Game day is finally approaching.
Following a 20-year wait, the Southold/Greenport high school softball team has returned to the playoffs. As Suffolk County’s only Class C qualifier, the Clippers have had to wait until Thursday when they face Nassau County champion East Rockaway in a Southeast Region semifinal at Hofstra University.
Southold/Greenport has waited 20 years to return to the high school softball playoffs, and now that the Clippers are finally back in the postseason, there’s more waiting.
Since Southold doesn’t have any opposition for the Suffolk County Class C title or the Southeast Region semifinals, the Clippers advance directly to a regional final on June 3. The opponent and site are to be determined.
It was a celebration 20 years in the making, and the Southold/Greenport high school softball team was making up for lost time. So, the Clippers celebrated and celebrated, and then celebrated some more.
They screamed. They hugged. They danced. They threw confetti.
One more win, and they’re in.
The Southold/Greenport high school softball team could clinch a playoff berth as soon as Thursday when it plays in Port Jefferson. That’s especially significant because the Clippers haven’t reached the playoffs since 1997.
The last time Southold/Greenport reached the high school softball playoffs, the current Clippers had not even been born. It was decades ago, all the way back in 1997.
That string of 19 playoff-less years may finally come to an end this year. Judging by the way the Clippers have been playing, not only do the playoffs look likely, but a Suffolk County Class C championship is a real possibility and who knows beyond that.
Pitching, pitching, pitching.
The importance of pitching in high school softball cannot be overstated. No matter how you cut it, a team’s success always comes down to pitching.
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Mercy varsity baseball coach Skip Gehring goes over instructions with his team during practice Tuesday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
It’s not the soreness that’s been a problem so much for Mercy’s new baseball coach. It’s the blisters.
Such is the price to pay for the constant barrage of fly balls hit into the outfield during practice.
“In the first week of practice I probably hit 800 fly balls to the outfielders,” said Skip Gehring, who replaces Ed Meier as the varsity coach this season. (more…)