06/30/15 5:00pm
06/30/2015 5:00 PM
Riverhead pitcher Jake Reinhardt, coming off knee surgery, ranked second in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League with a 0.44 earned run average. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead pitcher Jake Reinhardt, coming off knee surgery, ranked second in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League with a 0.44 earned run average. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Jake Reinhardt, a pitcher, had not played a baseball game in about a year. That’s a long time without baseball for a baseball player.

Then, when the time he had long waited for — the chance to finally play in a game again — had arrived, he was put at, would you believe it, first base.  (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…)

09/11/14 4:00pm
09/11/2014 4:00 PM
Nick Tropeano, who pitched for the Riverhead Tomcats in 2009, won his first MLB game Wednesday. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Nick Tropeano, who pitched for the Riverhead Tomcats in 2009, won his first MLB game Wednesday. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Nick Tropeano, who in 2009 dominated in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League as a member of the Riverhead Tomcats, made his Major League Baseball debut Wednesday night with the Houston Astros.  (more…)

07/30/14 10:00am
07/30/2014 10:00 AM
Dan Popio of Riverhead, who tied for second in the HCBL with five home runs, sliding into second base while Sag Harbor second baseman Ted Shaw covers the bag. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Dan Popio of Riverhead, who tied for second in the HCBL with five home runs, sliding into second base while Sag Harbor second baseman Ted Shaw covers the bag. (Credit: Garret Meade)

In a season in which qualifying for the playoffs was almost akin to drawing straws, the Riverhead Tomcats drew the short one.

Tomcats manager Randy Caden and his players may appreciate what a tight finish to the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League regular season does for fan interest, but his team was left out in the cold, nonetheless. The Tomcats’ 20-20 record was a two-game improvement from last year, but still not enough to avoid missing the postseason for the second year in a row. They were officially eliminated Friday night when the Southampton Breakers beat the North Fork Ospreys. The Tomcats didn’t help their cause, either, dropping a doubleheader to the Westhampton Aviators earlier in the day.

Regardless, Caden said the Tomcats had a fulfilling season. (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…)