04/19/14 2:23pm
04/19/2014 2:23 PM


Brian Morrell did it again.

Incredibly, eight days after pitching a no-hitter in his first varsity start for the Shoreham-Wading River High School baseball team, the 15-year-old freshman turned in a repeat performance on Saturday. In his first pitching appearance since that memorable no-hitter against Mount Sinai, Morrell hurled another one, this time shutting down Miller Place’s bats in a 4-0 victory.

After a Morrell pitch froze Jake Hansen for a called third strike and the game’s final out, Morrell trotted off the Miller Place High School field and into coach Sal Mignano’s arms before receiving hugs from teammates.

Morrell (2-0), the No. 3 pitcher in Shoreham’s starting rotation, walked six batters against eight strikeouts. The right-hander also received help from his friends. The Suffolk County League VII-leading Wildcats (10-0-1, 6-0) turned two double plays and played fine defense, without committing an error.

Miller Place’s first at-bat of the game easily could have been a hit if not for third baseman Tyler Osik’s nifty bare-handed pickup and throw from a Joe Riso ground ball.

Morrell helped his own cause in the second inning by pitching himself out of a jam with two runners in scoring position as a result of walks. He picked up all three outs on strikeouts.

In the third, it was Morrell himself coming through with a big fielding play. Vinny Bua bounced a chopper in front of home plate; Morrell did well to collect the ball and fire a throw to first baseman Adam Piotrowski for the out.

Miller Place (5-6, 3-3) threatened again in the fifth. With two outs and two runners on base, Shoreham shortstop Matt Fox did well to glove a grounder hit up the middle by Riso and then lunge to get his glove on second base for an inning-ending forceout.

The Wildcats supplied nine hits worth of offense, including two apiece by Chris Moran and Morrell. They put up two runs in the second. Jack Massa, who led off with a single, scored on a groundout by Zach Parilla. Piotrowski tagged a run-scoring single for the second run.

Moran led off the fifth by shooting a single to center field. Osik brought him home with a sacrifice fly.

A run-scoring double by Moran in the sixth gave the Wildcats another insurance run.

Morrell said he was never so nervous as he was in the seventh inning with a second straight no-hitter on the line. Those nerves didn’t show, though. Morrell retired the side in order, getting Andrew Lutjen to pop up and T. J. Drumerhauser to ground out before the game-ending strikeout.

Mignano said he has never before had a pitcher throw back-to-back no-hitters during his 38-year reign as the Wildcats’ coach.

In the 19 innings Morrell has pitched this season, he has not allowed a run to score and has given up only a few hits.


04/19/14 2:12pm


The day began with a strange role reversal. Seven games into the girls lacrosse season, the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold Tuckers were looking down in the standings at Shoreham-Wading River.

The Wildcats, one of the most dominant programs in Suffolk County over the last decade, have won as many state championships as Mattituck has had seasons (five, including this year). But as the teams met at Shoreham-Wading River High School Saturday afternoon, it was the Tuckers off to the better start in 2014 by three games. (more…)

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04/19/14 8:00am
Riverside foot bridge to Riverhead

GRAPHIC COURTESY JAY SCHNEIDERMAN | A possible footbridge that will cross the Peconic River and connect Riverside to downtown Riverhead.

As part of the recent efforts to revitalize the Riverside area, Southampton Town sent out a request for proposals last week for engineering and planning companies to design a proposed pedestrian bridge over the Peconic River. (more…)

04/19/14 7:00am
(Credit: Times/Review stock art)

(Credit: Times/Review stock art)

His audience was a group of Cub Scouts. Their motto: Do your best.

And the children did their best to give Riverhead highway patrol officer Dennis Cavanaugh honest answers.

“How many mommies and daddies were on the cellphone as they were driving here today?” asked Officer Cavanaugh, who had volunteered to talk to the kids that day about law enforcement.  (more…)

04/18/14 4:44pm
04/18/2014 4:44 PM

Eight men — including a former Shinnecock Indian Nation Trustee — turned themselves in to New York State police in Riverside last week after officials with the state Department Environmental Conservation said they were caught illegally harvesting elvers, baby eels often sold to buyers in Asia.


04/18/14 12:23pm
Riverhead police say a homeless man was beaten and robbed by the railroad tracks in Polish Town Sunday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead police say a homeless man was beaten and robbed by the railroad tracks in Polish Town Sunday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Authorities have released more information about a Sunday mugging in Polish Town, now offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest in the case.

A 33-year-old homeless man suffered serious head injuries after he was beaten and robbed on the Long Island Rail Road tracks just west of Marcy Avenue around 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, police said.

The victim told police that two or three men beat him in the face and head with an unknown object, “possibly a nearby tree branch,” and robbed him of $400 cash, according to a report. He was allegedly robbed while walking on Osborn Avenue and then dragged to an area west of Marcy Avenue.

The victim was found bleeding heavily from the face and head at the BP gas station on West Main Street in Riverhead, police said.

The numbers of suspects involved in the beating had previously thought to number two or three, though police confirmed on Friday that two black men in their mid-30s were last seen on on foot near Pulaski Street. One man was reportedly wearing all black, and the other was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.

Police Chief David Hegermiller said earlier this week that Sunday’s assault may be related to a string of other assaults in the area this year. It was the fifth assault on a Hispanic person in the downtown Riverhead area this year, he said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 631-727-4500, ext. 289 of 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

04/18/14 10:30am
Route 24 in Riverside. Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst signed an agreement Tuesday with Plainview-based Renaissance Downtowns to lead planning and development efforts. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Route 24 in Riverside. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Southampton Town has signed a contract with a “master developer” as part of a multi-pronged approach of revitalizing the long-beleaguered Riverside area that’s just a short walk away from downtown Riverhead, which has made its own strides as of late.

The development firm, Renaissance Downtowns of Plainview, has also leased office space on Peconic Avenue and is advertising for local employees to man the office. (more…)