Bryce Grathwohl isn’t perfect, but he comes close from time to time.
Early this high school baseball season, the Mattituck senior was one out away from pitching a perfect game against Pierson/Bridgehampton/Shelter Island. Then he hung a one-strike curveball to Cooper Schiavoni. “He just waited on it and drove the ball the other way and it was a legit single,” recalled Grathwohl, who has moved on.
Mattituck’s bats make the Tuckers armed and dangerous.
When a baseball team’s offense is as reliable and productive as Mattituck’s is, it makes life easier for its pitchers. That’s just one reason why Mattituck’s pitching staff turned in its sixth complete game in seven league games Tuesday. Then, of course, there was Bryce Grathwohl, and he usually brings it when he’s on the mound.
The Mattituck High School baseball team’s new head coach is not new.
Gene Rochler isn’t new to the Tuckers (he had been an assistant coach in the program for 13 years) or coaching (this marks his 40th year in coaching), for that matter. But Rochler takes over the team as the successor to Steve DeCaro, who was placed on administrative leave in October for unspecified reasons. READ
The pain of defeat was just too much for at least one inconsolable young person on the Mattituck side of the soccer field. Tuckers coach Will Hayes tried his best to comfort the distraught youngster, but the bawling continued.
It wasn’t one of Hayes’ players, but his 8-year-old son, Owen. Mattituck’s 4-1 loss to rival Center Moriches in a Suffolk County Class B semifinal Wednesday was just too much for him to take. READ
Midway through the opening half, Mattituck High School boys soccer coach Will Hayes looked down at the grass on the field.
“Gee, a penny,” he said, pocketing it.
Up until then Hayes did not need much luck — his team had rolled to a three-goal advantage over Greenport — but perhaps he could have used a little later Tuesday afternoon. The Tuckers lost senior goalkeeper James Jacobs to a sprained right ankle early in the second half of their 3-0 Suffolk County League VII victory. READ
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. READ
Perhaps under another system or at another time, freshmen Bryce Grathwohl and James Jacobs would have been bypassed and left sitting on the bench this season. But the Mattituck High School boys soccer team lost an astounding 19 seniors from last year’s New York State Class B champion squad. That presented opportunities for younger players like Grathwohl and Jacobs. READ