Call them summer rentals.
That is essentially what the players in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League are. Colleges entrust their players to the care of the HCBL clubs for the purpose of training and development. The Riverhead Tomcats’ new manager, Mike Amendola, had an apropos analogy. “Number one is sending them back healthy,” he said, “and the line I keep using is you’re driving somebody else’s Ferrari, so you got to make sure you treat it as such.”
One of those “Ferraris” was humming today.
Just because a high school athlete wins an Athlete of the Year award one year doesn’t mean she will win it the following year. And just because she didn’t win it last year doesn’t mean she will not win it this year.
Madison Tabor should know that better than most people. For the second time in three years, the Greenport High School senior was named an Athlete of the Year by The Suffolk Times on Thursday.
Much like the Olympics, there are no do-overs in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships. When the time comes, an athlete must be ready to perform and live with the results, good, bad or indifferent. READ
Scanning down the Mattituck/Southold girls lacrosse team’s 28-player roster, two things stand out. They would be the Tuckers’ only two seniors. And one of them, goalie Emily Perry, sat out the entire season with an injury.
The only starting player from this year’s team that the Tuckers lose to graduation is defender Corinne Reda.
Things had started well for Mattituck/Southold, just not well enough. That was the sticking point.
Chelsea Marlborough won the game’s first seven draws, helping the Tuckers to a 4-2 lead in their first state girls lacrosse semifinal. Bronxville, however, won the next five draws, and with it the momentum that brought the Broncos their first state championship in the Class D final at SUNY/Cortland today.
In this first year for Class D in New York State high school girls lacrosse, Mattituck/Southold is in a class of its own — at least on Long Island.
That was evident Sunday when the Tuckers picked up their first Long Island championship in dominating fashion.
Faced with the prospect of being victimized by a no-no, Mattituck turned the tables rather suddenly, first saying no no-hitter for Rondout Valley, and then no state semifinals for the Ganders.
Instead, it will be Mattituck heading to the state Class B semifinals for the second time in three years. Just how the Tuckers managed to do it is a testament to how crazy baseball can be sometimes.
Alya Ayoub may have felt like jumping straight up in the air and yelling, “Whoopee!”
She didn’t, though. The Mattituck High School senior restrained herself, out of consideration for those long jumpers who had failed to qualify for the state track and field championships.
Southold has a batting order you can count on — like 1, 2, 3.
That would be as in the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 batters at the top of its order. They made Southold’s ascension to the Long Island Class C baseball championship Thursday look as simple as 1, 2, 3.
Pat McFarland, Luke Hansen and Shane Zimmer combined for 10 RBIs and seven hits as Southold romped, 13-5, over East Rockaway.
Game day is finally approaching.
Following a 20-year wait, the Southold/Greenport high school softball team has returned to the playoffs. As Suffolk County’s only Class C qualifier, the Clippers have had to wait until Thursday when they face Nassau County champion East Rockaway in a Southeast Region semifinal at Hofstra University.