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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…)