05/26/15 8:28pm
Joe Tardif drove in four runs, three from his second home run of the year, as Mattituck shut out Babylon, 7-0, in the opener to the county Class B finals. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Joe Tardif drove in four runs, three from his second home run of the year, as Mattituck shut out Babylon, 7-0, in the opener to the county Class B finals. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS B FINALS, GAME 1 | TUCKERS 7, PANTHERS 0

Joe Tardif has a knack for amazing people with his athletic exploits. He did it again on Tuesday — with his pitching arm, his bat and his glove.

Tardif delivered a fine pitching performance, drove in four runs (three from a home run) and made one of the nicest fielding plays of the day as Mattituck took the first game of the Suffolk County Class B baseball finals, 7-0 over Babylon. The top-seeded Tuckers (22-1) can wrap up their fifth county championship in 13 years on Wednesday if they win the second game in Babylon. (more…)

05/22/15 9:11pm

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS B TOURNAMENT | TUCKERS 15, ROYALS 4

Bats are helpful, but there are other ways to score runs in baseball, as the Mattituck Tuckers demonstrated on Friday.

It wasn’t that the Tuckers didn’t hit in the second game of the Suffolk County Class B Tournament semifinals — their seven hits were matched by Port Jefferson’s seven — but everything else made a big difference. In addition to drawing 12 walks, the Tuckers also saw five of their own get hit by pitches at Scofield-Desiderio Park in Port Jefferson. And then there were five errors by the Royals thrown into the mix.

It all added up to a 15-4 blowout by the top-seeded Tuckers (21-1), who sealed a return to the county finals for the third year in a row. The defending Long Island champions will host No. 2 seed Babylon (17-4) in the first game of the best-of-three finals on Tuesday. (more…)

05/21/15 8:47pm
Southold's players turned a team photo into a fun photo after capturing their first county championship since 2003. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Southold’s players turned a team photo into a fun photo after capturing their first county championship since 2003. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS C FINALS, GAME 2 | FIRST SETTLERS 6, WHALERS 0

After prevailing in an epic thriller of an opener to the Suffolk County Class C baseball finals, what does Southold do for an encore?

Well, for starters, its No. 2 pitcher flirts with a no-hitter. And then the First Settlers win their first county championship since 2003. (more…)

05/20/15 11:01pm

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS C TOURNAMENT | MUSTANGS 9, TUCKERS 5

In the Battle of the Hoegs, Mattituck/Greenport/Southold had the clear advantage, five to one. But the numbers that really counted, goals scored, fell in Mount Sinai’s favor.

The greatest season in the six-year varsity history of the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold girls lacrosse team came to an end on Wednesday. Kasey Mitchell scored five goals from six shots to lead No. 1 seed Mount Sinai to a 9-5 victory on its field turf in a Suffolk County Class C Tournament semifinal. The Mustangs (16-1) will return to the county final for the sixth time in seven years. They will face No. 2 Bayport-Blue Point (13-3) in the final on Tuesday at the Dowling Sports Complex. (more…)

05/20/15 9:35pm
Mattituck's Joe Tardif sliding into third base during Game 1 of the Tuckers' semifinal series against Port Jefferson. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Mattituck’s Joe Tardif sliding into third base during Game 1 of the Tuckers’ semifinal series against Port Jefferson. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS B TOURNAMENT | TUCKERS 9, ROYALS 5

It was good for Mattituck to see its usual cast of characters like Chris Dwyer, Marcos Perivolaris and Ian Nish do good things in the high school baseball team’s playoff opener on Wednesday. Perhaps just as gratifying, however, for coach Steve DeCaro were the contributions made by supporting cast members such as Jon Dwyer and Victor Proferes.

All of them played roles in steering the top-seeded Tuckers to a 9-5 defeat of No. 4 Port Jefferson in Game 1 of the Suffolk County Class B semifinals at Mattituck High School. The series will go to Port Jefferson for Game 2 on Friday. A third game, if needed, would be played Saturday in Mattituck. (more…)

05/20/15 8:16pm
Southold players rushed onto the field after Liam Walker's two-out single brought in the winning run in the eighth inning. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Southold players rushed onto the field after Liam Walker’s two-out single brought in the winning run in the eighth inning. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS C FINALS, GAME 1 | FIRST SETTLERS 5, WHALERS 4 (8 INNINGS)

ESPN would not have hesitated to label it an instant classic.

Southold twice battled back to tie the score before triumphing, 5-4, over Pierson/Bridgehampton on Liam Walker’s two-out, two-strike walkoff single in the bottom of the eighth inning in the opening game of the Suffolk County Class C baseball finals on Wednesday. (more…)

05/20/15 12:00pm
Jack Dufton set a Mattituck High School record in the 800 meters and has set his sights on the school's pentathlon record. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Jack Dufton set a Mattituck High School record in the 800 meters and has set his sights on the school’s pentathlon record. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

After he flew through the first 400 meters of the 800-meter race in 57 seconds, one had to wonder, could this be the day? Could this be the day that Jack Dufton does it?

Dufton himself said he had gone into the race “feeling slow.” If the Mattituck High School junior was going to have a record-setting day, May 12 didn’t seem like it would be the day.

But Dufton said about 200 meters into the race, all of his reservations blew away like the wind off his shoulders and he started feeling good. As he rounded the final turn, a school record was on the line. (more…)

05/15/15 8:14pm
Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Katie Hoeg, guarded by Babylon's Megan Nerney, had three goals and two assists in the Tuckers' first ever playoff win. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Katie Hoeg, guarded by Babylon’s Megan Nerney, had three goals and two assists in the Tuckers’ first ever playoff win. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS C TOURNAMENT | TUCKERS 8, PANTHERS 7

A lacrosse ball isn’t filled with air, but the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school girls team somehow found a way to take the air out of it, nonetheless.

Leading by a goal, the Tuckers returned to the field following a timeout with 2 minutes 45 seconds left and a strategy in mind: a modified version of stall ball. Coach Matt Maloney said his players were told during the timeout to be smart with the ball and move it around the offensive end of the field. He said he didn’t want them to play so tight that they would pass up opportunities.

Chelsea Marlborough took a shot that was saved by Babylon goalkeeper Maddie Peplinski, but Riley Hoeg then came up with a huge ground ball so the Tuckers could retain possession. Another shot by Marlborough was saved, but Babylon never gained possession during that last stretch of the game.

The only other notable activity during that final 2:45 was a hard collision between two Babylon players, Shannon Hartigan and Megan Nerney, while they raced for a ball. Other than that, it was just the Tuckers playing a game of keep-away, running down the scoreboard clock until it read 0:00, and the Tuckers had survived. Their first home playoff game on Friday became the first playoff win in their six-year varsity history, 8-7, and they rushed to celebrate with their eighth-grade goalie, Claudia Hoeg. (more…)

05/14/15 7:41pm
Mattituck's only team point came from Andrew Young, a 4-6, 7-6 (11-9), 10-4 winner over Half Hollow Hills East's Sandy Greenberg. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Mattituck’s only team point came from Andrew Young, a 4-6, 7-6 (11-9), 10-4 winner over Half Hollow Hills East’s Sandy Greenberg at third singles. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

SUFFOLK COUNTY TEAM TOURNAMENT | THUNDERBIRDS 6, TUCKERS 1

Like Mount Olympus, the upper three tennis courts at Half Hollow Hills East High School in Dix Hills sit on an elevated plot of land, with greenery and trees bounding two sides and birds of all types gliding from one tree to another. It may be the most scenic setting in Suffolk County high school boys tennis. Serene. Peaceful. Lovely.

It is not the home of tennis gods, although the Thunderbirds may seem like such to opponents. (more…)