Sal Mignano patrols the third base coaching box at Southampton High School around the 1982 season. (Credit: Courtesy photo)
Buddy Gengler stood at the podium inside the dimly lit auditorium at Shoreham-Wading River High School, the rain having forced the day’s festivities indoors. As he gazed out into the audience, he saw a crowd that had gathered to honor him along with two other former baseball players, Matt Millheiser (2001) and Bryan Sabatella (’02). On this day, their jerseys were to be formally retired, their legacy forever etched into SWR lore. But Gengler knew the day would be about more than his past accomplishments on the diamond. It was about something bigger. Someone bigger. (more…)
John Montesano pitched one inning of relief for Shoreham-Wading River in Bayport on Tuesday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS A TOURNAMENT | PHANTOMS 4, WILDCATS 0
One thing the members of the Shoreham-Wading River High School baseball team may remember most about their team this season was its comeback ability. The Wildcats have done it time and time again, sometimes in dramatic fashion.
“I know some teams crumble mentally when they’re down,” catcher Jack Massa said. “This team never seemed to do that.”
When the Wildcats needed runs, they often found a way to score them. Just not on Tuesday. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River players are jubilant after Jack Massa scored on an infield error, capping a game-winning, four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS A TOURNAMENT | WILDCATS 4, HURRICANES 3
With its green and white fatigue-patterned baseball jerseys, Westhampton Beach brings a military bearing to the field. But it was Shoreham-Wading River’s fighting spirit that enabled the Wildcats to win the battle.
Playoff wins generally don’t come easily. They require execution, persistence, and sometimes a little magic doesn’t hurt, either.
Over the years the Wildcats have participated in their fair share of magical games. Their playoff opener on Friday can be counted among them. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Brian Morrell gave up his first runs of the season Thursday against Westhampton, but the Wildcats still got the win. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
WILDCATS 13, HURRICANES 5
A larger than normal crowd lined the first base side of Kevin Williams Memorial Field Thursday afternoon in Shoreham. The chatter before the first pitch centered on Shoreham-Wading River’s sudden pitching sensation, Brian Morrell.
“Is the freshman pitching?” one eager fan asked. (more…)