07/15/15 12:00pm
Peter Papcun, who leads the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League with five home runs, will represent North Fork in the league's first Home Run Derby. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)

Peter Papcun, who leads the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League with five home runs, will represent North Fork in the league’s first Home Run Derby. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)

Home run. Round-trippper. Bomb. Tater. Dinger. Moon shot. Four-bagger.

There are plenty of words that refer to the home run. In fact, depressedfan.com posted what it refers to as a “be all, and end all” list of 45 alternative names for the home run.

Who doesn’t love the long ball? The home run has a mystique. The process of a player batting a ball over a fence generates excitement and makes for baseball’s sexiest statistic. (more…)

07/14/15 5:00pm
Darrius Strickland, a junior guard, is one of Greenport's biggest talents. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Darrius Strickland, a junior guard, is one of Greenport’s biggest talents. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Better days are ahead for the Greenport High School boys basketball team. Evidence of that can be seen in a number of places. It can be seen in school gyms throughout Suffolk County. It can be seen on playground courts in the Greenport area. And it can be heard in Ev Corwin’s voice.

At times during the trials and tribulations of last season, Corwin, the Greenport coach, spoke excitedly about the next generation of Porters coming up through the system. A fresh infusion of welcomed young talent will make its way onto the varsity Porters.  (more…)

07/14/15 12:18am

OSPREYS 18, BREAKERS 9

Before the North Fork Ospreys took batting practice on Monday, their general manager, Jeff Standish, dropped off a fresh new batch of baseball bats for his players. One of those players, Ryan Mahoney, examining one of the bats closely, offered his opinion that there were hits in those bats.

How right he was.

Later that evening, those bats helped the Ospreys churn out 18 runs and 21 hits — both season-high totals — for an 18-9 pounding of the Southampton Breakers at Jean W. Cochran Park in Peconic. Not a bad way to head into the three-day all-star break. The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game will be played Wednesday night at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank.  (more…)

07/13/15 3:36pm

Despite not being a fan of a wake-up alarm going off at 4:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning (or any morning, for that matter), I really didn’t mind too much this past Sunday.

The assignment necessitating the really early start was the Mighty North Fork Sprint Triathlon, which is neat to cover because it is so different from most of the other sports we chronicle on these pages. So, in order to be at Cedar Beach County Park in Southold well in time for the 6:50 a.m. start, it meant being on the road by 5:30 a.m., with pens, notebook and a digital recorder in hand, ready to hunt for an interesting story.  (more…)

07/13/15 11:25am

RIVERHEAD RACEWAY ROUNDUP

A tranquil summer night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing turned heated at the end of a 35-lap NASCAR Modified feature event Saturday at Riverhead Raceway when a late-race pass by Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., was called back for being below the line, enabling John Fortin of Holtsville to take home the win. The postrace debate on the ruling lasted hours after the final checker flag waved.  (more…)

07/12/15 11:25am
Billy Holl of Bayport, in only his second year in the sport, won the 17th annual Mighty North Fork Sprint Triathlon on Sunday morning at Cedar Beach in Southold. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Billy Holl of Bayport, in only his second year in the sport, won the 17th annual Mighty North Fork Sprint Triathlon on Sunday morning at Cedar Beach in Southold. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

A large orange sphere slowly rose over the eastern horizon. It looked more like an alien planet in a science fiction movie than the sun.

That was the scene many of the athletes and spectators were treated to prior to the start of the 17th annual Mighty North Fork Sprint Triathlon early Sunday morning.

It was quite a sight to behold.

Of course, once the race started at 6:50 a.m. at Cedar Beach in Southold, the participants had other things on their minds, like finishing in the fastest time possible. (more…)

07/10/15 8:00pm
Southold's Aidan Walker goes up for a shot while being guarded by Shoreham-Wading River's Kieran Qualley. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Southold’s Aidan Walker goes up for a shot while being guarded by Shoreham-Wading River’s Kieran Qualley. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

The Southold High School boys basketball team might as well be standing in front of a mirror, looking at itself and asking, “Who am I?”

Life after Liam — as in the graduated Liam Walker — represents a big change for the First Settlers. They are in search of their new identity, and that’s not something that will happen overnight. It’s going to take time.  (more…)

07/09/15 10:54am
Nick Heath, the sole remaining player from North Fork's 2013 championship team, making a lunging catch of a fly ball hit by Sag Harbor's James Clements last Thursday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Nick Heath, the sole remaining player from North Fork’s 2013 championship team, making a lunging catch of a fly ball hit by Sag Harbor’s James Clements last Thursday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

To help themselves in the near future, the North Fork Ospreys dug into their past.

What they found is a baseball player who, without question, can help them. For one thing, he has done so before.

Nick Heath was a member of the Ospreys’ 2013 Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League championship team. He is now the sole remaining player from that title-winning squad.  (more…)