07/15/15 11:19pm
07/15/2015 11:19 PM
Riverhead Tomcat's Dan Jagiello pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Wednesday's all-star game. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead Tomcat’s Dan Jagiello pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Wednesday’s all-star game. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

HCBL ALL-STAR GAME  |  NORTH 2, SOUTH 1

Eddie Haus posed for a picture alongside Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League president Brett Mauser when a woman came rushing toward the field, camera in hand.

Haus, an outfielder for the Shelter Island Bucks, turned and smiled wide as the woman steadied her camera for a shot of her own.

It was his mother.  (more…)

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…)

07/11/15 9:29pm
07/11/2015 9:29 PM

BUCKS 9, TOMCATS 5

On days like Saturday, the Riverhead Tomcats must wish there was something like a baseball bank. Need a run, take a run. Need a hit, take a hit. Just tuck away any excess offense you may have to your credit and save it for a rainy day, so to speak.

It would have come in handy for the Tomcats, who banged out 22 hits (including four each by Nate Soria and Hunter Dolshun) in a 14-5 defeat of the Montauk Mustangs on Friday. Had they been able to carry over some of those hits and runs to Saturday’s game against the Shelter Island Bucks, it might have made a difference. As it was, the Bucks showed why they hold first place in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League and the hard-luck Tomcats came up short, 9-5, at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton.  (more…)

07/06/15 9:38pm
07/06/2015 9:38 PM
Riverhead's Tyler Osik waits for the throw at second base as he tries to turn a double play against Westhampton (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead’s Tyler Osik waits for a throw to second base as he tries to turn a double play against Westhampton (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

AVIATORS 9, TOMCATS 2

It seemed hard to believe afterward, looking at the scoreboard at Aviator Field in Westhampton, but for six tight innings, the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League game had been a classic pitching duel.

And then the wheels came flying off, sending the Riverhead Tomcats tumbling to defeat.

That’s baseball for you.  (more…)

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.

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