It meant extending their regular season by two days and surviving an epic 19-inning game that took two days to complete, but the Mattituck Tuckers found the extra effort worthwhile.
The Suffolk County League VIII baseball game between Mattituck and host Southampton that started Wednesday was finally brought to an end Friday thanks in good part to Bryce Grathwohl. The sophomore pitched all six innings that were played Friday and came through with his first career home run in the 19th inning, bringing Mattituck a 5-4 triumph and a share of the league championship, half of which belongs to Southampton. Both teams finished the regular season 15-5 overall and in the league.
Wednesday’s Mattituck-Southampton matchup offered just about everything one could ask of a high school baseball game. It had quality pitching, exceptional play in the field and big hits, not to mention excitement, drama and suspense.
Yet, what may be most amazing of all is this: The game isn’t over yet.
Talk about low-keying it.
Something was different when the Mattituck High School baseball players stepped onto the field for their first preseason practice on Monday afternoon. It went beyond the fact that the Tuckers did so for the first time as defending state champions.
It was also the first time in six years that they did so without a first-string shortstop named Marcos Perivolaris.