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07/02/15 2:47pm
North Fork center fielder Tyler Houston making a throw home to complete a double play during Thursday's game against Sag Harbor. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

North Fork center fielder Tyler Houston making a throw home to complete a double play during the fourth inning of Thursday’s game against Sag Harbor. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

WHALERS 4, OSPREYS 2

An error here, some missed opportunities there. It can all add up — to defeat.

The North Fork Ospreys found that out on Thursday when they dropped a 4-2 loss to the Sag Harbor Whalers in a Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League game at Jean W. Cochran Park in Peconic. Tristan Chari squeezed a two-run single between first baseman Austin Guzzo and second baseman Kyle Colletta with two outs in the seventh inning to snap a 2-2 tie.

Chari, who came into the game tied with teammate Matt McCann for the fourth-highest batting average in the league at .355, had two runners on base when he stepped into the batter’s box. Ospreys pitcher Anthony Catinella had retired the first two batters that inning on groundouts before hitting Scott Hagan with a pitch and giving up a single to McCann.

The Ospreys (14-12), playing a rare home day game, twice took leads, only to see the Whalers (11-13-1) bounce back twice to even the score.

After Guzzo’s run-scoring single in the first made it 1-0, the Whalers drew level in the second when Kyle Cunningham scored on an errant throw.

Nick Heath, who played for the Ospreys’ 2013 league champion team and recently rejoined the squad, socked a home run to lead off the third. (Heath later made a nice diving catch to rob James Clements of a hit in the eighth.)

But that lead was short-lived as well. The next inning started with singles by Sag Harbor’s Brandon Elmy and Clements, who were then moved on a sacrifice bunt by Cunningham. Elmy came home when a ground ball hit by Nico Maida was booted.

The Ospreys averted further damage that inning, however, when a fly ball by Blaine Griffiths was turned into a double play. Center fielder Tyler Houston made the catch and then fired a throw home to catcher Jake Lieberman, who applied the tag on Clements.

The Whalers were 2-7-1 in their previous 10 games.

bliepa@timesreview.com

06/30/15 5:00pm
Danny Pobereyko, a converted reliever, hasn't allowed an earned run in his first 20 innings with the North Fork Ospreys. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Danny Pobereyko, a converted reliever, hasn’t allowed an earned run in his first 20 innings with the North Fork Ospreys. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

It was a piece of work that an artist could admire, and for an artist who is also a baseball player, so much the better.

Heading into this week’s games, Danny Pobereyko’s earned run average stood at a glittering 0.00, as in no earned runs allowed over 20 innings. Zero. Zilch.

That’s tops in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. (more…)

06/29/15 9:30pm
Katie Tuthill, who sat out last season after suffering a concussion, played her first basketball game since February of 2014 on Monday evening. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Katie Tuthill, who sat out last season after suffering a concussion, played her first basketball game since February of 2014 on Monday evening. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Katie Tuthill was just plain scared.

That was the word she used to describe her return to basketball after sitting out the entire 2014-15 season because of a concussion injury.

When she was asked if she felt any trepidation upon her return to the basketball court this summer, Tuthill referred to a practice last week. “I was so scared,” she said. “I don’t know. I guess I’m still a little fragile. I’m not as strong as I was.”

Tuthill may be stronger than she thought. On Monday evening the junior forward for the Southold/Greenport high school team played her first basketball game since February of 2014. It wasn’t anything dramatic, but it was a step forward for her.

What was Tuthill’s reaction after playing in a 45-22 loss to Longwood on the opening night of the Town of Brookhaven Summer League season?

“I forgot how much I enjoyed playing the game,” she said, adding, “I had a fun time today.”

The 5-foot-6 Tuthill, who was on the varsity team as a freshman, is expected to help the Clippers in the rebounding department, playing down low with players such as Grace Syron, Sam Baldwin and Jamie Molnar. That was just what Tuthill did on Monday. She grabbed a team-leading 6 rebounds to go with 4 points in the game at Shoreham-Wading River High School.

The Clippers’ coach, Howie Geismar, has seen enough to declare Tuthill an asset to the team.

“I think she’s going to help us a lot,” he said. “She’ll add a lot of toughness to the team next year. It’s going to take a little while. She hasn’t played basketball [in a while], but she’s definitely going to give us a versatile kind of swing player. She can play on the wing. She can play inside a little bit. She’ll help.”

Tuthill experienced a major disruption in her athletic life last fall when she suffered a concussion while playing goalkeeper for the Greenport/Southold field hockey team. While diving for a ball, she was kicked in the head by a player who had tripped over her. It resulted in Tuthill’s first concussion. “It was my first and it was quite a doozy,” she said.

Tuthill suffered headaches and other side affects such as trouble concentrating. She missed the remainder of the field hockey season and then the basketball season as well. In the meantime, she underwent a lot of physical therapy.

A pattern had developed for Tuthill of seeing a doctor every two weeks, undergoing more concussion tests and remaining hopeful of receiving medical clearance to participate in physical activity. “Being let down every two weeks is tough,” she said.

Until, finally, one day in mid-March, she received the go-ahead she had been waiting for and played for the Southold/Greenport softball team.

Although Tuthill didn’t play basketball last season, she was with the team as an official scorer. “I was there every game and most practices,” she said.

Now she is a welcomed presence on the basketball court.

“She’s going to be our big rebounder,” point guard Ale Cardi said. “We missed her a lot last year.”

Geismar, who took over as the Clippers’ coach last season, looks at the return of Tuthill like found money, a plus, something the Clippers didn’t have last season. He said: “If she was the new girl who moved into the district, it would be like, ‘Wow, we got this kid. She’s pretty good.’ ”

Tuthill said, as she had been warned, she still gets an occasional headache, “just not as bad as I did.”

After Monday’s game, though, she said she felt good. She said, “Exercising is good.”

bliepa@timesreview.com

06/29/15 9:00am
Jon Dwyer's ability to stay composed on the golf course helped him become Mattituck's first all-county golfer in at least 10 years, according to coach Paul Ellwood. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Jon Dwyer’s ability to stay composed on the golf course helped him become Mattituck’s first all-county golfer in at least 10 years, according to coach Paul Ellwood. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Tee shots miss the fairway and land in the woods. Approach shots find the bunker. Putts are missed.

Yes, golf can be an infuriating game. Miscues happen to the best of them. It’s how a player handles those adverse situations that can make all the difference.

That is why Jon Dwyer’s most valuable golfing tool may not be found in his golf bag. It’s his personality.  (more…)

06/26/15 8:56pm
North Fork second baseman Kyle Colletta tags out Riverhead's Tyler Osik, who tried to steal in the seventh inning. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

North Fork second baseman Kyle Colletta tags out Riverhead’s Tyler Osik, who tried to steal in the seventh inning. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

OSPREYS 3, TOMCATS 1

It’s not even July yet, and it appears as if the dog days of summer have arrived in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League.

Keen-eyed observers are noticing signs of wear and tear taking their toll on players not accustomed to playing such a congested schedule of games. With teams just about halfway through a grueling 42-game schedule, managers are seeing players battling the grind, the heat and the humidity. The league has a busier June schedule than usual, noted the Riverhead Tomcats manager, Randy Caden. (more…)

06/24/15 12:00pm
North Fork Rugby Club players during a scrum at practice. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

North Fork Rugby Club players during a scrum at practice. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

To those who have never seen one before, a rugby ball is sort of odd looking, like a bloated football on steroids. One can imagine a rugby player being asked by somebody who doesn’t know better: “Hey dude, what’s wrong with your football?”

Rugby balls are not exactly a common sight on the North Fork, although they are becoming more common, thanks to the efforts of Mike Jablonski.

Jablonski, a Mattituck High School teacher who lives in Shoreham, is the founder and coach of the fledgling North Fork Rugby Club. He assembled an under-18 team that held after-school practices this spring and played its first game earlier this month. It is Jablonski’s hope that, with this modest beginning, rugby will gain a foothold on the North Fork.  (more…)

06/18/15 8:07pm
The Suffolk Times athletes of the year were (from left):  Joe Tardif and Nikki Zurawski of Mattituck, Liam Walker and Jenna Standish of Southold and John Drinkwater and Madison Tabor of Greenport. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

The Suffolk Times athletes of the year were (from left): Joe Tardif and Nikki Zurawski of Mattituck, Liam Walker and Jenna Standish of Southold and John Drinkwater and Madison Tabor of Greenport. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

2014-15 ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

For the second year in a row, Meg Tuthill, a cross-country runner and track and field athlete for Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, was named an athlete of the year by the Times Review Media Group. Tuthill, a junior, is the first McGann-Mercy athlete to ever win the award more than once.

Tuthill was the only repeat winner among the slate of 12 winners for the 2014-15 school year. She was also one of four non-seniors in the group.  (more…)

06/17/15 12:00pm
Mattituck realized its ambitious goal of winning its first state championship on Saturday in Binghamton. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Mattituck realized its ambitious goal of winning its first state championship on Saturday in Binghamton. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

The odds against the scenario had to be extraordinary, and yet there they were, two baseball teams from high schools located only 7.46 miles away from each other, both playing in Binghamton, N.Y., on the final day of the postseason in pursuit of a state championship.

Who would have figured? Who could have guessed?  (more…)