07/28/11 2:17pm
07/28/2011 2:17 PM

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.

07/22/11 12:16pm
07/22/2011 12:16 PM

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.

07/15/11 11:26am
07/15/2011 11:26 AM

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.

07/13/11 10:41am
07/13/2011 10:41 AM

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).

07/11/11 11:35am
07/11/2011 11:35 AM

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).

06/29/11 10:48am
06/29/2011 10:48 AM

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.

06/17/11 11:50am
06/17/2011 11:50 AM

Sag Harbor Whalers pitcher Kevin McCarthy did not allow an earned run over eight innings, helping his side to a 5-3 win over the Riverhead Tomcats in an Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League game on Thursday at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor. McCarthy gave up five hits and two walks, striking out two.

A. J. Solomon doubled twice and scored two runs while Kevin Herlihy drove in two runs for the Whalers.

Two of Riverhead’s runs were knocked in by Alex Gouin. Teammate Keith Herring had two hits, one of which was a double.

06/13/11 8:23pm
06/13/2011 8:23 PM

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Riverhead shortstop Keith Herring cleanly handled a hard-hit grounder.

It wasn’t the sort of beginning to the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League season that the slumping Zach Mathieu had been looking for. He had managed only one hit and no runs batted in from his first 10 at-bats, not the type of numbers to put a smile on the Riverhead Tomcats designated hitter’s face.

“I’ve had a rough start so far,” he said. “I’m looking to turn things around.”

Monday was a start.

Mathieu drove in all three runs and five Tomcats pitchers shared a one-hitter as host Riverhead topped the Sag Harbor Whalers, 3-0. It was the fourth win in five games for Riverhead, which improved its record to 4-3 while Sag Harbor dropped to 1-5.

Mathieu supplied the game’s first hit and it traveled quite a distance. Alex Gouin led off the bottom of the second inning by drawing a walk. Two outs later, Mathieu socked his first home run of the young season over center field for a 2-0 lead.

In the fourth, Gouin ripped a vicious lined single off pitcher Brian Russell’s back. Russell remained in the game. Two errors in the inning enabled Gouin to reach third base. He scored from there when Mathieu hit into a fielder’s choice.

In Mathieu’s third and final at-bat, he grounded out to the shortstop. By the game’s end, his batting average had jumped to .154. It’s headed in the right direction.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Aaron Slegers (1-0), one of five Riverhead pitchers to share in the one-hitter, got the win.

Prior to the game, Riverhead coaches worked with Mathieu on some of the subtleties of hitting.

“We said, ‘Relax and go swing the bat like you did in college and look up the middle,’ and he got a hold of one, and it was nice,” Tomcats Manager Randy Caden said. “He’s a big, strong kid. I think he’s going to do well once he gets in a groove.”

The 6-foot-7, 250-pound Mathieu surely has power on his side. In his recently completed freshman season at Franklin Pierce University (N.H.), Mathieu posted a .297 batting average with three home runs and 37 RBI in 54 games.

“Hitting’s a big part of my game,” said Mathieu, who also plays first base. “I just like to stay inside the ball and try to go to the other field and hit it where it’s pitched. Hopefully today will help me see the pitches a little better.”

Aaron Slegers (1-0), who came on in relief of Nick Albero, got the win. They both went three innings each. After Slegers pitched, David Gibson, Casey Smith and Sean Cabrera worked an inning each, Cabrera striking out the side in the ninth for his first save. Albero made his first start of the season.

Riverhead’s pitching coach, George Brown, a former St. John’s University pitcher who was released by the St. Louis Cardinals, has placed an emphasis on throwing strikes and getting ahead in counts.

“It’s done a lot for us,” the 6-foot-10 Slegers said. “They’re definitely a potent offense and to hold them to one hit is a great achievement for our bullpen and our pitching staff. It’s definitely something to build on as we move forward in the season.”

Altogether, the five Riverhead pitchers had six strikeouts, two walks, hit a batter and allowed seven base runners.

“We hammered the zone,” said Slegers.

Sag Harbor didn’t manage a hit until Chris Gili delivered a sharp two-out single to left after Kyle Weeks reached base on a throwing error in the sixth.

Sag Harbor’s greatest scoring threat up to that point came in the seventh when its first two batters, Nate La Pointe and Joey Espinal, reached base on errors, La Pointe’s place awarded by a catcher’s interference call. The runners advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt. Then La Pointe was thrown out at home plate by the third baseman, Gouin, while trying to score on a bouncer hit by Brian Bruening. A groundout after that ended the threat, leaving two runners on base.

“Pitching’s the key,” said Caden, who indicated that he will use the first half of the season to define pitching roles. “They threw strikes.”

Gouin went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk, raising his batting average to a team-leading .357, with a .438 on-base percentage.

But it was good day for Mathieu as well, a day he had been waiting for.

“He’s always swung it well,” Slegers said. “He’s just hit it hard to people, just getting real unlucky. He’s another one in our lineup who can be real dangerous.”

Asked if this can be a turnaround game for him, Mathieu replied: “I’m hoping. I’m definitely hoping.”