7/17 Recap: Tomcats Jump to First Place
Date: Jul 17, 2018
By Greg Diener
Nick Thornquist (UT San Antonio) has provided plenty of offense for the 2018 Sag Harbor Whalers but no at-bat this season was as dramatic as his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth against North Fork on Tuesday.
The soon to be UTSA catcher delivered his second walk-off hit for the Whalers this season on a three-run bases clearing double with two out to give Sag Harbor a 4-3 win at Mashashimuet Park.
The Ospreys would score all three runs in the top of the third. The first two Osprey runs would come on an RBI single from Tyler Shedler-McAvoy (Seton Hall) along with an error by the Whalers on the same play. Shedler-McAvoy would later come around to score on an RBI single from catcher JC Santini (St. Mary’s (CA).
Ospreys starting pitcher Enzo Stefanoni (Harvard) pitched five scoreless innings for North Fork to start the game, however the Whalers would get a run off him in the sixth. Harry Hegeman (Yale) led off the inning with a double and after stealing third, Hegeman would score on an RBI groundout by Thornquist.
Sag Harbor would put the tying runs in scoring position but Stefanoni would get Connor Anderson (Texas State) to strike out swinging to end the threat.
The Ospreys would go to the ninth as closer David Wylie (St. Mary’s (CA) would look to get the final three outs in his second inning of work.
Thomas Pipolo (UMass) started the inning for the Whalers with a single and then an Osprey error would put the tying runs on base. Sam Cachola (California) would load the bases on a single with two outs setting the stage for Thornquist.
Thornquist down to his last strike would rip one to left field clearing the bases to give the Whalers their 15th victory of the season.
Thornquist’s previous walk-off at Mashashimuet Park occurred on June 14th when he hit a game winning home run in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Southampton Breakers. Thornquist accounted for all 4 RBI for the Whalers and now has a total of 24 for the season. His league leading batting average is now at .457 with 42 hits in 92 at-bats.
North Fork (12-15-3) remains a point ahead of the Shelter Island Bucks for the final playoff spot at fifth place and will look to rebound on Wednesday against the Long Island Road Warriors at Greenport High School.
Sag Harbor (15-11-3) currently leads the Riverhead Tomcats by two points for third place in the HCBL postseason chase and will face the Tomcats in their next game on Thursday at Sgt. Jonathan Keller Field in Calverton.