look, as if to say, “So, what do you think?”

Loverde couldn’t deny what he had seen and had to concede, “Alright, maybe you’re fast now.” (more…)

04/16/15 5:00pm
04/16/2015 5:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River graduate Mike O'Reilly was the Peach Belt Conference’s Pitcher of the Week. (Credit: Flagler College Athletics)

Shoreham-Wading River graduate Mike O’Reilly was the Peach Belt Conference’s Pitcher of the Week. (Credit: Flagler College Athletics)

Flagler College (Fla.) junior Mike O’Reilly, a former Shoreham-Wading River High School player, was selected as the Peach Belt Conference’s Pitcher of the Week on Monday.  (more…)

04/14/15 8:12pm
04/14/2015 8:12 PM
Bishop McGann-Mercy third baseman Leo Ellis awaits a throw as Mattituck's Marcos Perivolaris steals third base on the same play in which Ian Nish drew a walk. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Bishop McGann-Mercy third baseman Leo Ellis awaits a throw as Mattituck’s Marcos Perivolaris steals third base on the same play in which Ian Nish drew a walk. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

TUCKERS 11, MONARCHS 3

The Mattituck offense is a fierce, multi-headed beast, feared as much for its speed and consistency as its power. Whether it be by small ball, long ball or a combination of both, the Tuckers play winning ball.

A perfect case in point was the opener to their Suffolk County League VIII baseball series against Bishop McGann-Mercy on Tuesday. The Tuckers’ offense was so potent that they held a 2-0 lead through the first three innings without the benefit of a hit. Both of the runs were scored in a virtually identical manner. The leadoff hitter, Joe Tardif, drew a walk, stole second base and advanced to third on either a groundout or a balk. Then, he was brought home on sacrifice flies by Chris Dwyer.

Voilá! It’s 2-0, just like that. (more…)