04/30/13 7:09pm
04/30/2013 7:09 PM
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Southold/Greenport catcher Wendy Peterson caught a throw from third baseman Alexandra Small for a forceout at home plate of Center Moriches' Cheyenne Raimondi.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Southold/Greenport catcher Wendy Peterson caught a throw from third baseman Alexandra Small for a forceout at home plate of Center Moriches’ Cheyenne Raimondi.


Not much explanation is needed for the Center Moriches softball team’s nine-game winning streak. As the team’s coach, Rich Roberts, himself pointed out, talent wins.

And, oh boy, do the Red Devils have talent. They have strong pitching. They have sound defense. They have productive bats. And, to top it off, they have the focus and desire that they hope will bring them back-to-back league championships and a fourth straight appearance in a county final.

“When we’re clicking, we’re a very good team,” said Roberts.

On Tuesday, Southold/Greenport senior Courtney O’Sullivan was in the unenviable position of being the opposing pitcher at Center Moriches High School. Facing the fearsome Center Moriches lineup sounds daunting. Was O’Sullivan intimidated?

“Not really,” she said. “For me it’s more fun because it’s like I’m playing with my own friends. I’m playing with my own team.”

In a sense, she was. O’Sullivan and another Southold/Greenport player, Kim Bracken, know the Center Moriches players well enough. They both played for Roberts’ summer league team.

That also means they knew only too well what they were up against in Tuesday’s League VII/League VIII crossover game. And so did their coach, Lori Marra.

“They’re a strong team,” Marra said. “They’ve been a strong team for a long time. They have great coaching and all that. I wasn’t surprised. I kind of come here expecting them to be tough.”

She was right on the mark.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Southold/Greenport shortstop Caitlin Grilli was the picture of focus while fielding this ground ball.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Southold/Greenport shortstop Caitlin Grilli was the picture of focus while fielding this ground ball.

Center Moriches’ talent shined once again. The Red Devils rang up eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, putting an early end to their game against Southold/Greenport. With Center Moriches’ eighth hit of the inning and 17th hit of the game, Ally Marchese looped a run-scoring single over the second baseman, Bracken, for a 14-2 score, satisfying the 12-run mercy rule and ending the game, a one-hitter for Erin Creen.

Roberts said he has co-No. 1 pitchers in Kiley Nolan and Creen, who suffered a concussion earlier in the year.

Creen posted nine strikeouts and issued three walks. The only hit Southold/Greenport managed off the sophomore right-hander was Bracken’s single to right field to lead off the fourth inning.

“She did a good job,” Roberts said. “She attacked the strike zone.”

Through three innings, Southold/Greenport was trailing by 6-0 before showing some signs of offensive life in the fourth. The Clippers put up two runs that inning, pulling themselves back into the game.

It started with Bracken’s hit. She advanced two bases on the same play because Center Moriches threw the ball around for a pair of errors. Then Jessica Rizzo reached base on a fielder’s choice. She hit the ball back to Creen, who stared down Bracken at third and didn’t throw to any base. Bracken then scored on a double steal. Two walks and an out later, a groundout by Willow Sutton brought in the second run.

It made things interesting, but not for long.

In the fifth, Center Moriches did what good teams do: It blew the game open.

“Like I told the girls before the game, every game is separate and you respect your opponent,” Roberts said. “Southold made some plays when we hit balls hard and they kept themselves in the game. They gave themselves an opportunity. Luckily for us, we hit some balls hard the next inning and we broke it open.”

By the time it was over, Cheyenne Raimondi, Cierra Smith and Caroline Casey all went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs apiece for Center Moriches (11-1, 10-1 League VII), which began the day tied with Shoreham-Wading River for first place. Alexa Andersen, Emily Pettit and Marchese also finished with two runs batted in each.

The Clippers dropped to 2-7 overall and in League VIII, but Marra said there have been encouraging signs.

“I think they’re really learning how to play together,” she said. “Last year, obviously, we were all getting used to each other, but now they’re so much more comfortable on the field. They’re definitely hitting better. They’re executing the plays much better, and they don’t look scared. They have a lot more confidence.”

Bracken said: “Compared to the last couple of years, I think we’re really coming along. We’re improving every single game. We’re becoming more mentally tough every single time we face a hard team like this, and I’m proud of my team for sticking in there. There were a couple of errors in the outfield and infield that could have been prevented, but the more we see that, the more we can improve.”

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04/30/13 5:23pm

Linda Pisacano of Riverhead died April 16. She was 55 years old.

She was born Nov. 21, 1957, in Huntington to Gasper and Adeline Pisacano.

Formerly a Southold resident, she was a bookkeeper at Capital One for twenty years and most recently served in hospitality for Roanoke Vineyards. She was a member of Community Christian Fellowship.

Ms. Pisacano is survived by her son, Christopher, and her father, both of Riverhead; three brothers, Stephen, of Cutchogue, Richard, of Sagaponack and Michael, of Jamesport; and a sister, Maria Pisacano Bassemir of Aquebogue. She was predeceased by her mother in 2002.

The family received visitors April 19 and 20 at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck. Services were conducted by Dan Reiter of Community Christian Fellowship. Interment was at Cutchogue Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Community Christian Fellowship, P.O. Box 612, Wickham Ave., Mattituck, NY 11952.

04/30/13 4:10pm

Kathryn S. Hildreth, of Westwood, Mass., died April 20 at her home in Fox Hill Village. She was 103.

Born Oct. 31, 1909, to Dr. Clarence Hawthorne and Ruth (Clarke) Staples, she was raised in Malden, Mass., attended local schools and spent one year at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., before graduating from Wellesley College in 1931.

After graduation she taught high school English and Latin, where she met and married Pierson R. Hildreth. The couple moved to Amityville, where she was active as a substitute teacher and served as an executive with the Girl Scout Council. They later moved to Southold, where Ms. Hildreth rowed every day and sailed with her husband on Long Island Sound. The couple also traveled throughout the world together until Mr. Hildreth’s death in 1983. Ms. Hildreth continued traveling into her early 90s.

A devoted alumna of Wellesley College, she spoke at fundraisers and attended reunions, including her 75th. According to family she enjoyed the Boston Symphony, Red Sox games, reading, playing bridge and spending time with family. In 2012 she was awarded the Boston Post Cane by the town of Westwood as its oldest resident.

Ms. Hildreth was predeceased by her brother, Dr. Clarke Staples, and her sister, Janet Staples Miles. She is survived by three generations of beloved nieces and nephews, many of whom celebrated her 100th birthday with her.

Services will be held Monday, May 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Dedham, Mass., where Ms. Hildreth was a member.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 59 Court St., Dedham, MA 02026 or Wellesley College, Office of Resources, 106 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02481.

04/30/13 4:00pm

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Bishop McGann-Mercy senior Danielle Gehring has signed to play basketball for Chestnut Hill College (Penn.).

COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Gehring signs with D-II school Bishop McGann-Mercy senior Danielle Gehring signed a letter of intent to play for Chestnut Hill College, a Division II Catholic college in Germantown, Penn.

Gehring did not play basketball for McGann-Mercy her senior season. She instead opted to spend the season working out with the boys’ varsity team. She also took part in clinics, worked with basketball, speed and agility trainers and former professional players.

Gehring was McGann-Mercy’s most valuable player her junior season, averaging 12 points, 5 assists, 5 blocks and 3 3-pointers per game. She was an all-league selection.

Gehring and her younger sister, Caroline, will travel to Austria and Germany in June to represent the United States in an international basketball tournament. Her two older sisters play basketball for DeSales University, a Division III school that is a 45-minute drive away from Chestnut Hill.

Gehring said, “I visited Chestnut Hill and fell in love with the school.”

COLLEGE WOMEN’S GOLF: Accolades for Santacroce Marie Santacroce of Mattituck, a sophomore at Flagler College (Fla.), was recently named to the All-Peach Belt Conference First Team. Santacroce finished in fourth place in the conference and led Flagler in tournament scoring average this year. She was also named Flagler’s most valuable player. Santacroce ended the season with eight top-10 finishes, three top-five finishes and one first-place finish during season.

COLLEGE MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD: Clancy sets personal records SUNY/Oneonta sophomore Michael Clancy of Shoreham recorded two personal-best marks recently in the discus and hammer throw at the Upstate Track Classic. He took third place in the discus with a toss of 136 feet and fourth in the hammer throw with a distance of 150-2.

COLLEGE WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD: Two firsts for Riley UConn freshman Melodee Riley of Jamesport had a big weekend for the Huskies in an invitational meet at Brown University in Rhode Island. Riley took first place in both the long jump (5.41 meters) and the triple jump (11.90).

COLLEGE WOMEN’S ROWING: Orient rower helps league champions For the third time in as many seasons, William Smith College captured the Liberty League championship with a dominating performance on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs. Libby Hughes of Orient competed on the varsity eight team that defeated St. Lawrence, RIT, Skidmore and Union for the title. In calm, flat conditions, William Smith’s varsity eight, ranked third in this week’s CRCA/USRowing poll, defended its league title with a 2,000-meter time of 6 minutes 44.0 seconds. It is the sixth overall league championship for the Herons.

For the third time this spring and the seventh time this year, the William Smith varsity eight was named the Liberty League Women’s Rowing Boat of the Week by the conference office.

BASEBALL: MLB pitch, hit, run competition A free Major League Baseball pitch, hit and run competition for area youths will be held May 11 at 4 p.m. at Tasker Park in Peconic. Boys and girls in four age divisions (7/8, 9/10, 11/12 and 13/14) will have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including team championships at major league stadiums and the national finals at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. The individual pitching, hitting and running champions, along with the all-around champions in each age and gender group at the local competition, will be awarded and advance to the sectional level of competition. All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have a parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. For more information, call Brian Hansen at (631) 553-3940.

RUNNING: 5K for moms The For Our Moms 5K will be run on May 11 in Cutchogue. A fun run for kids will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 5K run/walk at 8:45 a.m. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. The pre-registration cost is $25. Day-of-the-race registration costs $30. The fun run fee is $10. To register, go to www.active.com. For more information, call (631) 680-9223. All proceeds from the event will benefit Danielle Fogarty’s Campaign for the Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

04/30/13 3:49pm

Frances K. Demarest of Orient died Nov. 17, 2012. She was 89.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, May 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport. A graveside service will take place Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m. at Orient Central Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Orient Congregational Church, P.O. Box 425, Orient, NY 11957 or the Orient Fire Department, P.O. Box 130, Orient, NY 11957.

04/30/13 2:12pm

Michael F. Rogers, a lifelong Southold resident, died on April 25, 2013. He was 59 years old.

Born in Riverhead on Dec., 8, 1953, to Frank B. Rogers Jr. and Helen A. Zimnoski, he was a graduate of Southold High School.

On Nov. 21, 1998, he married the former Debbie Day and together they made their home in Southold. Michael was a direct care coordinator for East End Disability.

Michael enjoyed sports, especially the Mets and the Dallas Cowboys. He played high school soccer and had played softball for the Southold Town softball team. He coached his own children in sports and enjoyed playing darts and a game of pool with his son, Michael.

He was a great father, husband and friend, with a wonderful sense of humor, said family members.

Surviving are his wife, Debbie; two children, Michael S. Rogers and Elizabeth A. Rogers; two stepdaughters, Kimberly and Michelle Swiskey; two grandchildren, Madeleine G. Rogers and Layne P. Swiskey; his mother, Helen Rogers; and his sister Joan A. Powell. He was predeceased by his father, Frank B. Rogers Jr., and a sister, Susan A. Rogers.

The family received friends April 29 at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Homes, where prayer services were conducted by Father Thomas P. Murray. Interment was at Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice.

This is a paid notice.

04/30/13 1:37pm

Richard Sullivan, a lifelong New Suffolk resident, died April 25 at his home. He was 80.

He was born Dec. 11, 1932. An “intensely private person,” he will be remembered as a kind and considerate man who cared more for the welfare of other people than for himself,  according to friends and family. He will be deeply mourned, they said.

Mr. Sullivan is survived by his partner of 49 years, Anthony Matson, and his sister, Beatrice.

Cremation was private. Arrangements were handled by Costner-Heppner Funeral Home in Cutchogue.

Memorial donations may be made to a local animal shelter.

04/30/13 1:00pm

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Tulips line the property at Van de Wetering Greenhouses on Sound Avenue in Jamesport.

Van de Wetering Greenhouses, a longtime producer of tulips that line Park Avenue, was recently featured in the New York Times. Peter Van de Wetering, 82, opened the North Fork nursery in 1958, and soon after won a commission to plant 10,000 daffodils at United Nations Plaza, according to the Times article.

Mr. Van de Wetering’s son, Anton, now runs most of the day-to-day operation of the business.

Click here to read the full article — A Gardner’s Stage: Park Avenue.

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Tulips outside Van de Wetering Greenhouses in Jamesport Tuesday afternoon.

04/30/13 11:58am

Ronald J. Edeen of East Marion died April 27. He was 84 years old.

The family will receive visitors Wednesday, May 1, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport. A service will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 2, at Advent Lutheran Church in Mattituck. Interment with military honors will follow at East Marion Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Advent Lutheran Church, 200 Legion Ave., Mattituck, NY 11952 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Suffolk Times.

04/30/13 10:00am

The Village planning board reviewed an application for Greenport’s first psychic shop during last Thursday’s work session.

Applicant Pamela Reed said the storefront, located at 316 Front Street, would sell crystals, candles and other new age items in addition to offering palm and tarot card readings.

Since she was 7 years old Ms. Reed has been a practicing clairvoyant psychic, saying she has the ability to gain information about a person through a sixth sense. Ms. Reed owns two shops in Queens, where she currently resides, and is looking forward to opening in Greenport.

“I fell in love with the village the first time I visited 11 years ago,” she said. Now that her children are grown, Ms. Reed is moving to the East End. “I feel such a warm, positive energy in Greenport,” she said. “Everyone is so welcoming.”

The store’s grand opening is planned for early May, she said.

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