Brian Morrell wore the familiar smile Monday that baseball fans would always see when he starred at Shoreham-Wading River High School. He joked with his teammates on the Riverhead Tomcats, relishing each inning as his team cruised to an 11-4 victory over the North Fork Ospreys at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton. READ
Tales of that “one bad inning” are well known. This, however, was one horrific inning that defied the odds and stunned the participants.
Two pitches into its Suffolk County Class A baseball playoff game Sunday, Shoreham-Wading River was already ahead, 2-0, at Rocky Point High School. The Wildcats went on to later take a 5-0 lead and looked firmly in control.
In the Shoreham-Wading River High School baseball team’s first scrimmage this year, Jared Sciarrino made quite an impression. The transfer from Longwood struck a laser of a line drive for a home run for his new team.
His new coach, Kevin Willi (a former Longwood player himself), liked what he saw. Willi recalled, “I said, ‘Oh, this kid’s going to hit some home runs this year. Look at his swing. Look at his pop.’ ”
Sciarrino, however, hasn’t made a name for himself as a home-run hitter. He had a homer against Bayport-Blue Point earlier this season, but that was it.