Despite not being a fan of a wake-up alarm going off at 4:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning (or any morning, for that matter), I really didn’t mind too much this past Sunday.
The assignment necessitating the really early start was the Mighty North Fork Sprint Triathlon, which is neat to cover because it is so different from most of the other sports we chronicle on these pages. So, in order to be at Cedar Beach County Park in Southold well in time for the 6:50 a.m. start, it meant being on the road by 5:30 a.m., with pens, notebook and a digital recorder in hand, ready to hunt for an interesting story. (more…)
A tranquil summer night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing turned heated at the end of a 35-lap NASCAR Modified feature event Saturday at Riverhead Raceway when a late-race pass by Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., was called back for being below the line, enabling John Fortin of Holtsville to take home the win. The postrace debate on the ruling lasted hours after the final checker flag waved. (more…)
On days like Saturday, the Riverhead Tomcats must wish there was something like a baseball bank. Need a run, take a run. Need a hit, take a hit. Just tuck away any excess offense you may have to your credit and save it for a rainy day, so to speak.
It would have come in handy for the Tomcats, who banged out 22 hits (including four each by Nate Soria and Hunter Dolshun) in a 14-5 defeat of the Montauk Mustangs on Friday. Had they been able to carry over some of those hits and runs to Saturday’s game against the Shelter Island Bucks, it might have made a difference. As it was, the Bucks showed why they hold first place in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League and the hard-luck Tomcats came up short, 9-5, at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton. (more…)
Riverhead’s Tyler Osik waits for a throw to second base as he tries to turn a double play against Westhampton (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
AVIATORS 9, TOMCATS 2
It seemed hard to believe afterward, looking at the scoreboard at Aviator Field in Westhampton, but for six tight innings, the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League game had been a classic pitching duel.
And then the wheels came flying off, sending the Riverhead Tomcats tumbling to defeat.
A surge of patriotic fervor swept through me on Sunday. Sure, it was the day after the Fourth of July holiday, but that wasn’t the reason for it. What caused the red, white and blue of my fiber to tingle with pride was, would you believe it, a 40-second video.
Before the start of the Women’s World Cup final between Japan and the United States on Sunday evening, I checked out a short video that someone had evidently shot from a hotel room high above as American fans marched, apparently toward BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the game. Clad in red, white and blue behind a large banner for the American Outlaws, a supporters group for United States soccer, this spirited band of fans had made its presence known. Chanting loudly, with whistles and horns blowing and drums banging, they made it clear that the United States women’s team wasn’t alone on this quest.
Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., notched his third NASCAR Modified victory of the season Saturday night when he won the Cromarty Cup 65 on a night when Riverhead Raceway celebrated not only the Fourth of July but also the track’s 65th birthday. (more…)