It may seem like it, but it really wasn’t all that long ago when the North Fork Ospreys were struggling at 6-12.
The Ospreys are doing better now. They are currently 17-16 and sitting in what would be the fourth and final playoff spot.
So, what changed?
Planes were flying high over Aviator Field, one after another it seemed, on Sunday afternoon. But planes haven’t been the only things flying around the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League this season. Aviators and Ospreys have been flying as well.
The first-place Westhampton Aviators have been enjoying a tremendous season as they go about defending their league championship. The third-place North Fork Ospreys started the day having won eight of their previous 10 games.
So, how does a young man from Illinois who works as a hitting coach in Wisconsin end up as the pitching coach for the North Fork Ospreys?
It has been a good summer for Richie Palacios, and it got better on Sunday.
Palacios went 4-for-7 with two doubles and drove in three runs for the North Fork Ospreys as they swept a doubleheader from the Riverhead Tomcats, 8-1 and 12-1, at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton. READ
Becoming the third general manager in the North Fork Ospreys’ history wasn’t Janet Dickerson’s grand plan. She sort of fell into it. READ
The North Fork Ospreys have a new single-season, home-run king.
Dan Schock has made it into the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League club’s record book. READ
With the playoffs on the not-too-distant horizon, what is it going to take for the North Fork Ospreys to finish the regular season strong?
Manager Bill Ianniciello didn’t hesitate in his answer. “Pitchers have to step up, for sure,” he said.
The North Fork Ospreys weren’t exactly going through hell, playing at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, but it wasn’t fun and games, either.
Peter Papcun, who leads the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League with five home runs, will represent North Fork in the league’s first Home Run Derby. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)
Home run. Round-trippper. Bomb. Tater. Dinger. Moon shot. Four-bagger.
There are plenty of words that refer to the home run. In fact, depressedfan.com posted what it refers to as a “be all, and end all” list of 45 alternative names for the home run.
Who doesn’t love the long ball? The home run has a mystique. The process of a player batting a ball over a fence generates excitement and makes for baseball’s sexiest statistic. (more…)
Nick Heath, the sole remaining player from North Fork’s 2013 championship team, making a lunging catch of a fly ball hit by Sag Harbor’s James Clements last Thursday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
To help themselves in the near future, the North Fork Ospreys dug into their past.
What they found is a baseball player who, without question, can help them. For one thing, he has done so before.
Nick Heath was a member of the Ospreys’ 2013 Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League championship team. He is now the sole remaining player from that title-winning squad. (more…)