Baseball: Ospreys fall to Shelter Island in season opener

GRANT PARPAN PHOTO | Shelter Island starter Pat Simone pitched six innings of one-run baseball in a no-decision Sunday. The Bucks won their inaugural game 2-1 over the North Fork Ospreys.

Rennie Troggio scored the first-ever winning run in Shelter Island Bucks history, scoring on a ground out in the bottom of the eight inning of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League team’s inaugural game — a 2-1 win over the North Fork Ospreys.

Troggio also made a diving catch in the top half of the eighth on a ball that likely would have gone for extra bases off the bat of Ospreys outfielder Anthony Aceto.

Bucks pitcher Justin Charles won in relief of starter Pat Simone. The save went to Matt Abramowitz.

Justin Hepner, an impressive righthander from San Diego State, was a hard-luck loser, surrendering just the two runs in 7-plus innings. He struck out nine Bucks batters.

“It was a well-pitched, quality game,” said Ospreys head coach Bill Iannicello after the game. “It felt like it would be a one-run game all the way.”

Read the complete story from Sunday’s game in Thursday’s issue of The Suffolk Times

Check out the recap from our live gamecast below: