Like a game of musical chairs, a handful of teams are anxiously circling and vying for positions as the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League regular season approaches the final stretch. The Riverhead Tomcats are among those teams contending for three available playoff spots and hoping they will have a seat when the music stops.
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…)
Brett Schreiber earned a save and seven Riverhead Tomcats notched two hits or more in a 6-5 defeat of the Sag Harbor Whalers in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League on Wednesday. The Tomcats totaled 17 hits to 14 by the Whalers.
Whalers pinch hitter Joe Solomeno singled in Charlie Curl (2 for 4, two runs, hit by pitch, stolen base) to make it a one-run game in the bottom of the ninth inning at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor. But with the potential tying run on base, Schreiber got a flyout for the game-ending out.
Keith Herring drove in two runs and Jamie Wollerman went 3 for 5, scored one run and knocked in another for the Tomcats, according to www.hamptonsbaseball.org.
The Tomcats are 17-22, and the Whalers are 20-19.
The Riverhead Tomcats produced 24 hits as they swept an Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League doubleheader from the Sag Harbor Whalers, 6-5 and 11-8, on Thursday.
Keith Herring homered and Alex Gouin knocked in two runs for the Tomcats in the opener in Riverhead. Eric Romano, Adam Michel, Jim Luppens and Frank Schwindel added two hits apiece, according to www.hamptonsbaseball.org.
Nate LaPointe had eight runs batted in and three home runs for the Whalers (16-17) in the doubleheader, five of them coming in the nightcap when he homered twice.
But the Tomcats (15-20) brought too much firepower of their own. Luppens homered, doubled, knocked in four runs and scored twice in that game. Eric Schlitter drove in two runs and Michel went 3 for 4 with a walk and an RBI.
Ryan Kresky, who homered, went 2 for 3 with a run batted in as did Mike Blumenthal and Joey Espinal for the Sag Harbor Whalers in their 6-3 defeat of the Riverhead Tomcats in an Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League game Thursday in Riverhead. Brian Russell was the winning pitcher, giving up four hits and one earned run over six innings, according to www.hamptonsbaseball.org.
Ryan Lukach and Steve Dill both had two hits each for the Tomcats. Marc Rutledge took the loss despite posting eight strikeouts over seven innings.
Jamie Wollerman and Frank Schwindel both homered for the Riverhead Tomcats in a 5-4 triumph over the visiting Sag Harbor Whalers in an Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League game on Tuesday. The Tomcats (11-17) overcame a 4-2 deficit.
Joe Solomeno knocked in three runs and Charlie Curl supplied three hits for the Whalers (12-14).
The Sag Harbor Whalers broke out to a 6-0 lead by the fourth inning and rolled past the Riverhead Tomcats, 9-3, in an Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League game at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor on Sunday.
Sag Harbor’s 11-hit attack was paced by Kyle Weeks (two runs batted in), Joe Solomeno (3 for 3, walk, run, RBI) and Ryan Kresky (2 for 5, run, RBI).
Kyle McGowin, one of three pitchers used by the Whalers (12-13), worked five innings of shutout ball. He struck out three and gave up two hits.
Jamie Wollerman and Patrick Jones drove in a run apiece for the Tomcats (10-17).
The intangible of “finding ways to win” isn’t lost on the Sag Harbor Whalers. They’ve been doing it for a week straight and it has resulted in a meteoric climb up the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League’s Hampton Division standings.
As if a division-best earned run average and fielding percentage wasn’t enough, the Whalers got a little luck on Tuesday. Kevin Herlihy struck out but reached base on a dropped third strike. Not only that, Herlihy tore around the bases thanks to the catcher’s overthrow as well as an errant relay throw, giving Sag Harbor a stunning 3-2 victory over the Riverhead Tomcats.
The win was the Whalers’ third straight by one run and fifth in a row overall. They committed zero errors in four of those contests, and the pitching staff has yielded just six runs during that stretch.
Herlihy waved at a pitch by the Tomcats’ Casey Smith, but the ball squirted away from catcher Frank Schwindel. His throw to first sailed into foul territory, well down the right-field line. Herlihy never let up and took off for third on the delayed throw into the infield. The relay to third was off, and Herlihy was awarded home as the ball went out of play.
The teams traded runs in the first. Riverhead plated a run on a groundout by Schwindel, and Sag Harbor answered when Nate LaPointe singled in Charlie Curl.
Sag Harbor took advantage of another Tomcats mishap, which scored Josy Espinal, but Schwindel delivered again, doubling to right center to bring in Eric Romano.
Each starting pitcher was effective. Riverhead’s Nick Albero gave up two runs over five innings. Sag Harbor’s Ed Macaluso surrendered two over six innings. Once again, the Whalers bullpen shined. This time, it was righty John Antonelli, who tossed three shutout innings to earn the win in relief. He has thrown 12 2/3 innings without allowing a run.