05/20/15 7:09pm
05/20/2015 7:09 PM
Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Fox drove in a pair of runs in the Wildcats' playoff win over Westhampton Wednesday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

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…)

05/16/15 6:16pm
05/16/2015 6:16 PM
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)

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…)

05/14/15 12:39pm
05/14/2015 12:39 PM
Shoreham-Wading River catcher Chris Sperruzzi and Riverhead first baseman Pat Cuccia will lead their teams into the postseason. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

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…)

05/11/15 10:00am
05/11/2015 10:00 AM
Shoreham-Wading River graduate Mike O'Reilly was the Peach Belt Conference’s Pitcher of the Week. (Credit: Flagler College Athletics)

Shoreham-Wading River graduate Mike O’Reilly was the Peach Belt Conference’s Pitcher of the Year. (Credit: Flagler College Athletics)

He was the top baseball player in Suffolk County as a senior three years ago. And now Shoreham-Wading River graduate Mike O’Reilly is the top pitcher in the Peach Belt Conference.  (more…)

05/08/15 2:40pm
05/08/2015 2:40 PM
John Wendt III was flanked by his parents, John Jr. and Suzanne, during Friday's signing ceremony. Standing behind them, from left, are Riverhead coach Rob Maccone, Wendt's youngher brother, Riley, and Riverhead athletic director Bill Groth. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

John Wendt III was flanked by his parents, John Jr. and Suzanne, during Friday’s signing ceremony. Standing behind them, from left, are Riverhead coach Rob Maccone, Wendt’s youngher brother, Riley, and Riverhead athletic director Bill Groth. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

The back of John Wendt III’s baseball card should read something like this:

Height: 6 foot 3 inches. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. School: Riverhead High School. Favorite Math Subject: Calculus. Significant Statistics: Is ranked eighth among 314 students. Holds a weighted grade-point average of 105.77.

And, oh yeah, this member of the National Honor Society and the Foreign Language Society is also a pretty darn good baseball player. (more…)

05/07/15 7:14am
05/07/2015 7:14 AM
Bryan Sabatella of Aquebogue is the first North Fork resident to play for the Long Island Ducks. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Bryan Sabatella of Aquebogue is the first North Fork resident to play for the Long Island Ducks. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The last time Bryan Sabatella played baseball on Long Island with any regularity was in 2002. Then a 17-year-old senior at Shoreham-Wading River High School, he was a key player on a county championship-winning team.  (more…)

05/06/15 9:31pm
05/06/2015 9:31 PM
From left, Joe Tardif, Jon Dwyer and Will Gildersleeve with Optimus, a hockey gnome that has served as Mattituck's good-luck charm this season. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

From left, Joe Tardif, Jon Dwyer and Will Gildersleeve with Optimus, a hockey gnome that has served as Mattituck’s good-luck charm this season. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

TUCKERS 19, MONARCHS 0

The reaction was reserved, to say the least. No dogpiles. No hooting and hollering. No players joyously jumping on top of each other.

There wasn’t much in the way of celebration by the Mattituck High School baseball team in the moments after it clinched at least a share of the Suffolk County League VIII championship on Wednesday evening. (more…)

05/06/15 7:17pm
Riverhead senior Kenny Simco, pictured in a game earlier this year, threw a two-hit shutout against North Babylon Wednesday. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Riverhead senior Kenny Simco, pictured in a game earlier this year, threw a two-hit shutout against North Babylon Wednesday. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

BLUE WAVES 6, BULLDOGS 0

If there was a sense of optimism in the air around the Riverhead Blue Waves this spring, it started with pitching. Notably, starters Kenny Simco, John Wendt and Nick Herzog.  (more…)