John Wendt III was flanked by his parents, John Jr. and Suzanne, during Friday’s signing ceremony. Standing behind them, from left, are Riverhead coach Rob Maccone, Wendt’s youngher brother, Riley, and Riverhead athletic director Bill Groth. (Credit: Bob Liepa)
The back of John Wendt III’s baseball card should read something like this:
Height: 6 foot 3 inches. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. School: Riverhead High School. Favorite Math Subject: Calculus. Significant Statistics: Is ranked eighth among 314 students. Holds a weighted grade-point average of 105.77.
And, oh yeah, this member of the National Honor Society and the Foreign Language Society is also a pretty darn good baseball player. (more…)
Riverhead pitcher John Wendt threw six innings against Half Hollow Hills West Tuesday, giving up five runs. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
COLTS 8, BLUE WAVES 6
As the ball skipped over the glove of Half Hollow Hills West first baseman Jon Faraci, the Riverhead fans along the third base line erupted. For a brief second, it appeared the ball off the bat of Riverhead’s Cody Dilworth was destined for right field.
A runner on third raced toward home plate with a teammate trailing right behind. (more…)
Nick Herzog, a senior left-hander with a tough curveball, is one of Riverhead’s three projected starting pitchers. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
Good baseball teams have an ace pitcher. The Riverhead Blue Waves don’t believe they have a No. 1 pitcher. Rather, they prefer to think that they have three: call them 1a, 1b and 1c.
Riverhead coach Rob Maccone didn’t hesitate a second when he was asked what the biggest difference between last year’s team and this year’s version is.
“Pitching,” he said. (more…)