Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Brian Morrell pitched seven shutout innings in Game 3 against Bayport Wednesday. (Credit: Robert O’RourK)
CLASS A COUNTY FINALS, GAME 3 | PHANTOMS 1, WILDCATS 0
A heavy rainstorm that hit the area Monday forced the final game of the Class A county finals between Shoreham-Wading River and Bayport-Blue Point to be postponed. Lingering rain Tuesday pushed it back another day.
As the clouds finally broke Wednesday, and the sun shined down, the highly-anticipated Game 3 featuring two stud pitchers had finally arrived.
And the wait, at least for the Phantoms, was well worth it. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Fox pitched a complete game shutout against Bayport-Blue Point in Game 2 of the Class A county championship Friday. (Credit: Bill Landon)
CLASS A COUNTY FINALS, GAME 2 | WILDCATS 4, PHANTOMS 0
It took only 73 minutes for Shoreham-Wading River to ensure its season wasn’t over just yet.
Behind a six-hit shutout from senior Matt Fox, a pair of early home runs and some superb defense, the Wildcats blanked Bayport-Blue Point 4-0 in Game 2 of the Class A championship Friday afternoon at Kevin Williams Memorial Field.
Each team will turn to their aces for a decisive Game 3 Monday back in Bayport to determine the county champion. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Brian Morrell celebrates after striking out the final batter of the game in the Wildcats’ Game 3 win over Glenn Tuesday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)
CLASS A SEMIFINALS, GAME 3 | WILDCATS 5, KNIGHTS 1
As the No. 5 seed in the Class A Tournament, Shoreham-Wading River faced a longer road through the postseason than the League VI and VII champions, which received automatic byes into the semifinals.
On the surface, the higher seed had the better positioning. By playing that extra game, however, the Wildcats found themselves on the better end of a pitching matchup when they took the field against No. 1 John Glenn Tuesday in the decisive third game of the semifinal series.
At stake: a trip to the county finals. (more…)
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…)
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…)
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Brian Morrell pitches against Westhampton. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
When Brian Morrell took the mound for Shoreham-Wading River on April 11, the freshman was making his first varsity start. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Brian Morrell gave up his first runs of the season Thursday against Westhampton, but the Wildcats still got the win. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
WILDCATS 13, HURRICANES 5
A larger than normal crowd lined the first base side of Kevin Williams Memorial Field Thursday afternoon in Shoreham. The chatter before the first pitch centered on Shoreham-Wading River’s sudden pitching sensation, Brian Morrell.
“Is the freshman pitching?” one eager fan asked. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Brian Morrell has found himself in rare company by throwing two no-hitters in his first two varsity starts. (Credit: Bill Landon)
Soon after Taylore Baker threw consecutive no-hitters in his first two varsity starts in 2008, the Canton, Ohio, teen and his father began researching who else had ever accomplished the feat.
They started by looking through the Ohio state record books. They also searched the Internet for a match elsewhere in the country.
They found no one. Until now. (more…)