In a historical week for the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, one way or another, there were going to be firsts.
The Riverhead Tomcats, who in 2018 became the last HCBL club to win its first title, were trying to become the first team in the league’s 12-year history to nab consecutive championships. That would have been a nice achievement, but the Westhampton Aviators had other ideas. READ
The top two Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League teams play home games on fields that couldn’t be much more different. The second-seeded defending champion Riverhead Tomcats call the spacious field at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton — where home runs are a relative rarity — home. (more…)
The Riverhead Tomcats are returning to the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League championship series. There’s no catch, but there was The Catch.
A phenomenal diving catch by centerfielder Jason Coules — along with clutch play by the Tomcats in general — makes it possible for Riverhead to continue the defense of its title. READ
No question about it, Louis Antos has a reliable glove that’s a good match with his bat. And that’s saying something, considering he was the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League batting champion last year with a .425 batting average. READ
Bobby V knows baseball, particularly pitching.
In this case, the “V” stands for Vath (not Valentine, the former major league player and manager). The “V” in Vath could stand for victory because when Vath takes the pitching mound for the Riverhead Tomcats, that’s the usual result. READ
The Riverhead Tomcats will not be the top seed heading into the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League playoffs. Then again, the Tomcats are more concerned about being No. 1 after the playoffs are concluded. READ
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
When he wasn’t mowing down batters on the mound during his high school career at Mattituck, Joe Tardif was tracking down balls in center field for the Tuckers. As his career progressed to SUNY/Cortland, where he’ll be playing his final season next spring as a senior, he played primarily in right field. READ