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Ian Nish (left) and his brother James. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Ian Nish (left) and his brother James have helped power Mattituck to a county championship this season. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

One can only imagine what must go through an opposing pitcher’s mind after facing a 6-foot-3 Nish in the batter’s box and then, in the next at-bat, pitching to another 6-3 Nish, his identical twin.

“Wait a minute, didn’t I just pitch to this guy?” he could ask himself.  (more…)

04/07/15 6:12pm
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James Nish connected for a tie-breaking home run for Mattituck in the sixth inning of its 6-2 defeat of Southampton. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

James Nish connected for a tie-breaking home run for Mattituck in the sixth inning of its 6-2 defeat of Southampton on Tuesday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

TUCKERS 6, MARINERS 2

It’s not easy pitching a baseball when the weather is cold, in the mid-40s, and it’s raining. It’s not easy hitting a ball under those conditions, either.

That didn’t stop the Mattituck Tuckers in the opener to their three-game Suffolk County League VIII series against the Southampton Mariners on Tuesday. Joe Tardif fired 11 strikeouts and James Nish crushed a tie-breaking home run, propelling the unbeaten Tuckers to a 6-2 triumph at Mattituck High School, their fourth win from as many games. (more…)

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One of Mattituck's seniors, catcher Brian Pelan, hugs assistant coach Rich Pisacano following Pelan's final game for the Tuckers. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

One of Mattituck’s seniors, catcher Brian Pelan, hugs assistant coach Rich Pisacano following Pelan’s final game for the Tuckers. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

SOUTHEAST REGION CLASS B FINAL | PANTHERS 3, TUCKERS 0

The first thing one notices about the Rye Neck High School baseball players is their size. They are big, as in tall and athletic.

“Our first baseman, Matt Franks, number 14, he’s had a full beard since freshman year,” pitcher Angelo Spedafino said. “Our catcher [Thomas Pipolo] has had a full beard since freshman year.”

Because of their stature, the Panthers could easily be mistaken for a college team, and they have the talent to match it. It was going to take a team of that caliber to knock Mattituck out of the playoffs, and that is just what Rye Neck did on Saturday. (more…)