7/17 Recap: Tomcats Jump to First Place
Date: Jul 17, 2018
Recaps By Andrew Jordan
Game 1: Sag Harbor 5, Long Island 1
Game 2: Sag Harbor 6, Long Island 3
The Sag Harbor Whalers swept the Long Island Road Warriors in a doubleheader at Mashashimuet Park. In the first game, the Whalers defeated the Road Warriors 5-1.
Sag Harbor took a 4-0 lead in the third inning. RBI singles by Harry Hegeman (Yale), Sam Cachola (California), Connor Anderson (Texas State) and Thomas Pipolo (UMass).
The Whalers would later add a fifth run in the sixth inning on a Sean Trenholm (Binghamton) RBI single.
Nick Kruel (Tampa) allowed one run to score in a complete game win. With his eighth career win, Kruel tied a Whalers record for career wins with current Washington Nationals prospect Kyle McGowin (Savannah State) who had eight wins between the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Kruel with one more win would tie the HCBL career record for wins held by former Whaler and Center Moriches Battlecat Adam Brown (Stony Brook/Dowling) who won nine games between 2010-2012.
Sag Harbor would survive a scare in the second game of the doubleheader beating Long Island by a final score of 6-3 in the nightcap.
The Whalers took a 5-0 lead in the second inning. Brandon Miller (St. John’s) and Daniel Alvarez Jr. (Pittsburgh) each drove in runs with singles. Joe Suozzi (Boston College) drove in Miller and Alvarez with a two-run double. Cachola would later drive in Suozzi with an RBI single.
Anderson would drive in the sixth Whaler run of the day on an RBI double in the fifth inning.
Long Island scored three times in their final at bat. Marcos Perivolaris (Cortland) drove in a run with a walk. A wild pitch and a single from newcomer Matthew Stepnoski (Wilmington) completed the scoring for the Road Warriors.
With the sweep of the doubleheader Sag Harbor (14-11-3) is currently tied for third place in the HCBL standings with the Riverhead Tomcats at 31 points.
First-place Long Island (18-10) currently has a five-game losing streak going into the All-Star Break. The Road Warriors hold a four-point lead over the Westhampton Aviators for first place in the HCBL standings.
Westhampton 10, North Fork 7
The Westhampton Aviators won their 16th game of the season, defeating the North Fork Ospreys 10-7 on Saturday at Aviator Field.
North Fork took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a RBI single by Tyler Shedler-McAvoy (Seton Hall). The Aviators responded with a solo home run by David Hogarth (William & Mary) to start the bottom of the inning.
The Ospreys and Aviators traded runs in the second inning. Tyler White (Hofstra) drove in a run after being hit by a pitch. But Ryan Steckline (Monmouth) tied the game with an RBI single.
Westhampton scored five times in the third inning to take a 7-2 lead. After an error brought in the first run of the inning, a RBI single by John Russo (Post) doubled the Aviator lead. A two-run single by the newest addition to the Aviator roster Alec Ojeda (Lynn) and a RBI single from Ben Osborne (Herkimer CC) gave the Aviators a 7-2 lead.
After Markus Melendez (Mitchell) homered for the Ospreys in the top of the fourth inning, a single by Ethan Hadjukovic (Western Michigan) gave the Aviators an 8-3 lead in the fourth inning.
North Fork attempted a comeback starting in the seventh inning on a home run by Tyrese Clayborne (Lamar).
A Melendez RBI single in the eighth inning cut the Aviator lead to 8-5, but a two run double by Michael Amandola (Farmingdale State) gave the Aviators a 10-5 lead.
The Ospreys cut the deficit to 10-7 in the ninth inning on a walk from D.J. Gatz (Campbell), and Melendez hit by pitch. However, a strikeout stranded the bases loaded to end the game.
Riverhead 9, Shelter Island 2
The Riverhead Tomcats defeated the Shelter Island Bucks 9-2 to win their 14th game of the summer at Sgt. Jonathan Keller Field in Calverton on Saturday.
Riverhead took a 1-0 lead in the second inning thanks to an RBI single from Tyler Sanfilippo (Wagner). The Tomcats later added two additional runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on a double by Louis Antos (Queens).
After the Bucks scored a run on an Andrew DuPont (St. John’s) RBI single in the top of the fifth to cut the Tomcat lead to 3-1. The Tomcats would answer back by scoring three more runs in the bottom half of the fifth.
Xavier Vargas (Rhode Island) drove in the first run with a double. After a wild pitch brought home another Tomcat run, Ben Jackson (East Tennessee State) gave Riverhead a 6-1 lead with a single.
Michael Matter (Belmont) drove in the second Bucks run of the afternoon on a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth. Despite having two men on base in the sixth, Shelter Island would fail to bring home any additional runs in the frame.
The Tomcats would go on and add three additional runs to take a 9-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Connor Echols (Dayton) hit a two-run home run for the Tomcats, and an error accounted for the additional Tomcat run.
James Judenis (Hartford) pitched five innings of one-run ball for Riverhead to even his record for the season at 2-2.
Eduardo Malinowski (Pennsylvania) had a 3-for-4 day at the plate finishing a home run shy of the cycle. Antos and Vargas also finished with three hits for Riverhead in the game.