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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
In two varsity starts, Shoreham-Wading River freshman Brian Morrell has pitched two no-hitters. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk file photo)
WILDCATS 4, PANTHERS 0
Brian Morrell did it again.
Incredibly, eight days after pitching a no-hitter in his first varsity start for the Shoreham-Wading River High School baseball team, the 15-year-old freshman turned in a repeat performance on Saturday. In his first pitching appearance since that memorable no-hitter against Mount Sinai, Morrell hurled another one, this time shutting down Miller Place’s bats in a 4-0 victory. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Brian Morrell embraces coach Sal Mignano after throwing a no-hitter Friday against Mount Sinai. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
WILDCATS 3, MUSTANGS 0
Coming into the season, Brian Morrell was expected to factor into Shoreham-Wading River’s pitching rotation, most likely as the No. 3 starter. Because of the way the schedule worked out, the talented youngster’s first opportunity to start a game came Friday, eight games into the season.
A freshman already in second year on varsity, Morrell made his first start one to remember. (more…)
Riverhead senior Cody Smith returns at catcher this season in his third year on varsity. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
For nearly a third of Riverhead’s games last season, towering lefty Matt Crohan mowed through opposing lineups with seemingly effortless ease. Crohan went on to become the first Riverhead baseball player to win the Carl Yastrzemski Award as the top player in the county.
Now a year later, with Crohan pitching in college at Winthrop University, the Blue Waves are left to rebuild their pitching rotation. In a season where nearly all their position players are returning, the Blue Waves’ biggest question mark centers around the pitching staff. (more…)