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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Brian Morrell threw his third career no-hitter Wednesday in a win over Amityville. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
WILDCATS 10, WARRIORS 0
The 2015 season may not have started the way Brian Morrell envisioned. The Shoreham-Wading River sophomore carried an 0-3 record into Wednesday’s game against Amityville, one year after he threw no-hitters in his first two varsity starts.
Some of it was hard luck. He pitched a gem in a non-league game against St. John the Baptist April 21, losing 1-0 on a seventh-inning home run. (more…)
Riverhead pitcher John Wendt threw six innings against Half Hollow Hills West Tuesday, giving up five runs. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
COLTS 8, BLUE WAVES 6
As the ball skipped over the glove of Half Hollow Hills West first baseman Jon Faraci, the Riverhead fans along the third base line erupted. For a brief second, it appeared the ball off the bat of Riverhead’s Cody Dilworth was destined for right field.
A runner on third raced toward home plate with a teammate trailing right behind. (more…)
Little League president Tony Sammartano addresses the teams during his last Opening Day. (Credit: Paul Squire)
On his last Opening Day, Riverhead Little League president Tony Sammartano had some advice to share.
To parents: Enjoy these chilly spring days with your young kids. These will be the best memories.
To the audience: Take the time to volunteer with the Little League for your own children or your community. (more…)
Saturday’s opening day ceremony will be Tony Sammartano’s last as Riverhead Little League president. After about 15 years at the helm, organizing an activity that hundreds and hundreds of kids have had the opportunity to enjoy, it’s time for him to move on to greener pastures.
Problem is, it’s not exactly clear who, if anyone, is going to run the league after Tony and his wife, Jennifer — another of the league’s five board members — step down. (more…)