08/08/14 8:00am
08/08/2014 8:00 AM
Sal Mignano patrols the third base coaching box at Southampton High School around the 1982 season. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Sal Mignano patrols the third base coaching box at Southampton High School around the 1982 season. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Buddy Gengler stood at the podium inside the dimly lit auditorium at Shoreham-Wading River High School, the rain having forced the day’s festivities indoors. As he gazed out into the audience, he saw a crowd that had gathered to honor him along with two other former baseball players, Matt Millheiser (2001) and Bryan Sabatella (’02). On this day, their jerseys were to be formally retired, their legacy forever etched into SWR lore. But Gengler knew the day would be about more than his past accomplishments on the diamond. It was about something bigger. Someone bigger.  (more…)

08/08/14 7:59am
The Shoreham-Wading River baseball team celebrates a league championship in 1990. (Credit: News-Review archives)

The Shoreham-Wading River baseball team celebrates a league championship in 1990. (Credit: News-Review archives)

In 38 seasons, the Shoreham-Wading River baseball team, under the leadership of Sal Mignano, won 12 league championships, seven county championships and a state title. Mignano announced Aug. 2 he’ll be retiring.

Here’s a look back at some of the highlights, as they were covered in the Riverhead News-Review.  (more…)

08/02/14 12:00pm
08/02/2014 12:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River coach Sal Mignao, pictured during the 2012 county finals, announced his retirement Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Shoreham-Wading River coach Sal Mignano, pictured during the 2012 county finals, announced his retirement Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

After nearly 600 victories, 38 seasons and seven county championships, legendary Shoreham-Wading River baseball coach Sal Mignano has decided to hang up the cleats.  (more…)

07/29/14 10:30am
07/29/2014 10:30 AM
The Shoreham-Wading River baseball team in 2012 after winning the county title. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

The Shoreham-Wading River baseball team in 2012 after winning the county title. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

The numbers of three Shoreham-Wading River baseball players will be retired during a ceremony Saturday prior to an alumni game at Kevin Williams Memorial Field.  (more…)

07/26/14 9:38pm
07/26/2014 9:38 PM

TOMCATS 4, OSPREYS 1

Welcome to the league where parity is king.

This captivating horse race of a Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League regular season went down to the wire. With the top six teams running neck and neck in the standings, and a razor-blade thin difference between each of them, the scenario on Saturday was quite remarkable before teams played their 40th games of the 40-game season. All four playoff spots had finally been secured, but there was — get this — a four-way tie for first place.

How about that? (more…)

07/22/14 11:34pm
07/22/2014 11:34 PM
Riverhead's starting pitcher, Zach Hamilton, pitched five scoreless innings during which he held North Fork to one hit. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead’s starting pitcher, Zach Hamilton, pitched five scoreless innings during which he held North Fork to one hit. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

OSPREYS 3, TOMCATS 2

Like the blinding orange orb in the evening sky that descended on a slight arc toward left field at Jean W. Cochran Park, the sun is setting on the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League regular season.

The race for the playoffs is tight, remarkably tight. Like a game of musical chairs, six contending teams are cautiously circling, eyeballing the four playoff spots. When the music stops playing, two of those teams will be left standing, and disappointed.

Given the circumstances, the value of every win is magnified. Who knows how much good the North Fork Ospreys did for themselves by pulling off the stunning escape act they executed on Tuesday night? (more…)

07/18/14 9:44pm
07/18/2014 9:44 PM
Riverhead's Dan Popio slides in safely at second base while Sag Harbor second baseman Ted Shaw covers the bag. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Riverhead’s Dan Popio slides in safely at second base while Sag Harbor second baseman Ted Shaw covers the bag. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TOMCATS 9, WHALERS 8 (10 INNINGS)

The Riverhead Tomcats have had their share of offensive heroes this season. Cole Fabio was one of them on Friday evening.

The Tomcats did things the hard way, blowing a six-run lead. Having conceded five runs to the Sag Harbor Whalers in the ninth inning, the Tomcats pulled out a tense 9-8 triumph on Fabio’s walk-off single in the 10th at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton. (more…)