07/17/11 1:06am
07/17/2011 1:06 AM

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO

The Riverhead Tomcats scored all six of their runs in the first four innings of a 6-2 Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League defeat of the North Fork Ospreys on Saturday night at Jean W. Cochran Park in Peconic. Aiding the effort for the Tomcats (12-19) were home runs by Ryan Lukach, Alex Gouin and Frank Schwindel (2 for 4, two runs batted in). Jamie Wollerman and Adam Michel added two hits apiece to the victory, according to www.hamptonsbaseball.org.

Peter Kaplan was the winning pitcher, allowing eight hits and two earned runs over six and two-third innings.

Andrew Furr delivered two hits, including a home run, and stole a base for the Ospreys (17-14). Teammates Matt Carroll and Sebastian Graziani singled twice.

07/12/11 12:12am
07/12/2011 12:12 AM

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Eric Schlitter of Riverhead dove home to score the East's first run on Ray Ortega's double in the third inning.

They were like little kids — well, big kids, actually — playing in a playground, Brooklyn’s playground.

Coney Island is just that, one big playground that includes MCU Park, the beautiful home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, the New York Mets’ minor-league affiliate.

With rides, neon lights and beachfront providing a scenic background, MCU Park was home to the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game on Monday night. Several stars shined under a nearly full moon, but perhaps none did so as much for the East as North Fork Ospreys first baseman Matt Carroll. Carroll drove in three runs from two hits to lead the East to a 5-4 comeback victory, avenging last year’s loss to the West. Carroll shared the game’s most valuable player honor with West second baseman Robert Bernardo, who reached base four times. Bernardo, a member of the Jersey Pilots, had two hits, stole three bases, walked and was hit by a pitch.

The result will give the Hampton Division representative the home-field advantage in the league championship game.

“Home-field advantage is a big deal when it gets to that part of the season,” Carroll said, “and hopefully it will work out for our team and we’ll be in that championship game with the home-field advantage.”

Brian Hansen, the Ospreys’ co-coach who managed the East team, seemed to enjoy the experience as much as any of his players. His 11-year-old son, Luke, got an up close and personal experience, handing the lineup card to the umpire before the game.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | East second baseman Ryan Brockett of North Fork got Dan Klem out on a 6-4-3 double play in the second inning.

“That’s pretty good for a small-town guy, not bad,” Hansen, a big Mets fan, said after the game. “I’m on top of the world right now.”

Both the defending league champion Ospreys and the Riverhead Tomcats were well represented in the game. Among those in the East starting lineup were Ospreys second baseman Ryan Brockett, Ospreys left fielder Ryan Williams, Tomcats designated hitter Frank Schwindel, Tomcats third baseman Eric Schlitter and Carroll. Ospreys pitcher Milan Mantle and Tomcats pitcher Brett Schreiber worked an inning each. Two other Tomcats, left fielder Eric Romano and pinch hitter Zach Mathieu, also played.

“It was a good experience, all the best players … and it was a pretty good game,” said Schwindel.

The East twice bounced back from deficits, taking the lead for good in the seventh inning when it made a big move, striking for three runs and a 5-3 lead. Ryan Kresky and Stuart Turner led off with walks, and then both scored on Carroll’s single. Then three West fielders converged on Kevin Heller’s fly ball hit to shallow right field. The ball fell to the ground and Carroll scooted home.

The West pulled a run back later in the inning, courtesy of Ryan Quinn’s bloop single, which brought in Henry Knabe, who had led off with a single.

It was the West that struck first in the bottom half of the inning when a single by Bernardo and a double that Robert Fargnoli whacked off the left-field wall brought in the game’s first run.

The West doubled that lead in the second. Dan Johnson and Dan Klem both squeezed singles through the middle of the infield, the later scoring the run. An inning-ending 6-4-3 double play averted further damage, though.

But the East drew even at 2-2 in the third. Schlitter sprayed a single to center field and then scored on Ray Ortega’s double. Later, Ortega was brought home when Carroll took an inside 3-2 pitch to right field for a single. Both of Carroll’s hits came with two outs and two strikes on him.

“He’s a great clutch hitter,” said Hansen.

The West pulled ahead again, though, in the bottom of the third. Bernardo led off with a walk before stealing second base and then third. He tried to score on a bouncer hit by Fargnoli, but was thrown out at home by the shortstop. Fargnoli, however, later scored himself courtesy of Scott Glozzy’s lined single, making it 3-2.

The game doesn’t count in the standings, but both teams were playing to win.

“Every time you go out you want to try to win the game, so winning here against the best from the other [division], it felt good,” said Mathieu.

Hansen liked the way the East players, who are accustomed to playing against each other in regular-season games, pulled together for one night. He knew it wouldn’t last for long, though.

“We’re rivals tomorrow,” Hansen said. “That’s the way it goes.”

bliepa@timesreview.com

07/05/11 1:54pm
07/05/2011 1:54 PM

Five Riverhead Tomcats are among the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball players who will join with the Long Island Collegians to represent the East in the 2011 Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game. The will take place on Monday, July 11, at Brooklyn’s MCU Park, home of the Cyclones, the New York Mets’ single-A affiliate. The Tomcats named to the team are infielder Zach Mathieu, pitcher Brett Schreiber and outfielders Eric Romano, Eric Schlitter and outfielder Frank Schwindel. Another Tomcats player, pitcher Aaron Slegers, has been designated as an alternate. Tomcats Coach Randy Caden will be one of the team’s assistant coaches.

The North Fork Ospreys will be represented by pitcher Milan Mantle, outfielders Ryan Brockett, outfielder Ryan Williams, Manager Brian Hansen and Assistant Coach Michiel van Kampen.

Each Hamptons Collegiate Baseball team placed at least four players on the squad.

07/04/11 12:10am
07/04/2011 12:10 AM

The Riverhead Tomcats banged out 16 hits, scored in six of the nine innings and received four runs batted in apiece from Eric Romano and Frank Schwindel as they steamrolled the North Fork Ospreys, 19-3, in an Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League game on Sunday in Riverhead.

Romano enjoyed a 4-for-6 game and homered. Adam Michel drove in three of Riverhead’s runs.

Ryan Lukach earned the win, scattering seven hits and striking out six over five innings, during which the Ospreys scored all three of their runs.

Pat Brennan homered for the Ospreys. He had two hits, as did teammate Matt Carroll.

The result pulled the Tomcats’ record to 10-11. The third-place Ospreys, who had led the Hampton Division for most of the season, dropped to 11-11.

07/01/11 10:59pm
07/01/2011 10:59 PM

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Riverhead pitcher Marc Rutledge did not allow an earned run over seven innings against North Fork on Friday night.

The Riverhead Tomcats built a 7-0 lead by the second inning and rolled over the North Fork Ospreys, 13-1, in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League on Friday night. Eric Romano and Ryan Lukach both homered for the Tomcats (11-9) and Eric Schlitter drove in four of their runs in the game at Jean W. Cochran Park in Peconic. Another Tomcat, Adam Michel, went 3 for 5 and scored twice.

The winning pitcher, Marc Rutledge, did not allow an earned run over seven innings during which he gave up six hits. He struck out six and walked one.

Brendan O’Brien went 3 for 4 for the Ospreys (11-9), who dropped into a tie for first place in the Hampton Division with the Westhampton Aviators.

06/27/11 12:09pm
06/27/2011 12:09 PM

Ryan Williams homered, drove in four runs and stole a base for the North Fork Ospreys, who were 10-4 winners over the Riverhead Tomcats in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League on Sunday.

The visiting Ospreys also received two runs batted in apiece from Rocco Gondek (3 for 5) and Ian Vazquez.

Kris Selvaggi struck out three over two and one-third hitless, scoreless innings to pick up the win.

Eric Romano of the Tomcats went 4 for 5, knocking in one run and scoring another. Another Riverhead player, Keith Herring, had a home run and two RBI.

The first-place Ospreys improved their record to 10-4 while the Tomcats fell to 7-8.

06/22/11 10:05am
06/22/2011 10:05 AM

Rocco Gondek delivered three singles and scored twice for the visiting North Fork Ospreys in their 7-2 victory over the Riverhead Tomcats in an Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League game on Tuesday. Darrin Standish added a couple of hits for the Ospreys (9-3).

Milan Mantle was the winning pitcher. He gave up four hits and two earned runs over five innings.

Patrick Jones homered for the Tomcats (6-7).

06/19/11 11:33am
06/19/2011 11:33 AM

The first-place North Fork Ospreys, with a home run and three runs batted in from Matt Carroll, took a half-game lead over the Westhampton Aviators in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League’s Hampton Division thanks to a 6-4 defeat of the Riverhead Tomcats on Saturday night.

Ryan Brown went 3 for 4 and knocked in a run himself for the Ospreys, who brought their record to 7-3 with the result at Jean W. Cochran Park in Peconic.

Riverhead, which fell to 5-5, received three hits from Eric Schlitter and two from Keith Herring. They both doubled.