10/26/13 5:57pm
10/26/2013 5:57 PM
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Bayport-Blue Point's Matthew McKinnon, left, and Martin Naro met Greenport/Southold/Mattituck's Joe O'Brien in a violent collision.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Bayport-Blue Point’s Matthew McKinnon, left, and Martin Naro met Greenport/Southold/Mattituck’s Joe O’Brien in a violent collision.

PHANTOMS 24, PORTERS 0

A football team’s fortunes can turn just like that. From losing streak to winning streak, back to losing streak.

Greenport/Southold/Mattituck knows only too well. After taking a 13-game losing streak into the season, the Porters won their first five games. They have lost back-to-back games since then.

The latest of those came on Saturday when Bayport-Blue Point’s defense clamped down on the visiting Porters for a 24-0 shutout at Bob Sullivan Field. Matthew McKinnon, a senior, scored 18 of the points from a touchdown reception, a touchdown run (on a 50-yard run off a fake punt), a field goal and three extra points for the Phantoms (5-2 Suffolk County Division IV).

The Porters (5-2), slowed by three turnovers, were held to only 30 rushing yards and 119 yards in offense.

Injuries are a big factor in football, and so they were for the Porters. Porters defensive end Jared Schenone exited the game in the first quarter with what appeared to be a foot injury. One of the team’s first-string linemen, Codey Fisher, watched the game from the sideline in street clothes with a banged knee.

A 67-yard run by George Ringer (14 carries, 111 yards) on the game’s second play from scrimmage set up the first touchdown. Ka’Sean Watlington spun into the end zone from five yards out two plays later for an early Bayport-Blue Point lead.

McKinnon’s 22-yard field goal early in the second half made it 10-0.

The Phantoms scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half. Brendan Bateman hooked up with McKinnon for a 14-yard touchdown pass, but it was the next touchdown that had to be especially painful for the Porters. On fourth-and-five from the 50, the Phantoms lined up for a punt. McKinnon received the snap, held the ball for a moment and then dashed untouched down the right side all the way to the end zone. The Porters were fooled badly.

The teams evidently shared some ill will toward each other as tempers flared from time to time. One of the Porters, Will Tondo, was ejected from the game with 8 minutes 15 seconds left to play for throwing a punch.

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05/15/13 6:02pm
05/15/2013 6:02 PM
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck first doubles player Kevin Schwartz returning a shot during the Tuckers' first-round playoff loss to Bayport-Blue Point.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck first doubles player Kevin Schwartz returning a shot during the Tuckers’ first-round playoff loss to Bayport-Blue Point.

SUFFOLK COUNTY TEAM TOURNAMENT, FIRST ROUND | PHANTOMS 4, TUCKERS 3

Perhaps Garrett Malave was biding his time, just waiting for the right moment to take charge of the tennis match. Perhaps he was simply adjusting to the sporadic wind, which sometimes played tricks with the ball.

Through the first four games of the first singles match, the Mattituck freshman traded points with Bayport-Blue Point senior Jeremy Morgenbesser. A double fault on game point by Morgenbesser allowed Malave to tie the score at two games apiece.

And then Malave made his move.

Malave finished the next game with a pair of blistering service aces and then won six of the next seven games after that. He raised the level of his play demonstrably and turned the tables in dramatic fashion. He seemed to exude confidence and enjoy playing as he put away thunderous winners with a flourish.

“Garrett has a tendency to do that,” Mattituck coach Mike Huey said. “He doesn’t start off really fast, and he goes for a lot of shots and usually makes a lot of mistakes. Once he gets into his rhythm … then he gets rolling.”

Malave outscored his opponent, 12-3, in the first three games of the second set before Morgenbesser recovered to take the next three games. Malave’s play levelled off a bit, but he still had enough to take the last three games for a 6-3, 6-3 win in 62 minutes. It was an impressive showing, no doubt, but Malave was unable to prevent No. 24 seed Mattituck from losing, 4-3, to ninth-seeded Bayport-Blue Point in the first round of the Suffolk County Team Tournament on Wednesday.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck junior Charles Hickox serving during his first doubles match against Bayport-Blue Point.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck junior Charles Hickox serving during his first doubles match against Bayport-Blue Point.

If there was a sense of déjà vu, it was understandable. It is the second time in three years that the Phantoms have handed Mattituck a first-round loss on their home courts.

Bayport-Blue Point (13-4), the League V runner-up, lived up to its reputation of having strong doubles teams. The Phantoms swept the three doubles contests, but it was also a key point from fourth singles that advances them into a quarterfinal tomorrow against No. 8 Islip (12-3), the League III champion.

Junior Matt Beyer’s 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Mattituck freshman Thomas Chatin at fourth singles was vital for Bayport-Blue Point, which has talent scattered throughout its lineup.

“That’s been the case with us all season,” Bayport-Blue Point coach Keith Scharfschwerdt said. “Our depth has been our strength, and everyone on the team plays at almost an equal level, so it carries us a little bit.”

The three doubles matches were all one-sided, two-set affairs. Perhaps that’s no surprise, considering that Bayport-Blue Point’s first and second doubles teams finished second and fourth, respectively, in the Conference III Tournament.

The first doubles duo of Tyler Grossé and Max Hoffman took care of Charles Hickox and Kevin Schwartz, 6-2, 6-1. Second doubles went to Lucas Jenks and Xavier Stickney, 6-1, 6-1 over James Rabkevich and Dan Salice. Grant Ferrante and Sean Gray posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over Nick Rabkevich and Tyler Rozhen.

With the doubles matches falling in Bayport-Blue Point’s favor, Mattituck (12-2) needed to sweep the four singles contests in order to prevail. The Tuckers came close as Malave, Parker Tuthill (6-2, 6-4 over Cory Zirkel) and Andrew Young (6-3, 6-1 over Jonny Keyes) triumphed.

“We almost did it,” Huey said. “Our top three singles played extremely well, and Thomas, he tried to grind it out, but [Beyer] was a little more steady.”

Playoff matches involve more pressure, with the finality of a season-ending loss, but that didn’t faze Tuthill.

“It’s a little more pressure, but I like playing with pressure,” he said. “It makes me feel better, pumped up.”

Playoffs or not, the hard-hitting Malave was typically aggressive — and successful — in his match. He produced 17 service aces and 10 winners.

“I just enjoyed myself out there. I had fun,” Malave said. “Once I broke through, I felt like I could keep on continuing to push, and it worked out.”

Bayport-Blue Point reached the playoffs for the fifth successive year, a testament to the team’s drive.

“They’re a fun, competitive bunch, and that’s what drives it, the intrasquad competition,” Scharfschwerdt said. “Everyone wants to beat somebody else in practice, and that’s what motivates them.”

Mattituck’s six-match win streak, which began following a loss to William Floyd, was snapped. Regardless, the Tuckers can reflect on a memorable year in which they won a third straight league championship.

“It was a good season,” Tuthill said. “I can’t wait for next year.”

Next year Mattituck will move up from League VIII to League VII, where the competition is stiffer and its young singles players will be tested.

“We’re going into a tougher league,” Malave said, “and that’s going to really challenge us.”

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04/04/13 7:51pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Casey Grathwohl (white jersey) and Bayport-Blue Point's Brian Ward vying for the ball after a face-off.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Casey Grathwohl (white jersey) and Bayport-Blue Point’s Brian Ward vying for the ball after a face-off.

PHANTOMS 15, TUCKERS 5

Ryan Mahoney learned a lot about his Mattituck/Greenport/Southold boys lacrosse team the morning after a recent loss to Islip. The first-year coach arrived at the field at 8:30 a.m. for a 9 a.m. practice, only to find that his players had already been on the field, training on their own for an hour.

That spoke volumes about how the Tuckers feel about losing and their genuine desire to improve.

“This is my first year coaching,” Mahoney said, “but I can tell you already that I’ll never forget that because it shows that my players want to win and they want to get better, and I couldn’t ask for anything more than that as a coach.”

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold began its third varsity season last month by winning its first two games, equaling its win total from 2012. Even the Tuckers’ third straight loss since those two wins, a 15-5 defeat to well-respected Bayport-Blue Point on Thursday, showed signs of progress. Playing such a team in their first two years, the Tuckers might have been boxed in their own half of the field and trounced by a greater margin.

The way the game started at Mattituck High School, it might have appeared headed that way. After Bayport-Blue Point (5-0, 3-0 Suffolk County Division II) won the opening face-off, Ryan Hake dashed down the field and zipped a shot into the goal. It was 1-0 Bayport-Blue Point, and only 18 seconds had elapsed.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Connor Stumpf of Mattituck/Greenport/Southold craddling the ball while Bayport-Blue Point's Austin Belz shadows him.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Connor Stumpf of Mattituck/Greenport/Southold craddling the ball while Bayport-Blue Point’s Austin Belz shadows him.

But the Tuckers (2-3, 0-3) kept their composure and hung with the Phantoms. The score was 2-0 after one quarter and a respectable 5-1 at halftime.

Bayport-Blue Point’s quality came through in the third quarter when it stretched its lead to 10-2.

“They made us pay for the mistakes we made,” Mahoney said. “If we make an errant pass, they’ll come down and put it away. If we mess up on the side, they’ll capitalize on it and score, and that’s what a good team does.”

And Bayport-Blue Point is a good team. The Phantoms, only two years removed from a state final, have played in the past three county finals. They entered Thursday’s action tied with Sayville and Shoreham-Wading River for third place in Division II. The Tuckers knew full well what they were up against.

“I was nervous in school today,” Mattituck/Greenport/Southold attackman Kevin Izzo said. “I’m not going to lie.”

It doesn’t hurt the Phantoms that they also have players like the Ward brothers, Brian and Kevin.

Brian Ward became Bayport-Blue Point’s all-time points leader on Thursday. The senior attackman, who is headed to Ohio State, scored the 273rd point of his career with his goal with 10 minutes 35 seconds left in the game. Brian Ward, who has been on the team since he was an eighth grader, finished the contest with 2 goals and 3 assists.

“Today’s a special day,” Bayport-Blue Point coach Mike Luce said. “That’s good stuff for him.”

Kevin Ward provided Bayport-Blue Point with 4 goals and 1 assist. Multiple goals were also contributed by Austin Belz (2 goals, 4 assists), Hake (3 goals, 1 assist) and Jack White (2 goals). George Ringer and Jake Weinman also scored for the Phantoms.

Luce said he had expected a sharper showing by his team, but he couldn’t fault the effort. “This team gives me heart every single day,” he said.

Bayport-Blue Point won 16 of 23 face-offs and outshot the Tuckers, 44-17. The Phantoms might have had more goals if not for some fine goalkeeping by freshman Alec Durkin, who made 13 saves.

“He’s incredible,” said Izzo.

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold received 2 goals from Izzo. Colin McCoy added a goal and an assist, with Casey Grathwohl and Zach Holmes also finding the net for the Tuckers.

“We’re getting better every day,” Tuckers first-line middie Jack DiGregorio said. “We just got to keep taking steps in the right direction.”

Mahoney said he sees the progress, but he also notices the little things his inexperienced team needs to work on, like picking up ground balls, making crisp passes, not going offsides.

“It’s frustrating when you lose 15-5,” he said. “It’s not fun for us, but there are some positives in there. I mean, there are no moral victories. We lost, 15-5, but we can learn and just move on. That’s all we can do.”

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01/09/13 8:07pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Christian Angelson’s pin in 4 minutes over Bayport-Blue Point’s Dario Magnoli at 152 pounds contributed to Mattituck/Greenport’s 47-25 victory.

TUCKERS 47, PHANTOMS 25

A Mattituck/Greenport wrestler may have been bitten by his opponent, but it was the Tuckers who took a bite out of Bayport-Blue Point in a much-anticipated Suffolk County League VII match on Wednesday.

Lucas Webb’s win by disqualification over Bayport-Blue Point’s Joe Palma at 120 pounds provided a 10-point swing in the Tuckers’ favor, helping them to a 47-25 victory in their own gym.

Palma was leading, 13-5, and seemingly on the way to a win. He was accused, however, of biting Webb during the waning seconds of their match. After the buzzer sounded, ending the contest, both coaches, Rich Reilly of Bayport-Blue Point and Cory Dolson of Mattituck/Greenport, had heated words for the referee. Then, following a delay, the referee walked to the center of the mat and raised Webb’s arm, giving him the win by disqualification.

After the match, Webb, a freshman, showed a reporter two scratch-like marks on his hand by the base of the thumb and the forefinger that he said were the result of the bite.

“I guess he got a little mad,” said Webb.

Asked if he thought Palma had intentionally bit him, Webb said, “I felt it might have been purposely because I felt the bite, but you never know.”

A request to interview Palma was declined by Reilly, who said he would file a protest over the referee’s decision.

“Sometimes a guy’s arms do make their way into a guy’s mouth, and it can be incidental,” Reilly said. “It can be unintentional. Nobody saw it, not even the referee. The referee’s not seeing it, how are we making that call?”

Dolson, however, said he did see it.

“The kid bit him, that’s the bottom line,” the Tuckers coach said. “The teeth marks were deep. … It was a blatant bite.”

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Lucas Webb of Mattituck/Greenport, left, was declared the winner at 120 pounds and Bayport-Blue Point’s Joe Palma was disqualified. Webb said Palma bit him, but was unsure if it was intentional.

At the same time, Dolson said he was glad the Tuckers (8-1, 2-0) won by more than the 10 points the controversial match represented. “You don’t want to win that way, bottom line,” he said. “Lucas lost the match. The kid outwrestled him. He major-decisioned him. The kid earned his [13] points. He should have got them. Unfortunately for that kid, he made a bad decision.”

The fourth bout on the card gave Mattituck/Greenport a 16-6 lead.

“Would it have swayed the match?” Reilly said. “Who knows? They were the fourth match of the night. Anything could happen. It definitely had a momentum swing for us.”

The 120-pound bout was undoubtedly the most talked about contest of the day, but the most exciting was at 132 pounds. Justin Underwood of Bayport-Blue Point was trailing by 4-2 to Ryan Bergen before he scored 2 points on a reversal in the final second of the third period to force overtime. Twenty-five seconds into the extra session, Underwood won on a takedown for a 6-4 decision.

Mattituck/Greenport seniors Tomasz Filipkowski and Chris Baglivi were their dominant selves. Filipkowski, wrestling at 170 pounds, pinned Christian Engel at 4:27. Baglivi pinned Chris Teague at 1:52 of their 195-pound match.

Luke Bokina (99 pounds), Brian Pelan (126) and Christian Angelson (152) also recorded pins for Mattituck/Greenport. Bokina stopped Sean Leahy at 2:32, Pelan pinned Liam Maloney at 3:16, and Angelson finished his struggle against Dario Magnoli at 4:00.

Decisions went Mattituck/Greenport’s way, too. James Hoeg (12-0 over Jake Palma at 113), Bobby Becker (9-1 over Matt Ceglio at 138) and Anthony Howell (4-2 over Mike Sweeney at 160) walked off the mat as winners.

“We went out and we did what we had to do,” said Webb.

Austin Kruger won Bayport-Blue Point’s first points of the day with a pin of T. J. Beebe at 5:38 of their encounter at 106 pounds.

Ryan Hake, who like Underwood was a county champion last season for the Phantoms, showed his quality with a 12-2 decision over Andre Vega at 145 pounds.

Bayport-Blue Point’s other wins came from Jon Campanelli (182), Matt Doty (220) and Paul Dolce (285). Campanelli secured a pin against Sal Loverde at 3:40, Doty scored a 3-0 win over Connor Andersen, and Dolce made a third-period point stand for a 1-0 result against Nick Tesiny.

Mattituck/Greenport was facing a strong team in Bayport-Blue Point (3-2, 1-1), the Suffolk Division II champion for the past three years as well as the defending league champion.

“We did a pretty solid job all the way through the lineup,” Dolson said. “I think it gave them confidence because Bayport, they’ve been a team that we just couldn’t beat. We hadn’t beaten them in a few years, and a lot of these guys on the team hadn’t beaten them. I think winning at least gives them that sense of belief that they could win, and I think that’s important.”

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10/13/12 6:16pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Greenport/Southold/Mattituck/Shelter Island’s Connor Andersen, left, and Jonathan Bakowski laying a hit on Bayport-Blue Point quarterback Brendan Bateman.

PHANTOMS 21, PORTERS 7

Points were hard to come by for the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck/Shelter Island football team on Saturday, and yards were even harder.

Bayport-Blue Point’s defense did not give up any points, surrendered only two pass completions, and allowed the Porters a measly 11 yards from 44 offensive plays as the Phantoms registered a 21-7 win on Bob Sullivan Field. The Porters struggled mightily to move the ball, managing only one first down for the game. They were 1 of 13 on third-down conversions and 0 for 2 on fourth downs.

“Obviously, that was a problem today,” Greenport/Southold/Mattituck/Shelter Island coach Jack Martilotta said. “They came up, filled all the holes real good. There wasn’t a lot of places for us to go. They played quite a defensive game.”

The Phantoms (2-4 Suffolk County Division IV) weren’t lacking for motivation. Not only was it homecoming weekend, but it was also Senior Day, Bayport-Blue Point’s final home game of the regular season and a vital game for the Phantoms’ playoff hopes. In addition to wearing their customary navy blue and gold home uniforms with gold helmets that brought about a resemblance to Notre Dame’s uniform, the Phantoms also wore green socks in honor of their late, legendary coach, Kerry Lawler. Lawler was inducted into the school’s hall of fame earlier in the day.

“The whole community is here,” said Matt McKinnon, who played slot receiver, halfback and cornerback for Bayport-Blue Point. “It’s a big day. Everyone’s having fun.”

Not the Porters (0-6), though. They lost their 11th straight game and almost certainly saw their playoff chances go down the drain.

“It hurts, but we got to keep our heads up,” said Christian Angelson, a wide receiver and cornerback for Greenport/Southold/Mattituck/Shelter Island.

McKinnon was responsible for 15 of Bayport-Blue Point’s points. He scored the team’s last two touchdowns, catching a 48-yard pass from Brendan Bateman in the second quarter and then winding his way 45 yards on a touchdown run, making the score 21-0 with 9 minutes 28 seconds left in the third quarter. The junior also kicked a 21-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.

The Porters gained possessions on four fumble recoveries to keep themselves in the contest. Matt Drinkwater and Eugene Allen collected two fumbles each for the Porters, and Drinkwater ran one of his two back 53 yards for a score 2:01 into the fourth quarter.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | This hit by Greenport/Southold/Mattituck/Shelter Island’s Matt Drinkwater on Bayport-Blue Point’s Anthony Preston forced a fumble.

Bayport-Blue Point scored on its third drive of the game when a defensive back slipped, enabling Jack Flood to run back and catch a pass from Bailey Imbo before racing to the end zone for a 45-yard connection. Flood caught all four passes thrown his way for 70 yards.

Anthony Preston ran for 114 yards on 17 carries for Bayport-Blue Point. McKinnon covered 95 yards on eight runs.

But it was Bayport-Blue Point’s defense that stood out. Anthony Lombardi, one of the team’s 17 seniors, made a game-high 11 tackles, with two sacks and a fumble recovery.

The Porters went three and out on 12 of their 14 possessions, including the first eight. They had a one-play possession that ended with an interception.

“It’s tough,” Martilotta said. “We got to be able to move it and stop it. We didn’t have a lot of luck today moving it.”

Speaking of his defense, Bayport-Blue Point coach Eric Iberger said: “They’ve done a great job all season. What we’ve done, unfortunately, is we’ve turned the ball over on special teams. We’ve given up some special teams touchdowns. We’ve thrown some interceptions that have been returned for touchdowns. We’ve had some costly turnovers inside of four-down territory, shortened the field for the other team.”

Last year Bayport-Blue Point failed to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Iberger said that failure was used as motivation for this year. The Phantoms switched from the wing-T to the spread offense in order to make better use of their athleticism.

With Saturday’s win, fifth-seeded Bayport-Blue Point still controls its destiny. If it wins its remaining games against Mount Sinai and Wyandanch, it would almost surely qualify for the playoffs at 4-4. A 3-5 record would give the Phantoms an outside shot at the postseason.

Asked about his team’s playoff prospects, Iberger said, “I would not put anything past those young men in that locker room.”

McKinnon said, “I think that if we just keep playing hard and we play physical, we’ll definitely make the playoffs.”

Because of its high preseason seeding, Bayport-Blue Point was given a tough schedule that included the top four seeds: Elwood/John Glenn, Mount Sinai, Babylon and Shoreham-Wading River.

Greenport/Southold/Mattituck/Shelter Island’s defense, led by the likes of Jonathan Bakowski (eight tackles), Angelson (seven tackles) and Jack Volinski (six tackles), had its moments, but the Porters’ offense was stagnant.

“Our defense has been stepping up a lot lately, big stops,” Angelson said. “Our offense, it’s a work in progress. I think we’ll get it.”

The losses are mounting, but Martilotta has maintained a hopeful outlook that a turnaround is coming.

“I say it every week, they’re playing good football,” he said. “They played good football today. We couldn’t move the ball. The kids were trying, but [the Phantoms] were very good on defense. The kids keep playing hard, they keep trying. The ball’s going to bounce our way.”

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09/13/11 7:35pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Southold Coach Andrew Sadowski spoke to his players during halftime of his 200th career win on Tuesday in Bayport.

Asked what 200 career wins means to him, Andrew Sadowski joked that it means he has been around for a long time. But, of course, there is a greater meaning to that milestone for the Southold High School boys soccer coach.

“I think that the significance of 200 wins is I still want to be on the field,” he said. “I still love the game. I still want to be with [the players]. I want to coach them. I want to be better as a coach. I want to keep learning the game more.”

And he wants to keep going.

Sadowski, in his 17th year as a varsity coach, bagged his 200th career win on Tuesday. It came on the road via a 2-0 non-league victory over the host Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms.

When the game ended, Sadowski, standing on the sideline, didn’t show any emotion. He merely looked down at his feet and kicked lightly at the grass. Not much of a reaction, but at least one of Southold’s players, Evan Miller, sensed what the 200 mark meant to his coach.

“I’m sure on the inside he feels very good about getting 200 wins,” Miller, a junior midfielder, said. “It’s very nice to get it when I’m here. It feels good to do it for him.”

With the win, Sadowski upped his career record to 200-89-14 (.660). He has been Southold’s coach for all of those games. He ranks fifth among active Suffolk coaches and is 22nd on the county’s all-time win list.

Sadowski had the entire off-season to think about No. 200 after the First Settlers were ousted by the Port Jefferson Royals in a Suffolk Class C semifinal last year, leaving him stuck at 199. Then, following Southold’s 3-0 season-opening loss to the Southampton Mariners on Saturday night, Sadowski had to wait another three days before he finally joined the exclusive 200 club.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Southold's Winston Wilcenski, left, attempted a cross while being pursued by Bayport-Blue Point's Matt White.

“He has a really, really good system that the kids buy into,” Bayport-Blue Point Coach Jim Moccio said. “It’s a tribute to him. He runs a real nice program. He’s a class guy. His teams are always classy, and he deserves it.”

(An interesting side note: Bayport-Blue Point’s assistant coach, Greg Zaleski, was a goalkeeper for Sadowski).

Sadowski recalls his first career win (a 1-0 defeat of the Riverhead Blue Waves). Of the 200 wins he has chalked up, does he have a favorite?

“I don’t know,” he said. “That’s a really hard question.”

He certainly has plenty of wins to choose from. There was a penalty-kick triumph in 1999 that brought the First Settlers a Southeast Region title. And then there was the game in 2001 in which Kenny Heidtmann scored in overtime to send Southold into the state final.

“Lots of good stuff,” Sadowski said, “a lot of good wins.”

Tuesday’s wasn’t bad, either. An unassisted goal by sophomore forward Drew Sacher 5 minutes 50 seconds after the opening kickoff and a penalty kick by senior defender Brian Cassidy at 43:49 accounted for all of the scoring. On Sacher’s goal, a clearance attempt failed, the ball fell to Sacher’s feet and he applied the finishing touch on Southold’s first shot of the game.

Bayport-Blue Point (1-1, 0-0 in League VI) had to play a man down for the final 36:11 after its goalkeeper, Connor Ward, received a straight red card for his foul on Miller, which led to Cassidy’s penalty kick. Pat Gerard, a defender, put on a yellow goalkeeper’s jersey and trotted onto the field to face the penalty, which Cassidy blasted under him.

On the play that led to the penalty, Miller ran onto a through ball and directed a shot past the goalie and wide of the left goalpost before being hit in the midsection, flipping over and landing on his lower back. He was shaken up on the play and headed to the sideline before re-entering the game for Muhammet Ilgin with 28:58 to go.

Moccio couldn’t complain about the red card. “The rule’s the rule,” he said. “When you’re the last man, you take somebody out, it’s a red card.”

The Phantoms suffered a potentially bigger loss earlier in the game. Kevin McGrath, a sophomore midfielder who might be the team’s best player, went down screaming in pain in the 22nd minute. He was helped off the field and later carted away with ice on his left ankle. Moccio said the trainer believes McGrath suffered a high ankle sprain.

Just two minutes before the injury, McGrath saw his penalty kick to the low left corner saved by Preston Jolliver (five saves). The penalty was awarded following a foul on Harry Martin.

McGrath’s injury is just more bad news for the Phantoms. They had already entered the game down a starter from the first game when striker Nick Oakley injured his knee in a 1-0 overtime win over the Center Moriches Red Devils.

And now the Phantoms will have to bring a goalkeeper up from the junior varsity team while Young serves a one-game suspension. It’s a tough blow for a team that went 3-9 and scored only seven goals last season, but has hopes for better things to come in 2011.

“Today’s a hard day to assess because I don’t know what we’re going to have tomorrow,” said Moccio.

It was a good early-season test for Southold (1-1, 0-0 League VIII), and certainly a memorable day for Sadowski.

“He’s a very excellent coach,” said Miller, who took a game-high seven shots, completed 18 of 29 passes and had 44 touches. “He knows what he’s talking about … and he’s just always there to push you and make you better.”

Sadowski, who said he enjoys coaching as much as ever, wanted to get the 200th win out of the way early in the season so it wouldn’t be a distraction. He got his wish.

“You work hard and good things happen,” he said. “That’s what I’m taking out of the 200th win. We work hard together as a team, and the wins add up.”

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05/24/11 6:31pm
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BOB LIEPA PHOTO | Mattituck seventh-grader Garrett Malave was involved in the only three-set match of the day, but lost to Bayport-Blue Point's Chad Stevens, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0, in second singles.

Good things are worth waiting for.

The Bayport-Blue Point High School boys tennis team can attest to that. A playoff match that was postponed six times over an eight-day period was finally played on Tuesday, and the host Phantoms were happy with the result.

No. 10 seed Bayport-Blue Point swept all six of the individual matches that were played to oust the No. 23 Mattituck Tuckers, 7-0, in the opening round of the Suffolk County Team Tournament. With that win, Bayport-Blue Point (13-5) will advance to a quarterfinal against its geographic rivals, the seventh-seeded League III champion Sayville Golden Flashes (12-4), on Wednesday. Bayport-Blue Point, a League V team, was a 4-3 winner over Sayville in a non-league match earlier this season.

While the weather-related postponements cost Mattituck some practices, that wasn’t the case with Bayport-Blue Point. Thanks to indoor court time donated by a community tennis association, the Phantoms benefitted from some quality practices in preparation for their playoff opener.

“As a team we played one of our best matches today,” said Bayport-Blue Point coach Keith Scharfscherdt.

BOB LIEPA PHOTO | Graham Homan of Mattituck came up short at third singles, losing to Bayport-Blue Point's Jeremy Morgenbesses, 6-1, 6-1.

It was the first and only loss of the season for League VIII champion Mattituck (12-1), which played shorthanded and had to forfeit fourth singles. One of the Tuckers’ first doubles players, Connor Davis, had stepped on a ball in practice a couple of days ago, sustaining a high ankle sprain, and was unable to play. Davis’ absence prompted a series of lineup changes.

In the only three-setter of the day, Bayport-Blue Point senior Chad Stevens held off seventh-grader Garrett Malave in second singles. The two proved to be a good match for each other through the first two sets before Stevens pulled away for a 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 victory. Malave went 12-0 in league play this season.

Earlier in the day, Bayport-Blue Point’s first singles player, Matt Richards, used his blistering serve to record 14 service aces and made fast work of Joe Pfaff, 6-1, 6-0. Richards, a six-year varsity player (five at first singles) who earned a scholarship to play for Wagner College, said he went to bed early the night before, got some good rest and was ready to play. It showed. He outpointed Pfaff, 51-19, and committed only one unforced error.

“He’s probably the best player I’ve ever played in my life,” Pfaff said. “His serve had so much spin that every time it bounced, it caught me off-guard. I haven’t played anyone like him in our league.”

Richards is a rare player. An energetic, power player with a fierce serve and forehand, he uses his legs to twist, uncoil and apply torque to his serves, which he said have been clocked at 115 miles per hour. On Tuesday he put 54 percent of his serves in play and 77 percent of his second serves while making four double faults.

And then there are the loud grunts that accompany Richards’ shots. The grunting, he said, is a timing mechanism.

“It helps me time the ball,” he said. “I don’t even realize that I do it. I just do it.”

But what Scharfscherdt may like best about Richards is his composure. The coach said, “He keeps a cool head about him, and that’s something he developed over the years.”

Jeremy Morgenbesses coasted, 6-1, 6-1, over Graham Homan in third singles.

Bayport-Blue Point’s three doubles teams had a good day as well: Mike Falkenburgh and Ryan Gray got the better of Stefen Keuhn and Casey Ciamaricone, 6-3, 6-4; Jonny Keyes and Xavier Stickney scored a 6-4, 6-2 win over Kevin Reyer and Austin Tuthill; and Sam Campbell and Lucas Jenks teamed up to beat Jeff Strider and Parker Tuthill, 6-3, 6-1.

“We knew it would be a tough match,” Pfaff said. “They’re really good.”

At the same time, the Tuckers couldn’t really complain, having enjoyed the sort of season they did.

Mattituck coach Mike Huey said, “It’s been a great season.”

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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck catcher Brittany Tumulty caught a throw from second baseman Jackie Hinrichs to get Bayport-Blue Point's Kathleen Bailey out on a forceout in the second inning.

Even with the spate of injuries they have endured, the Mattituck Tuckers have seen progress since the 2010 high school softball season. There have been times when they have looked quite good. Then again, there have been other times when they haven’t looked so good.

That is the way it is with a young team composed mostly of juniors and sophomores.

“I think they’re just looking for an identity, their identity,” said Rick Hinrichs, who is nearing the end of his first season as Mattituck’s coach. “They haven’t found it yet. They have had some superb games this year. They’ve played incredible. They have had games that were nightmares. That’s what’s maddening. You have so much hope. You say: ‘Wow, they really did this. They played great.’ … You see that little glimpse of what could be, and then all of a sudden you get a stinker and you’re right back to square one.”

On Friday, though, it really wasn’t so much a matter of what Mattituck did wrong as what the Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms did right. That especially goes for their senior pitcher, Meg Brewer.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck's Sara Perkins kept her eyes on the ball, as did Bayport-Blue Point catcher Danielle Warnken.

Brewer blasted two home runs, drove in four runs and pitched a two-hitter as her team rolled, 15-1, in a game at Mattituck High School that was halted after five innings because of the 12-run mercy rule.

The win is critical for Bayport-Blue Point, which improved to 13-4, 13-2 in Suffolk County League VII. The Phantoms started the day holding a half-game lead over both the Center Moriches Red Devils and the Mount Sinai Mustangs.

With Bayport-Blue Point bidding for its first league championship since 2007, Phantoms Coach Krissy Myer said: “I find it’s extremely exciting. I don’t find that it’s a lot of pressure. It keeps us focused.”

No one has to tell Brewer how tight things are. “It’s really close,” she said. “Because it’s such a hot race, everyone knows they have to compete to the top level all the time. We can’t take a day off against any team right now.”

Brewer, who had three hits herself, flirted with what would have been the first no-hitter of her career before Mattituck struck for both of its hits in the fifth inning. Megan Conklin led off the bottom half of the inning by lining an infield single off the tip of Brewer’s glove as the pitcher reached for the ball. Two batters later, Brittany Tumulty sent a double into center field. A sacrifice fly by Jessica Boomer then brought in Mattituck’s only run.

Brewer said the no-hitter was on her mind. “I wanted to know, and I wish I didn’t,” she said.

Brewer said the pitching performance meant more to her than the pair of home runs she clubbed. “Pitching is my favorite thing,” she said. “The home runs are an added bonus.”

Brewer did not issue any walks and struck out three. She retired the first 12 batters she faced, the 12th being a close call. Courtney Ficner drove a hard-hit ball that Brewer knocked down, collected and zipped to first baseman Kathleen McKevney, beating Ficner by half a step.

Bayport-Blue Point produced seven-run rallies in both the second and fourth innings for a 14-0 lead.

Lauren Petersen and Jaclyn Hahn delivered back-to-back, two-run singles to help fuel the first of those rallies.

Then, in the fourth, Brewer and McKevney (3 for 3) connected for home runs on consecutive at-bats. It was McKevney’s first homer of the season. Later in the inning, Tammy Vermeulan drove a double to center field, bringing home two more runs.

“They were just smashing them,” said Tumulty, Mattituck’s sophomore catcher.

Hahn and Vermeulan had three runs batted in each as the Phantoms totaled 13 hits for the game.

Mattituck’s starting pitcher, Sara Perkins, was pulled from the game in the fourth and relieved by Boomer. Hinrichs said Perkins’ back was tightening up. She had been battling bursitis under her right shoulder blade.

Mattituck, which will not qualify for the playoffs, dropped to 7-11, 5-11, with two games remaining.

“It’s definitely been a really crazy season, that’s for sure,” Tumulty said. “We started off, we weren’t really getting along that well, especially the first couple of games we were kind of fighting a lot and we were yelling at each other. But as the season went on, we actually grew together.”

Boomer and center fielder Lilly McCullough are the team’s only seniors, so the Tuckers should remain largely intact next year.

“Yeah, they’re young, but they get old fast,” Hinrichs said. “Next year comes and they’re not young any more.”

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