Game Recaps

Riverhead Tomcats Sweep DH in Westhampton to Clinch Playoff Spot

Aviator Field was scheduled to host a double header on Monday afternoon. The rain had other plans. Instead, the two games between the Westhampton Aviators and the Riverhead Tomcats were set to take place on Tuesday afternoon, one of two on the day. The other was the North Fork Ospreys and the Sag Harbor Whalers, two sets of games proving to be vital to determining the playoff picture. @jonahkarp82 interviews the @HamptonsLeague @RHTomcats star Jackson Olson after a double-header sweep in Westhampton pic.twitter.com/68j2xQsQ0R — aXcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) July 26, 2017 Entering the first game in Westhampton Beach, the narrative was simple for the Tomcats: win one game and you’re in. With the Aviators and the Long Island Road Warriors having locked up the one and two seeds, respective...

NSBA Blue Devils Defeat LI Nationals, 5-0, Behind Strong Performance From Nick Jack

Hard-throwing St. John The Baptist ’17 RHP Nick Jack dominated in a complete game shutout in Town of Brookhaven Summer Varsity. He worked through the Nationals lineup only allowing two hits in seven strong innings striking out eight and only walking one. “Being smart when I pitch, knowing what pitches to throw and when to change up my looks and change speeds with different counts.” said Jack, who will be playing at John Jay next spring. His strong performance was rewarded with a win thanks to his heavy-hitting lineup that manufactured runs with smart at-bats. The scoring started for the Blue Devils in the second inning. Their only walk at the plate would come from Jack with the bases loaded to bring in their first run. The walk would come with two outs after Nationals’ LHP Dennis Bly...

Three-Run Third Propels Body Armor to 4-2 Win over Titans-Parso

In a battle filled with current and future Div-I prospects, it was a third inning rally that enabled the Body Armor Titans to come out victorious in a friendly rivalry. In what was dubbed “McGregor vs Mayweather“, Titans-Parso took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second on a two-run double by Nick Ungar (Connetquot ’18) on a well-struck ball off James Cardinale (Commack ’18) into left center field to score Will Feil (Wheatley ’18) and Chris Peralta (Valley Stream South ’18). That was all the offense they would muster up on this day against a loaded pitching staff. Kyle Johnson (Newfield ’18) came on in relief in the third inning and worked around a walk and a single to Mike Handal (Garden City ’18) thanks to a sacrifice bunt, a strikeout ...

LI Patriots Come From Behind to Beat LI Black Diamonds, 5-3

Switch-hitting cleanup hitter Angelo Veltri stepped in to the left handed batters box with one out in the seventh trailing by two runs with two runners on. This came as a shock because Veltri batted from the right side in his previous three at bats. After starting his day 0-for-3 he would tie the game on a towering fly ball ground-rule double, completely changing his day at the plate. “I’ve been switch hitting for a couple years now in games and you just have to keep your confidence up,” said Veltri. “I feel like I play better with more pressure on me.” The pressure was immense as the Patriots’ rally came after scoring just one run through the first six innings, due in part to strong Black Diamond pitching from Anthony Ippolito and Jordan Piht. Black Diamonds just got too comfortable and a...

Elite Takes First Place From Grit Baseball in Dominant Win

Grit Baseball went into this matchup with Elite up one point in the Town of Brookhaven Summer Varsity Gold division standings. The two strong teams went head-to-head calling upon two hard-throwing lefties to make the start. Elite’s LHP, Jaryd Amy of Westhampton Beach, would earn the win in a game that only went six innings due to time limit. Elite would win by a score of, 10-2, after going up, 5-0, in the third. The class of 2018 LHP would prove to be a strikeout machine, striking out 11 batters in his four and two thirds innings of work. He would allow only one earned run walking six and allowing three hits. Amy considers himself a strikeout pitcher, but he is aware of the pitch count issues that come with primarily being a strikeout guy. “It’s definitely a blessing and a curse because I ...

Eric Callahan Lifts the Aviators Over the Road Warriors in Extras

Jonah Karp interviewing the two heroes from West Hampton’s 10-8 victory over the Road Warriors pic.twitter.com/Z2kFMloYPH — aXcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) July 19, 2017 Fireworks were still going off two weeks after Independence Day. Didn’t hear them? Well then you weren’t in Westhampton Beach Tuesday afternoon. Eight balls were hit over the fence at Aviator Field, six of them by way of Aviators. Those six home runs set a new single-game record for the Westhampton Aviators, breaking the five home runs they hit on June 30 against the North Fork Ospreys last season. But the discrepancy in home runs does not tell the story of the game. As a matter of fact, the Long Island Road Warriors were an out away from winning the game. Let me take you to that moment… It’s the bottom of the nint...

LI Expos Edge LI Nationals, 1-0, in Pitchers Duel

Alex Schweitzer (Sachem North ’17) dominated on the mound for the LI Expos, tossing a complete game shutout. Over his seven innings of work the lanky RHP struck out ten batters and only walked one. Schweitzer dominated through out, relying predominantly on his curveball to frustrate the National’s hitters. “Coach has been really helping me out with my curveball,” said Schweitzer. “During the school ball season it was on and off, but since my change up wasn’t working today I had to rely on my curveball more to keep hitters off balance.” Expos open up a 1-0 lead after Greg Sanderson hit a 2-out triple Dan Oster drove him in with a single. 1-0 after 3 full innings. pic.twitter.com/rtxQABS8Hg — aXcess Baseball (@axcessbaseball) July 17, 2017 The Expos’ lone run would come in the third in...

The Westhampton Aviators Defeat the North Fork Ospreys 9-7

The rain came down hard at Aviator Field Wednesday night. Grey-laden skies portended an ominous sign of things to come, and the question quickly became: will the game go nine innings? The answer: no…but not because of rain. The light grey skies grew darker, and the issue turned to the darkness of the field. The two umpires, Mike Bitetto and Tom Major, converged to the right of the mound after the eighth to decide whether to continue. They figured with three outs to go they may as well give it a shot. Westhampton right-hander Nathaniel Rhodes was on the mound ready to close it out for the Aviators. The score was 9-7 and the left fielder Mike Sciorra was walking into the box. The first pitch from Rhodes caught Sciorra on the left wrist. The Osprey dropped his bat and held his wrist in the le...

LI Titans Giaco Come Out On Top In Pitchers Duel, 1-0, Over Team Reyes

An extremely even pitching/defense match up made for an intense seventh inning in Boys of Summer 17u American division play. The Titans would score a go-ahead run off a double from incoming senior outfielder, Tony Figliarulo. The go-ahead run would come after a leadoff single from leadoff hitter, Marc Birbiglia, would be extinguished by a double play with a bang-bang play at first going in Team Reyes’ favor. A two-out walk from their three-hitter, Steve Pantano, kept the inning alive and a pinch runner stole second to set the table for Figliarulo. The Titans were able to collect leadoff hits in three of the seven innings, but the strong Reyes defense was able to hold the Titans in check extinguishing every leadoff single. “My approach stayed the same, just waiting for the fastball,” said F...

The North All Stars Win the Fifth Annual HCBL All Star Game

by Jonah Karp The best prospects of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League were front and center at Baseball Heaven on Monday. The North All Stars defeated the South All Stars 14-5, in what turned out to be a tale of two narratives. The South All Stars plated the first two runs of the game in the top of the second on three hits off of Patrick Clyne (LIU Brooklyn). But Neal Heaton’s squad quickly responded with a solo blast off the bat of Freddy Sabido in the bottom of the frame to cut the deficit to one. The score remained 2-1 until Dan Luisi’s team tacked on two more in the top of the fifth on two hits to extend the lead to 3-1. Then the narrative shifted. In the bottom of the seventh the North All Stars bats came alive. Eight players reached base. Nine players recorded hits. Six players...

Strong LI Expos Team Remains in First With DH Sweep of Huntington Blue Devils

The LI Expos remain in first place of Town of Brookhaven’s summer varsity league after a strong outing from their pitcher, Alex Scheitzer. The tall right hander’s slow delivery gave way to a sneaky quick fastball with great movement, in a game that started late after Huntington forfeited the first game of the double header. Scheitzer, a Sachem North 2017 graduate, was unfazed by the delay and went out and threw six and two thirds strong innings of one-run ball striking out seven Blue Devils. “My teammates helped me stay into it [the game] they helped me stay focused,” said Scheitzer. “I just wanted to go out there, throw strikes, stay calm and do what I’ve done for years.” The Expos would go on to win the second game by a decisive score of, 9-1, after the Blue Devils started with eig...

Southshore Crawfish and LIB Prime Tie 5-5 in Boys of Summer Action

LIB Prime wasted no time taking a 1-0 lead after just two batters when Billy McAdam drove in Mike Cartusciello with a line drive double to right-center field. They opened up a 5-0 lead with a four-run third inning and it appeared they had the game in-hand. The Crawfish, however, mounted a furious rally in the top of the fourth with five runs to tie it up at 5-5. Both teams’ offense went dormant for the final three innings and the game ended in a tie. The Crawfish’s rally began with a hit by pitch of Nick Raggione. Consecutive singles from Nick Romano and T.J. Noonan loaded the bases for Bobby Heffernon who drew a walk for their first run of the game. A routine DP was thrown away by the shortstop to score another run and another bases loaded walk to John Girgonis brought in thei...

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