By Gavin Menu
The Sag Harbor Whalers evened their record at 10-10 with a 6-3 win over the visiting Westhampton Aviators on Sunday. Sag Harbor was in fifth place in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League standings after the weekend, trailing first place Riverhead by two games with half the season gone by.
The Whalers will play a special game today, July 4, on Shelter Island, where the families of Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter and First Lieutenant Joseph J Theinert will be honored in a pre-game ceremony. Haerter, a native of Sag Harbor, was killed in action in Iraq in 2008, while Theinert, a native of Shelter Island, suffered the same fate in Afghanistan in 2010.
The game, which organizers plan to make a Fourth of July tradition, will begin at 10 a.m.
Following the action over the weekend, Whalers manager Brendan Monaghan said the players and coaching staff were starting to come together as a team, even as each player focuses on his development as an individual.
“They’re doing well,” Monaghan said. “It takes a little while to figure out your personnel and for them to come together as a team, but they’re all baseball players and they’re all here for the same reason.”
John Nicklas (Boston College) pitched seven solid innings on Sunday, allowing three runs on just six hits. The Whalers scored four runs in the first inning with Scott Hagan (Mercy College) and Nick Colucci (Boston College) coming through with singles and two RBIs apiece.
Justin Montemayor, who made the freshman All-American team last year out of the University of Houston, went 1-for-4 and leads the team with a .325 average, good for tenth best in the HCBL.
Following Thursday’s game on Shelter Island, the Whalers will play at Riverhead on Saturday at 2 p.m. and at home against Southampton on Sunday at 5 p.m.
“The great thing about this league is the parity,” Monaghan said. “First to last place is separated by four games. I think it’s going to come down to all 40 games.”