2019 HCBL First and Second Teams Announced
Date: Aug 23, 2019
Photo Credit: Donna Fallacaro
Riverhead 11, Sag Harbor 1 (8 Innings)
The Riverhead Tomcats managed a big win over one of the top teams in the HCBL this season with an 11-1 eight-inning win over the Sag Harbor Whalers on Friday at Sgt. Jonathan Keller Field in Calverton.
The Whalers took an early lead in the top of the first on an RBI single from Peter Marren (Bucknell). Riverhead would get the lead in the bottom of the first from Bryce Wallace (Louisiana Tech) that drove in two Tomcat runs.
Riverhead added another run in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly from catcher Daniel Fallacaro (Sacred Heart). The Tomcats got three more runs in the fourth inning on a Bryce Willits (St. Mary’s (CA) RBI single and a Whaler error that scored two runs.
The run support was good for Riverhead starting pitcher Jeffrey Taylor (Penn State) who went six innings and had seven strikeouts with only one walk.
The Tomcats would add to the lead in the seventh with a three-run inning highlighted by a triple from Brian Craven (Richmond) which made the score 9-1 Riverhead.
RBI’s from Louis Antos (Queens) and Wallace in the eighth forced the ten-run mercy rule giving the Tomcats the home win.
Long Island 5, North Fork 4
The Long Island Road Warriors picked up their second come from behind victory at home this week with a 5-4 win over the North Fork Ospreys at Bellport High School.
Long Island would bring in the first run of the game on an RBI double by outfielder Eric Roubal (Queens).
The Ospreys would take the lead in the top of the third with runs coming from a sacrifice fly by Nick Jones (Eastern Michigan) and an RBI single by Isaac Deveaux (Utah).
The Road Warriors would tie the game in the bottom of the fourth as Roubal led off the inning taking the first pitch for his third home run of the season.
North Fork would rally with one out in the top of the seventh. Joseph Tardif (SUNY Cortland) was hit by a pitch and then Javier Vaz (LSU Eunice) singled putting two men on base for Mason LaPlante (Yale). LaPlante on a 2-1 pitch would drive in a double scoring two runs giving the Ospreys a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the eight with two outs, Miles Kelly (Rockland CC) drove in David Soto (Rutgers) to score on an RBI double putting Long Island within a run.
Going into the bottom of the ninth, Long Island would send Daniel Palermo (Iona) to pinch hit leading off the inning. Palermo would single and soon after JJ Grillo (Bridgeport) who was brought in to pinch run for Palermo would steal second putting the tying run in scoring position.
After a walk to Jake Guercio (Fordham), Chad Pike (Daytona State) would tie the game with an RBI double scoring Grillo. John Marti (Delaware) came up to bat and would be the hero of the day for Long Island with a single scoring Guercio giving the Road Warriors their second comeback win of the week.
Westhampton 7, Southampton 3
The Westhampton Aviators defeated the Southampton Breakers on the road by a final score of 7-3 on Friday.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third when Breakers DH Chris Wasson (LIU Post) hit a double to right field giving Southampton a 1-0 lead.
Westhampton would get the lead in the top of the fourth from back-to-back RBI singles by Frankie Gomez (Hofstra) and Jack Harnisch (Fordham) to lead 2-1.
In the top of the fourth an RBI single by Breakers outfielder Isaiah Winikur (Towson) tied the game at 2-2.
Westhampton regained the lead on an RBI groundout from David Franchi (NYIT) in the top of the fifth. The Aviators would score two additional runs in the sixth inning to take a 5-2 lead.
The Aviators would get two more runs on a Daniel Franchi (Binghamton) RBI single in the seventh and an RBI groundout from Joe Stewart (Michigan State) in the eighth to lead 7-2.
Westhampton would run into trouble in the bottom of the ninth as the Breakers would load the bases with one out. Aviators manager Alex Brosnan called on Brandon Alberto (NYIT) who was making his first pitching appearance in a year following surgery to get a rare five-run save.
Alberto would walk Robbie Holmes (Monmouth) which brought in a Southampton run but he’d settle down to get the next batter to ground into a double play giving Westhampton the road victory.