06/15/14 10:38pm
06/15/2014 10:38 PM
North Fork shortstop Luke Stampfl applied a tag, but Riverhead's Cole Fabio is called safe on his steal of second base in the third inning. (Credit: Garret Meade)

North Fork shortstop Luke Stampfl applied a tag, but Riverhead’s Cole Fabio is called safe on his steal of second base in the third inning. (Credit: Garret Meade)

OSPREYS 7, TOMCATS 5 (10 INNINGS)

This Penn didn’t need a hit to mark his imprint on the game.

Even without a hit, Penn Murfee had an unquestioned impact on the outcome of the North Fork Ospreys-Riverhead Tomcats game on Sunday. True enough, the Ospreys third baseman went 0 for 2 at the plate, but it wasn’t with his bat that he made a difference so much as with his legs, his keen eye and his baseball instincts. (more…)

06/02/14 9:38pm
06/02/2014 9:38 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 fielding a ground ball for an out during the Tomcats’ 10-9 season-opening loss to Montauk. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

MUSTANGS 10, TOMCATS 9

The weather was ideal and the scene was idyllic for the Riverhead Tomcats’ Opening Day.

With the sun shining brilliantly, both the Montauk Mustangs and the Tomcats lined up before their Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League game and stood at attention while Erin Southard, a Riverhead High School freshman, sang the national anthem. Everything and everybody was ready for the game, that is, except the sound system and the Tomcats. (more…)

05/27/14 7:08pm
05/27/2014 7:08 PM
John Montesano pitched one inning of relief for Shoreham-Wading River in Bayport on Tuesday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

John Montesano pitched one inning of relief for Shoreham-Wading River in Bayport on Tuesday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS A TOURNAMENT | PHANTOMS 4, WILDCATS 0

One thing the members of the Shoreham-Wading River High School baseball team may remember most about their team this season was its comeback ability. The Wildcats have done it time and time again, sometimes in dramatic fashion.

“I know some teams crumble mentally when they’re down,” catcher Jack Massa said. “This team never seemed to do that.”

When the Wildcats needed runs, they often found a way to score them. Just not on Tuesday. (more…)

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Shoreham-Wading River third baseman Tyler Osik field a grounder in the Wildcats’ final league win over Bayport May 16. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

For the fifth time this season, the Shoreham-Wading River baseball team will square off against Bayport-Blue Point.

To win the county title, the Wildcats will need to force a sixth game.  (more…)

05/23/14 8:26pm
05/23/2014 8:26 PM
Shoreham junior John Montesano hit a 3-run home run in the second inning to put the Wildcats in the lead. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Shoreham junior John Montesano bats earlier in the season against Westhampton. He drove in four runs Friday against Harborfields. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)

SUFFOLK CLASS A TOURNAMENT  |  WILDCATS 7, TORNADOES 1

As a junior in his first-year on varsity, John Montesano is one of only two players in Shoreham-Wading River’s lineup who did not start a year ago.

He’s left a lasting impression in what’s become a deep lineup for the Wildcats. Montesano hit his fourth home run of the season Friday afternoon, helping lift the Wildcats to a 7-1 win over Harborfields in a Class A loser’s bracket game in Shoreham.  (more…)

05/21/14 6:52pm
05/21/2014 6:52 PM
Bayport-Blue Point ace Jack Piekos pitched a complete game five-hitter against Shoreham Wednesday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Bayport-Blue Point ace Jack Piekos pitched a complete game five-hitter against Shoreham Wednesday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

CLASS A TOURNAMENT | PHANTOMS 6, WILDCATS 1

All season Shoreham-Wading River has been a team of improbability. From a freshman throwing two no-hitters, to an epic come-from-behind win in the first round of the playoffs, it often seems as if anything is possible.

Wednesday offered another opportunity: a chance to beat the best pitcher in Suffolk County and secure a trip to the Class A county finals.  (more…)

05/16/14 8:31pm
05/16/2014 8:31 PM
Shoreham-Wading River players are jubilant after Jack Massa scored on an infield error, capping a game-winning, four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River players are jubilant after Jack Massa scored on an infield error, capping a game-winning, four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS A TOURNAMENT | WILDCATS 4, HURRICANES 3

With its green and white fatigue-patterned baseball jerseys, Westhampton Beach brings a military bearing to the field. But it was Shoreham-Wading River’s fighting spirit that enabled the Wildcats to win the battle.

Playoff wins generally don’t come easily. They require execution, persistence, and sometimes a little magic doesn’t hurt, either.

Over the years the Wildcats have participated in their fair share of magical games. Their playoff opener on Friday can be counted among them. (more…)