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.
The Mattituck baseball team hadn’t lost consecutive games all season, let alone back-to-back days. And they had lost only twice against a pitcher not named Liam Pulsipher dating back to mid-April. READ
When the opposing starting pitcher is the son of a former Major League Baseball player, there’s a good chance it could be a long afternoon for the batters. Or quick, that is. READ
Even before the first pitch was thrown this season, it was known that the Southold High School baseball team was armed and dangerous with a formidable pitching staff. What wasn’t as certain, but soon became obvious, was that those arms came with bats. They go hand in hand.
The last undefeated high school baseball team in Suffolk County is no longer undefeated.
Southold’s season-long run of 21 straight wins was snapped by Pierson/Bridgehampton on Tuesday, leveling the Suffolk Class C finals at a game apiece.