By Gavin Menu
The Sag Harbor Whalers of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League (HCBL) won two of their last three games, including a 9-4 win over Montauk on Saturday, to claim a share of the regular-season title with Southampton.
The Breakers and the Whalers finished with identical records of 22-18, just one game clear of the North Fork and Shelter Island, which both finished 21-19 to claim the final two HCBL postseason spots.
Riverhead, Westhampton and Montauk did not qualify for the playoffs, which will begin Monday with a pair of best-of-three semifinal series.
Sag Harbor will host Shelter Island for game one Monday at 5 p.m., with game two at Shelter Island Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and game three, if necessary, back in Sag Harbor on Wednesday 4:30 p.m.
Southampton and the North Fork will face off with a similar schedule over the next three days. The championship series will be next weekend, August 1-3.
On Saturday, Sag Harbor knocked off Montauk with Tucker Norton (Elon) and Scott Hagan (Mercy) both homering as part of a 13-hit barrage. A four-run second inning put Sag Harbor ahead for good. Hagan fell just a double short of the cycle, going 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Joe Gellenbeck (Xavier) also had three hits and Aaron Smith (Wake Forest) had two.
The loss brought an end to Montauk’s inaugural season in the league.