05/14/15 2:06pm
05/14/2015 2:06 PM
Riverhead shortstop Dani Napoli fields a grounder in the regular season finale Tuesday. The Blue Waves open the playoffs Friday.(Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead shortstop Dani Napoli fields a grounder in the regular season finale Tuesday. The Blue Waves open the playoffs Friday.(Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The Riverhead softball team will open the 2015 playoffs with an outbracket game Friday at Half Hollow Hills West.

The Blue Waves were seeded No. 18 in the Class AA tournament and will face the No. 15 seed in the Colts. The winner advances to play at No. 2 Commack.  (more…)

05/11/15 7:55pm
05/11/2015 7:55 PM
McGann-Mercy freshman Isabella Sorgi fires a pitch against Pierson Monday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

McGann-Mercy freshman Isabella Sorgi fires a pitch against Pierson Monday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

WHALERS 9, MONARCHS 0

As a five-year varsity player, Micaela Zebroski entered Monday’s Senior Day game as the longest tenured member of the Bishop-McGann Mercy softball team. A lot has changed over those years, from different teammates to coaches, to even the field.

The Monarchs used to travel to Stotzky Park for their home games before a new field was constructed last year on the school’s campus.  (more…)

05/09/15 5:00pm
05/09/2015 5:00 PM
An alumni softball game will be played on the McGann-Mercy field. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

An alumni softball game will be played on the McGann-Mercy field. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

All Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School alumni are invited to join in an alumni softball game on Sunday, May 17, at 1 p.m.

The game will be played on the McGann-Mercy softball field next to the junior high school. Anyone interested should RSVP to the McGann-Mercy alumni office at 631-727-5900, ext. 403.

04/25/15 2:19pm
04/25/2015 2:19 PM
Little League president Tony Sammartano addresses the teams during his last Opening Day. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Little League president Tony Sammartano addresses the teams during his last Opening Day. (Credit: Paul Squire)

On his last Opening Day, Riverhead Little League president Tony Sammartano had some advice to share.

To parents: Enjoy these chilly spring days with your young kids. These will be the best memories.

To the audience: Take the time to volunteer with the Little League for your own children or your community.  (more…)

04/24/15 8:00am
04/24/2015 8:00 AM

HomePlats

Saturday’s opening day ceremony will be Tony Sammartano’s last as Riverhead Little League president. After about 15 years at the helm, organizing an activity that hundreds and hundreds of kids have had the opportunity to enjoy, it’s time for him to move on to greener pastures.

Problem is, it’s not exactly clear who, if anyone, is going to run the league after Tony and his wife, Jennifer — another of the league’s five board members — step down. (more…)

04/24/15 7:59am

I have been involved in Riverhead Little League since 1996 when I began to coach my son Anthony in t-ball. I later became League President until 2002. I took a break to coach my son’s travel team for a few years. I was soon asked to come back by the members of the Board because the league was beginning to slip a bit and I have been the President ever since. (more…)

04/22/15 5:47pm
04/22/2015 5:47 PM
Riverhead's Karla Vanston went 2-for-2 Wednesday against Walt Whitman. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead’s Karla Vanston went 2-for-2 Wednesday against Walt Whitman. (Credit: Bill Landon)

As the dark clouds crept closer and light rain began to fall, the brand new scoreboard adjacent the left field line at Riverhead’s softball field turned off. By that point, in the fourth inning, the Blue Waves didn’t need any reminders of the score.

Walt Whitman hit early and often Wednesday afternoon to bring the Blue Waves’ three-game winning streak to a screeching halt.  (more…)

04/21/15 7:52pm
04/21/2015 7:52 PM
Shoreham-Wading River shortstop Alex Hutchins fields the ball as the Comsewogue runner takes second. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River shortstop Alex Hutchins fields the ball as the Comsewogue runner takes second. (Credit: Bill Landon)

WILDCATS 12, WARRIORS 2

Shoreham-Wading River’s senior trio of Caitlin Mirabell, Alex Hutchins and Hailey Tilton have experienced plenty of thrilling moments during their varsity careers. Two years ago, as sophomores, they each played pivotal roles in leading the Wildcats to the League VII title.

The next season, the good times faded. The Wildcats, rebuilding after losing their four-year starting pitcher, fell short of the playoffs in a rare down year.

Now as seniors, the girls found themselves leading a surprisingly young team with a new coach for their final year as Wildcats.

“Coming off of last year, I wanted to do better,” Tilton said. “I’m very happy with how we’re doing this year.”

No one might have guessed just how well the Wildcats have rebounded this season. Ten games into the season, the Wildcats are 8-2, one win away from a playoff spot and in the hunt with Mount Sinai and Miller Place for the League V title.

Offense has carried the way. The Wildcats are averaging more than 10 runs per game, a number boosted by their latest win Tuesday, a 12-2 victory at home against Comsewogue.

The seniors all played big roles. Tilton went 2-for-4 with a double and 3 RBIs. Mirabell hit a pair of doubles in the leadoff spot. Hutchins drove in two runs while playing a smooth shortstop.

The Wildcats struck for four runs in the opening inning to quickly take command against the Warriors. Comsewogue didn’t help its cause with three errors in the inning.

Shoreham struck for four more in the fourth inning and again in the sixth inning.

The Wildcats fielded a lineup with three eighth graders. Second baseman Nickey Ness batted second, followed by center fielder Joy Papagianopoulos (2-for-5). Catcher Melissa Marchese, who drove in one run, batted sixth. Another eighth grader is out injured.

A big part of the Wildcats’ turnaround this year has been freshman pitcher Victoria Coman. She pitched a complete game against the Warriors, giving up seven hits. The Wildcats were strong in the field behind her. She struck out only three batters as the defense took care of the rest.

The Wildcats will get right back at it Wednesday with a game at Westhampton that had been postponed. A win would clinch a spot in the playoffs for Shoreham.

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