A pitcher is more than just an arm. After all, he has a glove for a reason.
Austin Smith is fully aware of that. He put both his pitching arm and glove to good use Sunday night, helping the North Fork Ospreys to a 3-1 defeat of the Westhampton Aviators in a Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League game cut short by lightning. The game was stopped one out into the bottom of the eighth inning when the home-plate umpire ordered both teams into their dugouts at Jean W. Cochran Park in Peconic after a lightning strike. Moments later, the game was called. READ
Photos were snapped Friday evening at the 23rd Empire Challenge senior all-star football game. Not all of them, however, were focused on the action on the field at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium. READ
Height is nice, but it isn’t everything.
Tyrese Clayborne may know that better than just about anyone. Though short in stature, Clayborne brings a great deal of heart and desire — not to mention talent — with him onto the baseball diamond. That counts for a lot. READ
Colorful fireworks lit up the night sky at the Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival. Not too far down the road, the North Fork Ospreys produced fireworks of their own Saturday night.
It could be a sign that the Ospreys are turning things around offensively. Or maybe it’s just a case that they simply love playing against the Riverhead Tomcats. READ
Mattituck High School never had two boys share its Athlete of the Year award from The Suffolk Times until last year when James Hoeg and Tanner Zagarino were named co-winners in recognition of becoming the school’s first two state champion wrestlers. READ
One could say that Mattituck High School’s blue and gold colors are in Liz Dwyer’s blood. There will be no need to change those colors when she moves off to college in a couple of months.
Dwyer has committed to Southern New Hampshire University, which shares the same colors as Mattituck. The senior had originally intended to play only tennis for the NCAA Division II school, but said she reconsidered and wants to play both tennis and basketball for the Penmen. READ
Allowing one goal in a New York State girls lacrosse final was unheard of — until Saturday, that is.
Clichés carry a lot of truth. That’s how they become clichés. What Mattituck/Southold achieved this past weekend is further evidence that defense does indeed win championships.
Make that an awful good defense. READ
It’s hard for a baseball team to win when it’s not hitting. The North Fork Ospreys finally did something about that Monday.
After going winless through their first seven games of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League season, Game No. 8 was a welcomed hit for the Ospreys. READ
First they survived, and then they thrived.
That was the interesting path Mattituck/Southold took to its first high school girls lacrosse state championship. READ
Baseball isn’t the only sport that features scoreboard watching. Scoreboard watching is a habit at the New York State track and field championships, too.
After the Mattituck girls 4 x 100-meter relay team completed its heat Friday afternoon, the four Tuckers and coach Chris Robinson all converged on the track infield and stared at the large scoreboard at Cicero North Syracuse High School’s Michael J. Bragman Athletic Complex as results from the two Division II heats were flashed on the big board.
They stared in dead silence. READ