Baseball is ingrained in Luke Hansen’s family history. In addition to the sport being an important part of his past and present, he wants it in his future.
Hansen has high aspirations. He would like to play professional baseball one day. “That’s my end goal,” he said. READ
WESTERN UNION TELEGRAM
April 27, 1955
To: Thomas O’Brien
Connecticut State Teacher’s College, New Britain, Connecticut
To some, the Knights may have represented the best days of their lives.
The mere mention of that old baseball team known as the East End Knights — some called them the Mattituck Knights — is liable to bring a smile to the face of a former player.
The Riverhead Little League all-star team improved to 4-0 in pool play of the District 36 Tournament after a 10-0 win Thursday night against the North Fork all-stars at Stotzky Park in Riverhead. READ
Call them summer rentals.
That is essentially what the players in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League are. Colleges entrust their players to the care of the HCBL clubs for the purpose of training and development. The Riverhead Tomcats’ new manager, Mike Amendola, had an apropos analogy. “Number one is sending them back healthy,” he said, “and the line I keep using is you’re driving somebody else’s Ferrari, so you got to make sure you treat it as such.”
One of those “Ferraris” was humming today.
Heading into the New York State Class B semifinal in Binghamton, the Mattituck baseball team knew it was in for a long evening at the plate against standout Livonia High School pitcher Reid VanScoter.
What the Tuckers would learn Friday is that the rest of the Livonia squad is pretty darn good, too. READ
Faced with the prospect of being victimized by a no-no, Mattituck turned the tables rather suddenly, first saying no no-hitter for Rondout Valley, and then no state semifinals for the Ganders.
Instead, it will be Mattituck heading to the state Class B semifinals for the second time in three years. Just how the Tuckers managed to do it is a testament to how crazy baseball can be sometimes.
Baseball superstition demands that no player speak of a no-hitter as it’s in progress, specifically to the pitcher hurling the spotless performance. READ
Southold has a batting order you can count on — like 1, 2, 3.
That would be as in the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 batters at the top of its order. They made Southold’s ascension to the Long Island Class C baseball championship Thursday look as simple as 1, 2, 3.
Pat McFarland, Luke Hansen and Shane Zimmer combined for 10 RBIs and seven hits as Southold romped, 13-5, over East Rockaway.
Some losses linger longer than others.
The Southold High School baseball team has had a year to cringe over the taste of defeat it was left with following its 3-0 loss to East Rockaway last spring in a Southeast Region Class C semifinal.