Married to baseball coaching — as well as his wife, Nancy — for 40 years, Rochler said his Mattituck High School team’s 11-1 loss to Center Moriches in the decisive second game of the Suffolk County Class B finals was his final game as a coach. READ
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 intense rivalry between the Mattituck and Southampton high school baseball teams has produced some memorable games over the years (including a wild 19-inning game last year that took two days to complete). Jem Sisco added an interesting chapter to that history Saturday when the Southampton pitcher threw a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts on his home field. The senior righthander with a dramatically high leg kick, had a no-hitter going through 4 1/3 innings before turning in his first complete game of the season, a 3-0 Suffolk County League VIII triumph. READ