08/08/14 8:00am
08/08/2014 8:00 AM
Sal Mignano patrols the third base coaching box at Southampton High School around the 1982 season. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

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…)

08/08/14 7:59am
The Shoreham-Wading River baseball team celebrates a league championship in 1990. (Credit: News-Review archives)

The Shoreham-Wading River baseball team celebrates a league championship in 1990. (Credit: News-Review archives)

In 38 seasons, the Shoreham-Wading River baseball team, under the leadership of Sal Mignano, won 12 league championships, seven county championships and a state title. Mignano announced Aug. 2 he’ll be retiring.

Here’s a look back at some of the highlights, as they were covered in the Riverhead News-Review.  (more…)

08/02/14 12:00pm
08/02/2014 12:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River coach Sal Mignao, pictured during the 2012 county finals, announced his retirement Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Shoreham-Wading River coach Sal Mignano, pictured during the 2012 county finals, announced his retirement Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

After nearly 600 victories, 38 seasons and seven county championships, legendary Shoreham-Wading River baseball coach Sal Mignano has decided to hang up the cleats.  (more…)

05/27/14 7:08pm
05/27/2014 7:08 PM
John Montesano pitched one inning of relief for Shoreham-Wading River in Bayport on Tuesday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

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…)

05/16/14 8:31pm
05/16/2014 8:31 PM
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)

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…)

05/10/14 3:20pm
05/10/2014 3:20 PM
The Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats joined in celebration after defeating Bayport-Blue Point, 3-2, in extra innings and securing the League VII championship outright. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

The Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats joined in celebration after defeating Bayport-Blue Point, 3-2, in extra innings and securing the League VII championship outright. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

WILDCATS 3, PHANTOMS 2 (8 INNINGS)

When Bayport-Blue Point and Shoreham-Wading River play, fans of exciting high school baseball may want to settle comfortably into their seats. They’re going to be there for a while.

Judging be recent history, it will undoubtedly be worth the wait. (more…)

04/24/14 8:00pm
04/24/2014 8:00 PM
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)

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…)

04/24/14 8:00am
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Brian Morrell has found himself in rare company by throwing two no-hitters in his first two varsity starts. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River freshman Brian Morrell has found himself in rare company by throwing two no-hitters in his first two varsity starts. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Soon after Taylore Baker threw consecutive no-hitters in his first two varsity starts in 2008, the Canton, Ohio, teen and his father began researching who else had ever accomplished the feat.

They started by looking through the Ohio state record books. They also searched the Internet for a match elsewhere in the country.

They found no one. Until now.  (more…)