Articles by

Joe Werkmeister

07/16/14 10:00am
Sarah Sinning helped lead Team U.S.A. to a silver medal last week in France. (Credit: worldinlinehockey.org)

Sarah Sinning helped lead Team U.S.A. to a silver medal last week in France. (Credit: worldinlinehockey.org)

Sarah Sinning of Peconic helped guide Team USA to a silver medal at the Junior Women’s World Championships, a weeklong roller hockey tournament in Toulouse, France. The tournament concluded July 13 with Spain defeating the U.S., 4-2.  (more…)

07/09/14 7:00pm
Riverhead Tomcats outfielder Andrew Plunkett slides into third as North Fork Osprey Penn Murfee tries to apply the tag. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead Tomcats outfielder Andrew Plunkett slides into third as North Fork Osprey Penn Murfee tries to apply the tag. (Credit: Bill Landon)

The “Oh, wow” moment happens every year.

Around the middle of June, when the high school sports season winds down, I shift gears toward the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League to help fill the sports pages along with high school summer leagues, features and columns. Inevitably, when I head down to the field for the first time each summer, I know I’m about to watch college players, several of whom come from big-time programs. (more…)

07/08/14 9:50pm
Stephen Woods, a Half Hollow Hills East graduate, struck out eight batters in four innings Tuesday against Riverhead. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Stephen Woods, a Half Hollow Hills East graduate, struck out eight batters in four innings Tuesday against Riverhead. (Credit: Bill Landon)

For one of the top pitching prospects out of Long Island in recent years, Stephen Woods’ career on the mound has been remarkably brief.

It wasn’t until his junior year at Half Hollow Hills East High School that Woods turned to pitching full-time as a baseball player. He had been a third baseman and outfielder, winning a gold glove award at third as a sophomore and earning all-league honors.  (more…)

07/07/14 10:00am
Nick Ahmed, who played for the University of Connecticut when he was a member of the Westhampton Aviators in 2009, was the first Hamptons League player to reach the big leagues. (Credit: Steve Slade/UConn Athletics)

Nick Ahmed, who played for the University of Connecticut when he was a member of the Westhampton Aviators in 2009, was the first Hamptons League player to reach the big leagues. (Credit: Steve Slade/UConn Athletics)

Brett Mauser had hoped the milestone moment would have come late last summer when Major League Baseball rosters expanded and clubs began calling up players from their farm system. Alas, it never happened.

As the 2014 MLB season unfolded, it quickly became apparent that the race was on. The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, now in its seventh year, was on the verge of seeing its first former player called up to the majors.  (more…)

07/03/14 10:34pm
Shoreham-Wading River senior Jonah Caldwell blocks the shot of Mattituck's Josh Conklin Thursday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Jonah Caldwell blocks the shot of Mattituck’s Josh Conklin Thursday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Over the sound of a bouncing basketball, squeaking sneakers and the occasional claps from the dozen or so fans in attendance, one voice echoed throughout the gym at Shoreham-Wading River High School late Thursday night.  (more…)

07/01/14 5:00pm
NBA guard Nate Robinson poses for a picture during Tuesday's camp at McGann-Mercy High School. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

NBA guard Nate Robinson poses for a picture during Tuesday’s camp at McGann-Mercy High School. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Among the jerseys on display Tuesday at McGann-Mercy High School were the mainstays of the NBA: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony. Some of the kids went old-school, wearing the likes of John Stockton’s Utah Jazz jersey and Glen Rice’s Charlotte Hornets jersey.

One boy wore the jersey representing the man of the hour: Nate Robinson.  (more…)

07/01/14 12:31am
Ospreys center fielder Kyle Adie had a 5 RBI night against Riverhead Monday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Ospreys center fielder Kyle Adie had a 5 RBI night against Riverhead Monday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

OSPREYS 13, TOMCATS 12

Luke Stampfl has a knack for timely hits against Riverhead.

Stampfl singled up the middle in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday night to drive in two runs, rallying the North Fork Ospreys to a come-from-behind victory over the Riverhead Tomcats in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. (more…)

06/30/14 8:06pm
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North Fork third baseman Penn Murfee was taken to ELIH Monday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

UPDATE: North Fork Ospreys manager Bill Ianniciello said Penn Murfee was released from Eastern Long Island Hospital and back with his host family Monday night and appeared to be OK.

Ianniciello said Murfee, who had come back from a long road trip, appeared to be dealing with some dehydration.

Original Story: A North Fork Ospreys player was taken to a local hospital Monday evening after he felt his heart racing and faintish during a Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League game at Cochran Park in Peconic.

In the bottom of the first inning at around 7:20 p.m. against the Riverhead Tomcats, North Fork third baseman Penn Murfee hit a double to right field and started to feel faintish and his heart racing when he got to second base, a team official said.

Murfee, who’s from Nashville, Tenn. and attends school at Vanderbilt University, was then taken out of the game and laid behind the dugout.

Southold Town police and Southold fire department officials responded to the scene. Murfee was taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital for evaluation.

The game was delayed for about 15 minutes while he was being treated and is currently underway. The Tomcats led 6-0 when the game was delayed.

joew@timesreview.com