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.
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.
It won’t take long for the Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats to get a sense of what this year’s team is made of. READ
Shoreham-Wading River senior John Montesano pitched five innings Thursday against Bayport-Blue Point. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)
CLASS A COUNTY FINALS, GAME 1 | PHANTOMS 8, WILDCATS 1
After losing a player the caliber of Jack Piekos — a hard-throwing lefty who twice won the Paul Gibson Award as the top pitcher in the county — it could have been easy to overlook Bayport-Blue Point. Piekos was the undisputed ace of a team that won back-to-back state championships in 2013 and ’14.
Piekos may be gone (he now attends the University of Maryland), but the bevy of talented pitchers remains at Bayport. (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 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.