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…)
Tomcats’ first baseman Colton Rice reached base three times Monday, including a solo home run in the eighth inning. (Credit: Garret Meade)
OSPREYS 13, TOMCATS 12
Luke Stampfl has a knack for timely hits against Riverhead.
Stampfl singled up the middle in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday night to drive in two runs, rallying the North Fork Ospreys to a come-from-behind victory over the Riverhead Tomcats in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. (more…)
Riverhead Tomcats center fielder Mike Donadio snags a fly ball against Southampton June 19. Mike’s twin brother Mark plays left field. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
Randy Caden is well versed in dealing with twins; the Riverhead Tomcats manager has twin boys. Still, when it comes to telling apart brothers Mike and Mark Donadio, two outfielders suiting up for the Tomcats this summer, Caden admits it’s often a toss-up.
“You can’t tell them apart unless you know the number,” he said. “Sometimes I think I have one and I turn and it’s the wrong one.” (more…)
Riverhead Tomcats shortstop Danny Mendick fields a grounder in Game 2 of a doubleheader against Southampton Thursday. Mendick drove in six runs in the two games. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
As the fifth-year manager of the Riverhead Tomcats, Randy Caden is already one of the elder statesman in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League.
“I love it,” Caden said. “Coaching at Farmingdale and then coming here, it’s a different type of athlete. It’s baseball, and when you’re playing good baseball, it’s enjoyable.” (more…)
North Fork shortstop Luke Stampfl applied a tag, but Riverhead’s Cole Fabio is called safe on his steal of second base in the third inning. (Credit: Garret Meade)
OSPREYS 7, TOMCATS 5 (10 INNINGS)
This Penn didn’t need a hit to mark his imprint on the game.
Even without a hit, Penn Murfee had an unquestioned impact on the outcome of the North Fork Ospreys-Riverhead Tomcats game on Sunday. True enough, the Ospreys third baseman went 0 for 2 at the plate, but it wasn’t with his bat that he made a difference so much as with his legs, his keen eye and his baseball instincts. (more…)
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)
MUSTANGS 10, TOMCATS 9
The weather was ideal and the scene was idyllic for the Riverhead Tomcats’ Opening Day.
With the sun shining brilliantly, both the Montauk Mustangs and the Tomcats lined up before their Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League game and stood at attention while Erin Southard, a Riverhead High School freshman, sang the national anthem. Everything and everybody was ready for the game, that is, except the sound system and the Tomcats. (more…)
Former Tomcats player Jake Farr during the 2013 season. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)
The Riverhead Tomcats of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League need host families for this upcoming summer. Tomcats players will arrive on May 29 and the season runs for approximately two months. (more…)
Former Tomcats player Jake Farr during the 2013 season. (Garret Meade file photo)
The Riverhead Tomcats will have a new home for the 2014 season — Veterans Field at the Enterprise Park at Calverton complex. (more…)