07/13/14 12:40am
07/13/2014 12:40 AM
Jake Cousins of the North Fork Ospreys started a stretch during which North pitchers retired 12 straight South batters. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Jake Cousins of the North Fork Ospreys started a stretch during which North pitchers retired 12 straight South batters. (Credit: Garret Meade)

HCBL ALL-STAR GAME | NORTH 7, SOUTH 2

The North Fork Ospreys all stars and their manager wanted to take a group photo, but they were short one. So, they waited patiently while their on-field leader, Austin Miller, was being interviewed for a webcast. When Miller was done with the interview, he picked up his newly won prize, an engraved bat, and trotted over to his waiting teammates, who happily cheered and embraced him.

It was a warm welcome for the most valuable player of the 2014 Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game. (more…)

07/12/14 12:00pm
07/12/2014 12:00 PM
Riverhead shortstop Danny Mendick fielding a ground ball for an out during the Tomcats' 10-9 season-opening loss to Montauk. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead shortstop Danny Mendick will represent the North all-star team tonight. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League will host its all-star game Saturday night at Cochran Park in Peconic. More than 50 of the top players in the seven-team summer league will participate. (more…)

07/09/14 7:00pm
07/09/2014 7:00 PM
Riverhead Tomcats outfielder Andrew Plunkett slides into third as North Fork Osprey Penn Murfee tries to apply the tag. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead Tomcats outfielder Andrew Plunkett slides into third as North Fork Osprey Penn Murfee tries to apply the tag. (Credit: Bill Landon)

The “Oh, wow” moment happens every year.

Around the middle of June, when the high school sports season winds down, I shift gears toward the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League to help fill the sports pages along with high school summer leagues, features and columns. Inevitably, when I head down to the field for the first time each summer, I know I’m about to watch college players, several of whom come from big-time programs. (more…)

07/08/14 9:50pm
07/08/2014 9:50 PM
Stephen Woods, a Half Hollow Hills East graduate, struck out eight batters in four innings Tuesday against Riverhead. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Stephen Woods, a Half Hollow Hills East graduate, struck out eight batters in four innings Tuesday against Riverhead. (Credit: Bill Landon)

For one of the top pitching prospects out of Long Island in recent years, Stephen Woods’ career on the mound has been remarkably brief.

It wasn’t until his junior year at Half Hollow Hills East High School that Woods turned to pitching full-time as a baseball player. He had been a third baseman and outfielder, winning a gold glove award at third as a sophomore and earning all-league honors.  (more…)

07/07/14 10:00am
07/07/2014 10:00 AM
Nick Ahmed, who played for the University of Connecticut when he was a member of the Westhampton Aviators in 2009, was the first Hamptons League player to reach the big leagues. (Credit: Steve Slade/UConn Athletics)

Nick Ahmed, who played for the University of Connecticut when he was a member of the Westhampton Aviators in 2009, was the first Hamptons League player to reach the big leagues. (Credit: Steve Slade/UConn Athletics)

Brett Mauser had hoped the milestone moment would have come late last summer when Major League Baseball rosters expanded and clubs began calling up players from their farm system. Alas, it never happened.

As the 2014 MLB season unfolded, it quickly became apparent that the race was on. The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, now in its seventh year, was on the verge of seeing its first former player called up to the majors.  (more…)

07/01/14 12:36am
07/01/2014 12:36 AM
Tomcats' first baseman Colton Rice reached base three times Monday, including a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Ospreys. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Tomcats’ first baseman Colton Rice reached base three times Monday, including a solo home run in the eighth inning. (Credit: Garret Meade)

OSPREYS 13, TOMCATS 12

Luke Stampfl has a knack for timely hits against Riverhead.

Stampfl singled up the middle in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday night to drive in two runs, rallying the North Fork Ospreys to a come-from-behind victory over the Riverhead Tomcats in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. (more…)

06/25/14 8:00pm
06/25/2014 8:00 PM
Riverhead Tomcats center fielder Mike Donadio snags a fly ball against Southampton June 19. Mike's twin brother Mark plays left field. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead Tomcats center fielder Mike Donadio snags a fly ball against Southampton June 19. Mike’s twin brother Mark plays left field. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Randy Caden is well versed in dealing with twins; the Riverhead Tomcats manager has twin boys. Still, when it comes to telling apart brothers Mike and Mark Donadio, two outfielders suiting up for the Tomcats this summer, Caden admits it’s often a toss-up.

“You can’t tell them apart unless you know the number,” he said. “Sometimes I think I have one and I turn and it’s the wrong one.”  (more…)