Reaching the high school softball playoffs may be a long shot for Shoreham-Wading River, but don’t talk to the Wildcats about slim odds. After what happened on Monday, they should know that anything is possible.
Shoreham, which was one out away from defeat, pulled out a thrilling 4-2 comeback victory over rival Rocky Point on Victoria Coman’s tie-breaking, two-run single in the eighth inning.
Their official name is the Riverhead Blue Waves, but Green Waves would be more appropriate.
That would be green, as in young and inexperienced.
When the Smithtown West High School baseball team arrived at the Pulaski Sports Complex in Riverhead on Friday, it found bees buzzing around in its dugout. It was Riverhead that was stung, though, by Smithtown West’s bats.
Siobhan Merrill was racing to the goal with no one to stop her, except Elwood/John Glenn goalie Sylvanna Polito. An excellent scoring chance beckoned.
With Polito at her mercy, though, Merrill stunned observers by darting an unexpected pass to a Bishop McGann-Mercy teammate sliding in from the left side. The teammate missed the ball and groans could be heard on the McGann-Mercy sideline.
In his final game as a Riverhead Blue Wave two years ago, Ryan Hubbard capped his career with a seven-goal performance against West Babylon.
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Bye, bye playoffs.
The Riverhead High School softball team will not return to the postseason this year. Thanks to the busy bats of West Islip’s offense and the strong right arm of its standout pitcher, Rachel Wandzilak, Riverhead was eliminated from playoff contention Wednesday. A 15-2 defeat to West Islip in a five-inning game shortened by the mercy rule did the trick.
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While the final event of the evening played out, the real drama occurred on the infield grass at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School’s Harold T. Murray Memorial Field. Mattituck assistant coach Julie Milliman and McGann-Mercy coach Collin Zeffer knelt down on the infield grass with pens and paper in hand, calculating the scores of the various events in their girls track and field meet.
Then, when the high jump results were conveyed to them, they came up with the final score: 73-73.
A tie. Dead even.