A win is better than a tie, and two wins, even more so.
Needing a tie from their regular-season-ending doubleheader in Westhampton Tuesday in order to qualify for the playoffs for a second straight year, the Riverhead Tomcats rose to the challenge in convincing fashion. READ
As a young baseball fan back in the late 1950s, I would crawl under the covers at night with my Emerson transistor radio and listen to baseball games. READ
Nick Bottari is a man on the move. He has moved from school to school, from team to team, and this summer moved to the top of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League in batting average. READ
The son of a famous name is making a name for himself.
That name is George Bell Jr., whose father, George Bell Sr., was a three-time MLB all star and the 1987 American League MVP, playing most of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays.
It turns out the senior Bell had another job: batting coach for his son.
Like a game of musical chairs, a handful of teams are anxiously circling and vying for positions as the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League regular season approaches the final stretch. The Riverhead Tomcats are among those teams contending for three available playoff spots and hoping they will have a seat when the music stops.
A banner that reads “Celebrate Bob Furlong Day!” has proudly hung in Shirley Price-Furlong’s living room for a year.
On Saturday, it adorned the field at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton once again to honor her husband, Bob Furlong, who shared the general managership for the Riverhead Tomcats of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League with Patti White until he lost his battle with leukemia. He died Feb. 14 at age 58.
Alvin Melendez, a sophomore at Fordham University, made the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team this year based on his work as a relief pitcher for the Rams. But it is Melendez’s batting that is making an impression in this young Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League season. READ
Call them summer rentals.
That is essentially what the players in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League are. Colleges entrust their players to the care of the HCBL clubs for the purpose of training and development. The Riverhead Tomcats’ new manager, Mike Amendola, had an apropos analogy.