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…)

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…)

07/18/14 9:44pm
07/18/2014 9:44 PM
Riverhead's Dan Popio slides in safely at second base while Sag Harbor second baseman Ted Shaw covers the bag. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Riverhead’s Dan Popio slides in safely at second base while Sag Harbor second baseman Ted Shaw covers the bag. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TOMCATS 9, WHALERS 8 (10 INNINGS)

The Riverhead Tomcats have had their share of offensive heroes this season. Cole Fabio was one of them on Friday evening.

The Tomcats did things the hard way, blowing a six-run lead. Having conceded five runs to the Sag Harbor Whalers in the ninth inning, the Tomcats pulled out a tense 9-8 triumph on Fabio’s walk-off single in the 10th at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton. (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…)

07/07/14 10:00am
07/07/2014 10:00 AM
Nick Ahmed, who played for the University of Connecticut when he was a member of the Westhampton Aviators in 2009, was the first Hamptons League player to reach the big leagues. (Credit: Steve Slade/UConn Athletics)

Nick Ahmed, who played for the University of Connecticut when he was a member of the Westhampton Aviators in 2009, was the first Hamptons League player to reach the big leagues. (Credit: Steve Slade/UConn Athletics)

Brett Mauser had hoped the milestone moment would have come late last summer when Major League Baseball rosters expanded and clubs began calling up players from their farm system. Alas, it never happened.

As the 2014 MLB season unfolded, it quickly became apparent that the race was on. The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, now in its seventh year, was on the verge of seeing its first former player called up to the majors.  (more…)