Shoreham-Wading River’s entry into the Suffolk County Class A baseball finals was, in a word, grand.
With a place in the finals within its grasp, Shoreham-Wading River came out swinging and left no doubt about the outcome. The Wildcats scored 14 runs from 13 hits in the first two innings alone Saturday. That included a 10-run explosion in the second inning, which was highlighted by grand slams from Dean Stalzer and Brian Morrell. For Morrell, it was already his second home run of the game and sixth of the year as the top-seeded Wildcats eliminated No. 4 Mount Sinai from the double-elimination tournament, 16-4, at Kevin Williams Memorial Field in Shoreham. Mount Sinai’s other playoff loss also came to Shoreham, 3-2, on Wednesday.
Winners find a way to win. Talent has a lot to do with it, but sometimes a little magic along the way helps.
Consider the trouble Shoreham-Wading River was in during the third inning of its Suffolk County League VII baseball game against rival Bayport-Blue Point on Friday. An infield single by Chris Behan, a walk by Jake Giannico and a throwing error that allowed Jake Liberatore to reach safely, loaded the bases for Bayport — with none out!
No-hitters never get old. Just ask Brian Morrell.
The Shoreham-Wading River High School pitcher should know better than most people. On Monday he threw the fourth no-hitter of his high school career.
The first two rows of bleachers behind home plate at Shoreham-Wading River High School’s Kevin Williams Memorial Field were marked as reserved seating on Monday. They were set aside for pro scouts.
That could only mean one thing: Brian Morrell was scheduled to pitch.
Individual awards are awfully nice, and Brian Morrell has won some real nice ones, but this year the Shoreham-Wading River High School senior wants to win some other things: championships.
Whether they be league, county, Long Island, regional or state, Morrell wants his Shoreham baseball team to claim one championship after another.
Over 10 days, the News-Review will be highlighting the top sports stories of 2016. This is the first in the series.
In his fourth year on varsity, Shoreham-Wading River junior Brian Morrell compiled one of the best seasons in program history. READ
Brian Morrell was caught by surprise when his coach, Kevin Willi, encouraged him to prepare a speech in advance of the Suffolk County Coaches Association all-county dinner Wednesday night. READ
Any time Brian Morrell is handed a baseball, he is capable of throwing a no-hitter. The Shoreham-Wading River High School junior has already thrown three of them for the Wildcats, so when Islip went through the fourth inning without a hit off Morrell, one wondered if No-Hitter No. 4 was in the works. READ