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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.
The Mattituck High School girls volleyball team began the second half of the season Thursday the same way it opened the season — with a three-set win over Southampton.
An unusual scenario unfolded on the first singles tennis court at Mattituck High School last Wednesday. Liz Dwyer was struggling.
That is indeed an odd sight because it doesn’t happen often.
Some days everything goes smoothly and life is easy. And then, there are days like the one Liz Dwyer dealt with on Wednesday.
Dwyer had her struggles, but the Mattituck High School junior fought through them, prevailed in a tough tennis match and helped the Tuckers to their first league win of the season, 4-3 over visiting Southampton.
The start was a little too bumpy for Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s liking, but before long the Tuckers smoothed things out.
As the game progressed the weather got colder, but Joe Tardif was warming up.
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