Baseball great Tommy John comes to the North Fork

Tommy John showed North Fork pitcher James Stone, who had Tommy John surgery himself, where he was operated on.

No, that wasn’t Tommy John on the mound Saturday night, although Derek Lamacchia may have bore some resemblance to the former major league pitcher at times.

Perhaps inspired by a visit from John, Lamacchia and Brian Tardif of the North Fork Ospreys combined for a four-hit shutout of the Riverhead Tomcats in an Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League game at Jean W. Cochran Park in Peconic. Ospreys catcher Rocco Gondek blasted a grand slam — his second home run in as many games — to break open the contest, making the score 7-0 in the fourth inning before North Fork finished with a 10-0 win.

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