Before the start of Tuesday’s doubleheader, someone mentioned to North Fork Ospreys coach Bill Ianniciello that his team needed “just one more point” to clinch a playoff berth.
“Don’t say ‘just’,” said Ianniciello, who advised that the word “just” be removed. In other words, just because the Ospreys needed only one point didn’t mean it would be easy, and it wasn’t.
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.
Penn Murfee slides home for North Fork’s first and only run in Game 1 of its semifinal series against Southampton. (Credit: Garret Meade)
HCBL SEMIFINALS, GAME 1 | BREAKERS 7, OSPREYS 1
A five-runs-batted-in game doesn’t come along often for a player. They are to be savored. They are to be cherished. They are to be remembered.
Mitchell McGeein knows the deal. But the Southampton Breakers first baseman also knows the good feeling that comes with it is fleeting.
“It will last until I go to bed, but then as soon as I get up in the morning, it’s like it never happened,” he said. “It’s another day at the ballpark and try to repeat what I did today.” (more…)
Ospreys center fielder Kyle Adie had a 5 RBI night against Riverhead Monday. (Credit: Garret Meade)
OSPREYS 13, TOMCATS 12
Luke Stampfl has a knack for timely hits against Riverhead.
Stampfl singled up the middle in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday night to drive in two runs, rallying the North Fork Ospreys to a come-from-behind victory over the Riverhead Tomcats in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. (more…)