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…)
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…)
Shoreham-Wading River returned to its Kevin Williams Memorial Field on Saturday to defeat Elwood/John Glenn, 7-2, and even their Suffolk County Class A semifinal series at a game apiece. (Credit: Bob Liepa)
SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS A TOURNAMENT | WILDCATS 7, KNIGHTS 2
It sure seemed as if Elwood/John Glenn had Shoreham-Wading River’s number. The previous four games between the two high school baseball teams had ended the same way: with Glenn victories.
This time, however, with much more riding on the line, Shoreham survived to play another day. (more…)
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…)
Riverhead senior Nick Herzog, pictured alongside his parents Debbie and Scott, will play baseball at the University of Massachusetts-Boston next year. High School principal Charles Regan (left), varsity coach Rob Maccone and athletic director Bill Groth joined them for a signing ceremony. (Credit: Riverhead School District)
After posting a 6-1 record this season on the mound for Riverhead, senior Nick Herzog plans to continue his baseball career next year at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
Herzog, a left-handed pitcher who had a 2.61 ERA this past season, is one of five players from this year’s team pursuing baseball in college. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Fox drove in a pair of runs in the Wildcats’ playoff win over Westhampton Wednesday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)
CLASS A PLAYOFFS | WILDCATS 7, HURRICANES 2
Through five innings Wednesday, the Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats were still searching for their first hit, locked into a pitcher’s duel against Westhampton in the first round of the Class A playoffs.
Sixteen players had to come to bat for the Wildcats and only one reached base on a walk.
“It was very frustrating,” said third baseman Matt Fox. (more…)
Riverhead’s Cody Dilworth putting a ball in play during his team’s playoff loss to Half Hollow Hills East on Saturday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS AA TOURNAMENT | THUNDERBIRDS 10, BLUE WAVES 0
For the Riverhead High School baseball team, the thrill and excitement of qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in seven years met a jarring reality on Saturday. Reaching the postseason is one thing, but winning a playoff game is quite another.
Riverhead’s long-awaited return to the playoffs was a harsh one. The Blue Waves were blasted, 10-0, as Half Hollow Hills East played a virtually flawless qualifying-round game in the Suffolk County Class AA Tournament in Dix Hills. Hills East will next play either No. 7 Sachem East or No. 16 Bellport for the right to advance to the championship round. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River catcher Chris Sperruzzi and Riverhead first baseman Pat Cuccia will lead their teams into the postseason. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
The Riverhead baseball team was seeded No. 13 in the Class AA playoff bracket and will open the postseason Saturday at No. 10 Half Hollow Hills East.
The Blue Waves, who finished 12-8 overall this year, won four of their final five games of the season leading into the playoffs. Hills East posted a 13-7 record in League III. (more…)