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
It hurt Shoreham-Wading River to drop two games from its three-game Suffolk County League VII baseball series with Mount Sinai, but what was much more painful was watching Vincent Uzzi clutching his right knee in obvious agony after tumbling to the ground.
The 2015 Shoreham-Wading River baseball season began unlike any other in the program’s history. For the first time, a coach other than Sal Mignano wrote out the lineup card each game. READ
Brian Morrell considers himself a huge Notre Dame basketball fan. So it didn’t hurt when on a recruiting visit to the famed university in Indiana, the Fighting Irish basketball coach, Mike Brey, offered to speak with Morrell. READ
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…)