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…)
I have been involved in Riverhead Little League since 1996 when I began to coach my son Anthony in t-ball. I later became League President until 2002. I took a break to coach my son’s travel team for a few years. I was soon asked to come back by the members of the Board because the league was beginning to slip a bit and I have been the President ever since. (more…)
Riverhead second baseman Cody Dilworth delivered the game-winning hit Friday for Riverhead against West Islip. (Credit: Bill Landon)
BLUE WAVES 5, LIONS 4
The cold, snowy start to the spring season created more than an inconvenience for the Riverhead baseball team. Thanks to several postponements, the schedule morphed into a murder’s row of pitchers for the Blue Waves, one ace after another. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River graduate Mike O’Reilly was the Peach Belt Conference’s Pitcher of the Week. (Credit: Flagler College Athletics)
Flagler College (Fla.) junior Mike O’Reilly, a former Shoreham-Wading River High School player, was selected as the Peach Belt Conference’s Pitcher of the Week on Monday. (more…)
Bishop McGann-Mercy third baseman Leo Ellis awaits a throw as Mattituck’s Marcos Perivolaris steals third base on the same play in which Ian Nish drew a walk. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
TUCKERS 11, MONARCHS 3
The Mattituck offense is a fierce, multi-headed beast, feared as much for its speed and consistency as its power. Whether it be by small ball, long ball or a combination of both, the Tuckers play winning ball.
A perfect case in point was the opener to their Suffolk County League VIII baseball series against Bishop McGann-Mercy on Tuesday. The Tuckers’ offense was so potent that they held a 2-0 lead through the first three innings without the benefit of a hit. Both of the runs were scored in a virtually identical manner. The leadoff hitter, Joe Tardif, drew a walk, stole second base and advanced to third on either a groundout or a balk. Then, he was brought home on sacrifice flies by Chris Dwyer.
Voilá! It’s 2-0, just like that. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River pitcher Brian Morrell returns for his sophomore season this year for the Wildcats. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)
The 2014 season at Shoreham-Wading River featured a bit of everything. A freshman throwing two no-hitters, crazy come-from-behind wins, a league title and a trip to the county finals.
It was a thrilling, exhausting ride and when it was over, the only coach the program has ever known, Sal Mignano, announced he was retiring. Now, the Kevin Willi era at Shoreham begins as the Wildcats look to duplicate some of the magic of last year.