04/22/14 8:52pm
04/22/2014 8:52 PM

EAGLES 5, BLUE WAVES 4 (10 INNINGS)

First baseman Devin Jenny’s double off reliever Nick Herzog in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted Hauppauge to a 5-4 comeback win over Riverhead in a Suffolk County League IV baseball game on Tuesday afternoon.

The loss made the Blue Waves quest for the playoffs more difficult as they fell to 6-6 overall and 2-5 in the league.

Riverhead left-hander Bobby Dilworth sandwiched four brilliant innings as he allowed two runs in the first and another two in the sixth. At one time he retired 13 out of 14 batters before the Eagles (5-6-1, 2-5) broke through to tie the score.

After the hosts had taken a 2-0 lead, shortstop Jesse Patriss smacked a double to right center field, scoring Kenny Simco and Cody Weiss as the Blue Waves knotted it at 2-2 in the second. They grabbed a 4-2 advantage in the fifth as Cody Smith scored on Ryan Gaffney’s double. Gaffney came around on a pair of errors.

Jenny was a thorn in Riverhead’s side all game as he drove in three runs — on a single in the first, a sacrifice fly in the sixth and the game-winner with a double to right-center field in the 10th.

The Blue Waves will get two more chances at the Eagles, at home Wednesday and back in Hauppauge on Thursday.

04/19/14 2:23pm
04/19/2014 2:23 PM
In two varsity starts, Shoreham-Wading River freshman Brian Morrell has two no-hitters. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk file photo)

In two varsity starts, Shoreham-Wading River freshman Brian Morrell has pitched two no-hitters. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk file photo)

WILDCATS 4, PANTHERS 0

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.

“I was like, ‘How did I just do this?’ ” Morrell said. “It was a great experience — for the second time, too. It was just amazing.”

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

“Maybe right now we don’t realize the magnitude of the accomplishment,” he said. “I think we’ll look back on it in a couple of years and go, ‘It’s just incredible.’ ”

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.

“He’s a machine, man,” said Shoreham center fielder Chris Moran.

Moran, one of Shoreham’s nine seniors, said he knew Morrell was this kind of a pitcher. “He’s got good everything,” Moran said. “He’s got a good change, a good fastball, a good slider. A batter doesn’t know what he’s going to throw and he throws hard, too.”

With his first no-hitter still fresh in his mind, Morrell said he felt nerves, but that experience helped him this time, regardless.

Morrell (2-0), the No. 3 pitcher in Shoreham’s starting rotation, walked six batters against eight strikeouts as part of his 101-pitch performance. 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 exceptional defense, without committing an error.

“Without my team, I couldn’t have done this,” Morrell said. “This is a special group, really.”

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 defense was outstanding,” said Mignano.

And the offense wasn’t bad, either. The Wildcats supplied nine hits worth of offense, including two apiece by Moran and Morrell.

The Wildcats 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.

The Wildcats are rolling. The win was their eighth in a row.

Morrell said he may never have been as 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.

“After the first [no-hitter] there was a lot of texting and emails and phone calls,” Mignano said, “but I can imagine what it’s going to be like after today because nobody can expect that from anybody.”

Morrell’s next starting assignment is scheduled for Thursday at home against Westhampton Beach.

On a day when it seemed as if Morrell could do just about anything, one thing he couldn’t do was compare his two no-hitters. He started to answer that question before stopping himself and saying, “They’re no-hitters.”

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04/14/14 7:09pm
04/14/2014 7:09 PM
Ryan Gaffney hit a two-run home run for Riverhead Monday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Ryan Gaffney hit a two-run home run for Riverhead Monday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

EAGLES 7, BLUE WAVES 5

As Cody Smith popped up from a slide into third base, the Riverhead senior looked over toward the Blue Waves’ bench and yelled out a rally cry: “Wake up! C’mon!”

Smith’s deep liner to center field in the fifth inning brought home one run against Copiague Monday and briefly pulled the Blue Waves out of a malaise.  (more…)

04/14/14 6:57pm
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Paul Annunziata stealing second base while Mattituck shortstop Marcos Perivolaris covers the bag during the second inning. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Paul Annunziata stealing second base while Mattituck shortstop Marcos Perivolaris covers the bag during the second inning. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 14, MONARCHS 4

This high school baseball season has been a big hit for Mattituck, and for good reason, too. The Tuckers are hitting the proverbial cover off the ball.

Bountiful offensive production goes a long way toward explaining the Tuckers’ first-place standing in Suffolk County League VIII. So imagine the stir it caused when the league’s last-place team, Bishop McGann-Mercy, led through the first half of Monday’s game.  (more…)

04/11/14 7:34pm
04/11/2014 7:34 PM
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Brian Morrell embraces coach Sal Mignano after throwing a no-hitter Friday against Mount Sinai. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River freshman Brian Morrell embraces coach Sal Mignano after throwing a no-hitter Friday against Mount Sinai. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

WILDCATS 3, MUSTANGS 0

Coming into the season, Brian Morrell was expected to factor into Shoreham-Wading River’s pitching rotation, most likely as the No. 3 starter. Because of the way the schedule worked out, the talented youngster’s first opportunity to start a game came Friday, eight games into the season.

A freshman already in second year on varsity, Morrell made his first start one to remember.  (more…)

04/03/14 9:32pm
04/03/2014 9:32 PM
Riverhead's Cody Weiss handles a ground ball at second base during Thursday's game in Deer Park. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s Cody Weiss handles a ground ball at second base during Thursday’s game in Deer Park. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

BLUE WAVES 4, FALCONS 1

Kenny Simco and Bobby Dilworth combined on a four-hitter to help Riverhead to its fourth consecutive baseball win, a 4-1 non-league victory over host Deer Park on Thursday afternoon.

Simco (2-0) pitched the first six innings before Dilworth relieved him at the start of the bottom of the seventh inning. (more…)

03/25/14 7:48pm
03/25/2014 7:48 PM

Riverhead third baseman Kenny Simco fields a ground ball on a frigid afternoon Tuesday in the Blue Waves’ season opener. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

KINGSMEN 11, BLUE WAVES 4

By the middle of the fourth inning Tuesday, the music that accompanied brief intermissions between innings and at-bats ceased. On a wintry day in Riverhead, the festive vibes of opening day had already been swept away by that point.

A six-run third inning by Kings Park was enough to put a damper on the Blue Waves’ non-league opener. Kings Park scored the game’s first 11 runs and cruised to an 11-4 victory.  (more…)

03/21/14 9:06pm
03/21/2014 9:06 PM
Bishop McGann-Mercy relief pitcher Mike Chalicki was brought in the game to get the last out of the top of the seventh inning. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk).

Bishop McGann-Mercy relief pitcher Mike Chalicki was brought in the game to get the last out of the top of the seventh inning. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk).

WHALERS 8, MONARCHS 1

Judging by the postgame remarks coming from Bishop McGann-Mercy dugout, one might have thought that the Monarchs had won their season-opening baseball game. They didn’t. And while they didn’t gain a win, the Monarchs apparently gained a healthy dose of confidence.

For one thing, the Monarchs’ opponent on Friday was Pierson/Bridgehampton, the defending Southeast Region Class C champion. Not too shabby. (more…)