07/31/12 8:38pm
07/31/2012 8:38 PM

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | The North Fork Ospreys look on the from the dugout Tuesday afternoon as their season came to an end against Southampton.

The way left-hander Patrick Peterson mowed through the North Fork lineup early in Tuesday’s game for the Southampton Breakers, any lead seemed nearly insurmountable.

But one needed to look back only a night earlier to realize anything can happen. In the opening game of the first-round playoff series Monday, the Ospreys hit a pair of home runs in the ninth inning to nearly come back from a 5-0 hole. They lost 5-4, but carried the momentum into Game 2 of the doubleheader when they jumped ahead 5-0.

This time, the Breakers fought back with five of their own to send the game into extra innings. The Ospreys finally prevailed when Anthony Aceto hit a walk-off home run.

It all set the stage for Tuesday’s elimination Game 3 at Southampton, which looked like it might be headed for more late-inning drama.

The Ospreys trailed 3-0 going into the eighth inning before scratching together two runs and getting the tying run into scoring position with no outs.

But the afternoon belonged to Peterson. He buckled down to retire the next three batters in the eighth — the last threat for the Ospreys as their season ended with a 3-2 loss.

The No. 3 seed Southampton advances to face No. 4 Riverhead for the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball championship in a best-of-three series. Riverhead swept Shelter Island Monday.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO  |  North Fork second baseman Vinny Citro blows a bubble as he makes a catch in the fourth inning.

North Fork coach Bill Ianniciello said the team this season was a tight-knit group.

“A lot of other teams have had guys leaving during the course of the week,” he said. “Our guys were all here. I give them credit. They wanted to be here and they played to the end. It’s just unfortunate we lost a close game.”

It was a pitcher’s duel from the start. Peterson and North Fork starter Justin Hepner were both on top of their game. The only difference for most of the game was one pitch Hepner threw to Southampton cleanup hitter Rob Fonseca in the third inning. Fonseca blasted a two-run homer to left field with two out and a runner on second to give the Breakers a 2-0 lead. Brenton Allen reached with a one-out walk and stole second on the pitch before the home run.

Allen actually started toward second before Hepner began his windup. But he threw the ball to home and Allen easily scampered into second. The next pitch Fonseca put over the fence.

“He pitched a strong game,” Ianniciello said. “He pitches a game like that, he should win the game.”

Peterson, who pitches for Temple University, got the better of him. Through seven innings he allowed only one hit. He finished the game with a three-hitter. He struck out 12 by pounding the strike zone with fastballs early in the count and mixing in a good curveball.

“I was keeping my fastball down and throwing my curveball for strikes the entire game,” Peterson said. “I was consistent.”

After Ryan Burns singled in the second at-bat of the game for North Fork, Peterson retired 20 of the next 21 batters — issuing only a fifth-inning walk.

The Ospreys finally broke through when Alex Perez led off the eighth inning with a double to left-center. A pair of errors on the next two at-bats helped the Ospreys get on the board and put themselves in position for a big inning. Vinny Citro lofted a ball into shallow left to make it 3-2, but the Ospreys couldn’t get any closer.

Peterson got the next batter to fly out to center. And he got the next two hitters to ground out to the infield.

“He’s a quality pitcher,” Ianniciello said. “He’s a competitor. He mixes his pitches well and knows how to go after it. He threw an effective game.”

Peterson said after throwing against North Fork several times already this season, he was familiar with their lineup.

“I think it helped me today,” he said. “I used a little more of the curveball this time than before.”

The Breakers added a run in the seventh inning to make it a 3-0 game, a run that proved to be the difference in the game after the Ospreys got two in the eighth.

Southamptons’ run was set up by a two-out error. Allen hit an RBI single after Vinny Zarrillo reached on an infield error and advanced to second on an errant pickoff throw.

Mike Zaccardo pitched the eighth inning for North Fork and escaped a bases-loaded jam to keep the Ospreys within a run going into the ninth inning.

The Ospreys finished out the year 23-19. Ianniciello, after his first season with the Ospreys, said it was a great experience.

“I would love to work with any of these kids again,” he said. “Hopefully they go back to school a little further than where they were when they came here.”

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07/31/12 4:32pm

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | North Fork’s Eric Romano, connecting on a pitch from Center Moriches’ Jason Schilling earlier this season.

The North Fork Ospreys saw their season come to an end Tuesday, when they dropped Game 3 of their opening round playoff series with the Southampton Breakers.

The final score was Southampton 3, North Fork 2.

Check back tonight for the complete game story.

Read a recap from the league by clicking here.

07/31/12 6:20am

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | North Fork shortstop Alex Perez positioning himself to snag a ground ball.

The North Fork Ospreys (23-18) lost their playoff opener split the first two games of their playoff series with the Southampton Breakers (22-19) in the Hampton Collegiate Baseball Division Monday.

Read a recap of Game One here.

A Game Two recap can be found here.

Game Three will be played at 4 p.m. today at Cochran Park in Peconic. The winner will host No. 4 Riverhead (23-19) in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball Division finals beginning Wednesday.

The Ospreys entered the playoffs as the No. 2 seed. They finished the regular season with a 22-17 record.

The Ospreys won four of six games against the Breakers during the regular season.

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07/29/12 8:00pm
07/29/2012 8:00 PM

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | North Fork shortstop Alex Perez positioning himself to snag a ground ball.

The North Fork Ospreys will host a semifinals doubleheader against the Southampton Breakers as the postseason opens in the Hampton Collegiate Baseball Division Monday.

First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at Cochran Park.

The Ospreys enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed. They finished the regular season with a 22-17 record.

Southampton, the No. 3 seed, went 21-18. The Ospreys won four of six games against the Breakers during the regular season.

Monday’s doubleheader is part of a best-of-three series. If the two teams split on Monday they play in Southampton Tuesday.

The Shelter island Bucks (23-17) host the Riverhead Tomcats (21-19) in the other semifinals doubleheader Monday. First pitch in that series is set for 1 p.m. at Fiske Memorial Field on Shelter Island.

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07/29/12 12:01am

GRANT PARPAN FILE PHOTO | Shelter Island pitcher Pat Simone.

All the Shelter Island Bucks know for sure is that their first series in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball playoffs will begin Monday.

And even those plans can be altered by Mother Nature.

As for who the Bucks will play, that won’t be determined until Sunday night. What the first-place Bucks do know now is they’ll play either Southampton, Center Moriches or Riverhead.

The No. 2 North Fork Ospreys will play either Southampton or Center Moriches.

Both North Fork and Shelter Island will be home when the best-of-three series’ begin with doubleheaders Monday. If a game three is needed in either series it will be played on the other team’s field Tuesday.

The Hampton Division championship is still slated to be held Wednesday through Friday, with the ACBL semifinal and final scheduled for the weekend.

The playoff scenarios won’t be decided until after North Fork plays Southampton at 5 p.m. Sunday. Center Moriches plays Westhampton at 11 a.m. in the other big game Sunday.

Here are the scenarios that hinge on Sunday’s results, according to a post on the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball website:

Southampton win, Center Moriches win
#3 Southampton v. #2 North Fork
#4 Center Moriches v. #1 Shelter Island

Southampton win, Center Moriches loss
#3 Southampton v. #2 North Fork
#4 Riverhead v. #1 Shelter Island

Southampton loss, Center Moriches win
#3 Center Moriches v. #2 North Fork
#4 Southampton v. #1 Shelter Island

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07/27/12 8:30pm
07/27/2012 8:30 PM

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | North Fork’s Eric Romano, connecting on a pitch from Center Moriches’ Jason Schilling, enjoyed a three-hit game.

If the Shelter Island Bucks baseball team was embarrassed by a 12-run loss to last place Sag Harbor Thursday night, they shook it off on Friday by handing the North Fork Ospreys a 10-5 loss in Southold.

The win propels the Bucks (23-17) back into first place at the conclusion of regular season play in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League.

The Ospreys are a half-game back at 22-17, but even if they win their finale Saturday night, Shelter Island owns the tiebreaker for the No. 1 seedin the playoffs.

North Fork will be the No. 2 seed.

The Southampton Breakers, Riverhead Tomcats and Center Moriches Battlecats are fighting it out for the final two playoff spots.

The Bucks will face whomever finishes fourth.

The Ospreys scored two runs in the first inning to lead off the game Friday, but the Bucks came back with two runs of their own in the top of the second inning. In the third inning, the Bucks scored two more runs, while the Ospreys scored one.

It was in the sixth inning that the Bucks sent four runners past home plate to take the lead for good. In the ninth, Shelter Island came back with another two runs while the Ospreys could eke out only one final run.

The playoffs were originally scheduled to start Saturday night with the first place team meeting the fourth place team in a best-of-three series, while the second and third place teams face off in their own series. But postponed games pushed the playoffs back to next week, according to a message on the league site.

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07/05/11 1:56pm
07/05/2011 1:56 PM

Five Riverhead Tomcats are among the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball players who will join with the Long Island Collegians to represent the East in the 2011 Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game. The will take place on Monday, July 11, at Brooklyn’s MCU Park, home of the Cyclones, the New York Mets’ single-A affiliate. The Tomcats named to the team are infielder Zach Mathieu, pitcher Brett Schreiber and outfielders Eric Romano, Eric Schlitter and outfielder Frank Schwindel. Another Tomcats player, pitcher Aaron Slegers, has been designated as an alternate. Tomcats Coach Randy Caden will be one of the team’s assistant coaches.

The North Fork Ospreys will be represented by pitcher Milan Mantle, outfielders Ryan Brockett, outfielder Ryan Williams, Manager Brian Hansen and Assistant Coach Michiel van Kampen.

Each Hamptons Collegiate Baseball team placed at least four players on the squad.