The loss of the man they called “Smiles” generated a lot of tears.
News of Brian Simonsen’s death earlier this year impacted the Riverhead High School softball team. A number of Blue Waves knew Simonsen, a graduate of their school. Simonsen, who served as a detective for the New York City Police Department, was killed in a friendly fire incident Feb. 12 while responding to an attempted robbery in Queens. He was 42.
Grace wasn’t always amazing all of the time, but she was pretty darn good when it really counted.
Called into the Suffolk County League III softball game as an emergency relief pitcher in the second inning, Grace Dillingham helped Riverhead overcome not one, but two deficits before shutting down Northport over the final two innings en route to an exciting and dramatic 8-7 win on Thursday afternoon. READ