07/14/15 1:22am
07/14/2015 1:22 AM

The stars will come out on Wednesday night. Prominent among them will be members of the North Fork Ospreys and the Riverhead Tomcats.

Ten Ospreys and nine Tomcats were named to play in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank on Wednesday night. Those Ospreys and Tomcats will be joined by representatives of the Shelter Island Bucks on the North team that will play the South, which will have players from the Montauk Mustangs, the Sag Harbor Whalers, the Southampton Breakers and the Westhampton Aviators.  (more…)

06/26/15 8:58pm
06/26/2015 8:58 PM
North Fork second baseman Kyle Colletta tags out Riverhead's Tyler Osik, who tried to steal in the seventh inning. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

North Fork second baseman Kyle Colletta tags out Riverhead’s Tyler Osik, who tried to steal in the seventh inning. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

OSPREYS 3, TOMCATS 1

It’s not even July yet, and it appears as if the dog days of summer have arrived in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League.

Keen-eyed observers are noticing signs of wear and tear taking their toll on players not accustomed to playing such a congested schedule of games. With teams just about halfway through a grueling 42-game schedule, managers are seeing players battling the grind, the heat and the humidity. The league has a busier June schedule than usual, noted the Riverhead Tomcats manager, Randy Caden. (more…)

05/31/15 10:12pm
05/31/2015 10:12 PM
Former Shoreham-Wading River High School standout Tyler Osik made his debut for the Riverhead Tomcats in their season-opening game on Sunday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Former Shoreham-Wading River High School standout Tyler Osik made his debut for the Riverhead Tomcats in their season-opening game on Sunday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

OSPREYS 3, TOMCATS 1

Despite the threat of thunderstorms and rain, the weather held up. So did the pitching.

Receiving the starting pitching assignment on Opening Day was an honor bestowed upon Cameron Burt of the North Fork Ospreys and Dan Jagiello of the Riverhead Tomcats. Both right-handers responded with quality performances on Sunday when the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League opened its third season.

After both teams went hitless in the first five innings, the Ospreys prevailed in a pitcher’s duel, 3-1, at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton.

All the scoring came in the seventh inning, by which time both Burt and Jagiello were done for the day.

The Ospreys shot out to a lead on three successive hits. James Morisano and Ryan Mahoney both singled before the designated hitter, Peter Papcun, drove a triple over the right fielder, Hunter Dolshun. Moments later, Papcun scored to make it 3-0 when the home-plate umpire called a balk.

The Tomcats had only 13 players available. They were missing 11 players who are still in the playoffs with their college teams. That prompted their manager, Randy Caden, to utilize one pitcher, Tanner Watkins, as a designated hitter, and another pitcher, Jake Reinhardt, at first base for the last three innings. Another pitcher, Adam Wolhorf, was picked up at around 9:30 p.m. the night before to help with the pitching shortage, said Caden. Wolhorf pitched the last three innings.

Jagiello, who completed his sophomore season at LIU Post, certainly did his part. Caden said he was looking for three or four innings from him. Instead, Jagiello provided six innings of shutout stuff, during which he conceded only two hits, no walks and struck out seven.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Burt, a former Mattituck High School star who plays for Queens College, had a pretty good game himself. He brought his side five shutout innings, allowing three hits. He walked four and struck out four.

The Tomcats had mounted threats, but stranded two runners in the second and fourth innings.

In the fifth, the Tomcats had the bases loaded with no outs, but came away with nothing. The Ospreys second baseman, Nick DelPrete, made a tremendous diving grab of a liner hit by Nate Soria and then quickly darted a throw to second to catch the runner off the base for a double play. The third out came when catcher Jake Lieberman made a perfect throw to DelPrete to catch Paulie Russo trying to steal.

The Tomcats finally broke through with a run in the seventh. Watkins, who drew a two-out walk and advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt, reached home when Russo bounced a single up the middle.

Both teams, sporting new uniforms, had a little time to kill when an oddity occurred. Before the fifth inning started, it had gotten considerably darker and the umpires called for a darkness delay that lasted about five minutes while some ominous clouds floated by and the sky lightened up a bit.

Former Shoreham-Wading River High School standout Tyler Osik made his debut for the Tomcats, starting at second base. Osik, who will be a sophomore at Coker College (S.C.), walked in his first three plate appearances and looked at a called third strike in his fourth. He had two assists and one putout.

The Ospreys manager, Bill Ianniciello, said he liked what he saw from his pitchers. The Ospreys used five of them — Burt, Shane McDonald, Frank Moscatiello, Danny Pobereyko and Daniel Jacobson.

After facing only two batters in the sixth, McDonald left the game because of trouble with his left elbow. Moscatiello got the win, striking out three and giving one hit in two innings, and Jacobson picked up the save.

bliepa@timesreview.com

03/24/15 9:53pm
03/24/2015 9:53 PM

Former Mattituck High School star Cameron Burt has been assigned to play for the North Fork Ospreys in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League this coming summer. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound right-handed pitcher is a freshman at Queens College.

Two former Shoreham-Wading River High School players have also been placed on HCBL teams.Tyler Osik, a freshman infielder for Coker College (S.C.), will play for the Riverhead Tomcats. Jack Massa of Shoreham, a freshman catcher at Canisius College, will join the Westhampton Aviators. (more…)

07/26/14 9:38pm
07/26/2014 9:38 PM

TOMCATS 4, OSPREYS 1

Welcome to the league where parity is king.

This captivating horse race of a Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League regular season went down to the wire. With the top six teams running neck and neck in the standings, and a razor-blade thin difference between each of them, the scenario on Saturday was quite remarkable before teams played their 40th games of the 40-game season. All four playoff spots had finally been secured, but there was — get this — a four-way tie for first place.

How about that? (more…)

07/22/14 11:34pm
07/22/2014 11:34 PM
Riverhead's starting pitcher, Zach Hamilton, pitched five scoreless innings during which he held North Fork to one hit. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead’s starting pitcher, Zach Hamilton, pitched five scoreless innings during which he held North Fork to one hit. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

OSPREYS 3, TOMCATS 2

Like the blinding orange orb in the evening sky that descended on a slight arc toward left field at Jean W. Cochran Park, the sun is setting on the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League regular season.

The race for the playoffs is tight, remarkably tight. Like a game of musical chairs, six contending teams are cautiously circling, eyeballing the four playoff spots. When the music stops playing, two of those teams will be left standing, and disappointed.

Given the circumstances, the value of every win is magnified. Who knows how much good the North Fork Ospreys did for themselves by pulling off the stunning escape act they executed on Tuesday night? (more…)

07/12/14 12:00pm
07/12/2014 12:00 PM
Riverhead shortstop Danny Mendick fielding a ground ball for an out during the Tomcats' 10-9 season-opening loss to Montauk. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead shortstop Danny Mendick will represent the North all-star team tonight. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League will host its all-star game Saturday night at Cochran Park in Peconic. More than 50 of the top players in the seven-team summer league will participate. (more…)

07/08/14 9:50pm
07/08/2014 9:50 PM
Stephen Woods, a Half Hollow Hills East graduate, struck out eight batters in four innings Tuesday against Riverhead. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Stephen Woods, a Half Hollow Hills East graduate, struck out eight batters in four innings Tuesday against Riverhead. (Credit: Bill Landon)

For one of the top pitching prospects out of Long Island in recent years, Stephen Woods’ career on the mound has been remarkably brief.

It wasn’t until his junior year at Half Hollow Hills East High School that Woods turned to pitching full-time as a baseball player. He had been a third baseman and outfielder, winning a gold glove award at third as a sophomore and earning all-league honors.  (more…)