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Whalers Strike Out

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By Michael Pintauro

As the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball season nears its end, so do playoff hopes for the Sag Harbor Whalers. The team is 9.5 games back from first place North Fork Ospreys with only three games left to finish this week meaning there is no way for Sag Harbor to make it into the post season.

This week was particularly difficult for the Whalers. The two games the Whalers’ played happened to be against the Ospreys, who crushed Sag Harbor in two painful defeats.

On Saturday, July 21, the Whalers travelled to the North Fork to take on the Ospreys at home in Peconic’s Cochran Park, where ultimately they lost the game 10-1. The Ospreys took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, after Ospreys pitcher Vaughn Hayward made easy work of the Whalers with a one-two-three first inning. Hayward threw a solid eight strikeouts against the flailing Whalers, going six innings and giving up only three hits. The Whalers would strikeout 13 times in the game — almost half their at-bats.

Whalers starting pitcher Jim Duff had a game almost as good as his opponent, throwing five strong innings, striking out eight and recording two earned runs on six hits. After giving up two runs early in the first, Duff was solid on the mound. But as the relievers came in during the middle innings, the floodgates opened, and the Osprey runs began pouring in.

Reliever Kevin Korkate gave up four earned runs in one inning of pitching, striking out two, but walked away with a 36.00 Earned Run Average (ERA). Out of the 10 runs recorded by the Ospreys on the day, six were homers. Ospreys’ hitters Kyle Adie, Robert Paller, Ryan Burns, and Daniel Kerr each smacked homers. Paller hit two of them.

On Sunday, July 22 – the Whalers’ would returned to Mashashimuet Park to host the Ospreys at home, in hopes of at least defeating the first place team. However, victory was not in the cards for Sag Harbor. The Whalers struggled to get on offense, losing control of the game in the ninth inning with a final score of 10-3.

Most of the game unwound like a pitcher’s duel, with a score of 2-1 until the ninth inning. Whalers’ starting pitcher David Rowan pitched well through five innings, giving up four hits, striking out three with one earned run. Ospreys’ pitcher, David St. Lawrence, however, was a wrecking ball on the mound, mercilessly striking out 11 Whalers in eight innings, letting up only one earned run on two hits.

As both teams struggled to string together hits and form runs, the game appeared destined for extra innings, but North Fork had other plans when they stepped up to the plate in the top of the ninth.

After a tough play in right field cost John Hennessey an error, the Ospreys’ secured a man on second and third with no outs. With a hard hit ground ball to third base on the next play, Stuart Levy displayed great poise for the tag out at the plate. The Whalers’, looking at runners on second and third again with one out, decided to intentionally walk Ospreys power-hitter Dan Kerr. With bases loaded, the Whalers looked to force a ground ball to turn a double play, but instead, Whalers pitcher Thomas Cardona threw two wild pitches and walked a batter before getting the next out on a ground ball.

With two out, the Ospreys tacked on six more runs in the inning, most of them unearned due to playing errors by the Whalers infield. North Fork continued to be aggressive around the bases, forcing bad throws and capitalizing on whatever play they could as their runners advanced.

The Whalers’ attempted to fight back in the bottom of the ninth. Sure enough, they got runners on the corners with no outs. With slugger Dennis Mitchell at bat, it appeared a rally could be in the works.

Mitchell, however, smacked a hard hit ground ball, leading to the first out, scoring Grant Shambley from third. Hennessey, who would advance to second on the play, would later score off a playing error. Ultimately, the runs did not come, and the two scored by Shambley and Hennessey were all the Whalers could muster in the final inning of the game.


Whalers Win Two

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By Mike Pintauro

Our local collegiate baseball team, the Sag Harbor Whalers, won two of their past six games this week, maintaining their position in last place with a current record of 12-23.

On Wednesday, July 11, the Whalers won 10-7 over the Riverhead Tomcats, who fell from first place to third through a series of losses this week. On Sunday, the Whalers beat the fifth place Center Moriches Battlecats, 5-2.

In an away game against (18-14) Riverhead, the Whalers came out strong, scoring a quick four runs in the first inning against the first place team. With two on and no outs, in the first, Whalers infielder John Hennessey hit a high fly double to right field, scoring Grant Shambley. Later in the inning, with bases loaded, Whalers hitter Will Marcal hit a sacrifice fly ball to center field, advancing all runners and scoring Jacob Bodner. Up four runs early, Whaler pitching was able to hold off the Tomcats as they continued to score throughout the game. Brandon Kruel pitched for the Whalers, hurling an impressive five strikeouts in five innings, giving up only one earned run. Despite a last inning effort in the ninth, the Tomcats were unable to overcome the deficit, giving the Whalers the 10-7 win.

The Whalers also took an early lead in a 5-2 win against the 16-16 Center Moriches Battlecats last Sunday, July 15. With help from the Battlecats defense, the Whalers were able to get two men on base through a walk and a throwing error. With two men on, Grant Shambley smacked a hard hit ground ball to the shortstop, scoring Charlie Curl.

Later in the inning, Bodner singled to score John Hennessey. The very next inning, Bodner would bat again, this time roping a double to left field, scoring Dennis Mitchell.

With a cushion of runs, Whalers pitcher Brendan McClain held off the Battlecats, striking out five, allowing four hits through 5.2 innings, allowing only one run.

The two victories for the Whalers this week were solid displays of hitting and batting, but their efforts weren’t enough in other games. On Thursday, July 12, the Whalers were dealt a tough loss against Westhampton Aviators, falling 8-2. What followed were two straight losses in a double header against the North Fork Ospreys on Saturday, July 14, losing 6-3 and 5-1. On Monday, July 16, the Whalers lost to the Southampton Breakers in extra innings, after leading 3-2 heading into the eighth.

Today, Thursday, July 19, the Hampton Collegiate Baseball League were to assemble their best for this summer’s All-Star Game, taking place at Brooklyn’s MCU Park in New York City. From the Sag Harbor Whalers, infielder Charlie Curl, outfielder Grant Shambley and pitcher Kyle McGowin were chosen to participate.

Whalers Struggling

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Whaler catcher Stuart Levy tags out a Southampton baserunner trying to make it home during the Southampton Breakers vs. the Sag Harbor Whalers Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League game at Mashashimuet Park on Sunday, 7/1/12.

Whaler catcher Stuart Levy tags out a Southampton baserunner trying to make it home during the Southampton Breakers vs. the Sag Harbor Whalers Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League game at Mashashimuet Park on Sunday, 7/1/12.

By Mike Pintauro

Faced with the threat of inclement weather, the Whalers hosted a double header at Mashashimuet Park on Wednesday. Starting early on our nation’s birthday, the Whalers played two games against the Shelter Island Bucks, winning their first game 2-1, but dropping their second 4-3.

The Whalers had only four hits during the first game, which came sporadically from inning to inning. That’s more than can be said about the Bucks, however, who were held scoreless until the seventh inning by a masterful pitching performance by Whalers newcomer Brandon McClane. McClane was perfect through five innings, hurling seven strikeouts and only one walk in six innings pitched.

The only two hits from the Bucks came in the top of the seventh inning. McClane was pulled from the game and did not pitch the seventh inning, and was instead replaced by Collin Dinges. Dinges finished off the Bucks, but allowed one run on two hits in a game that looked certain to be shutout.

Down one run with only one inning left in the truncated ball game, it seemed the Whalers’ stellar pitching performance was all for nothing; but after a walk from Jake Kingsley and a well-placed sacrifice bunt by Keaton Flint, they had the tying run on second with two outs. John Hennessy was up at bat, and like most other Whalers during the game, he did little from behind the plate. Nevertheless, it was his two-run homerun over the right field fence that snagged the victory for the Whalers, in spectacular walk-off fashion.

Wednesday’s second game was a different story from the beginning. After loading the bases with the first three batters, Whalers pitcher Jason Freeman gave up an RBI double to Geo Saba, scoring two runs. Saba would score himself later in the inning, bringing the first inning run total by the Bucks to four. Down four runs from the get-go, the Whalers knew they had to play catch up, but despite dishing out nine hits in the game, they were only able to score three runs.

Whalers infielder John Hennessey, fresh off a two-run homerun, was 2-for-3 on the day, with one run coming in the bottom of the third. Down two in the last inning, infielder Charlie Curl led off with a strong solo homerun, but it was too little too late. Grant Shambley reached base with a single to left field, but was the first out of a game-ending double play, hit by Dennis Mitchell.

This was the second double header of the week for the Whalers. On Saturday, June 30, the Whalers hosted the Riverhead Tomcats in a back-to-back showdown, but lost both games of the day 3-2 and 4-0. Jim Duff was on the mound for the first game, throwing a solid six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, striking out four. The Whalers were held to six hits in the game, scoring their only two runs in a desperate seventh inning struggle to find the win.

In their second game against the Tomcats, the Whalers were held scoreless, slapping only five hits in the game. Whalers pitcher Will Marcal pitched a strong outing, striking out six, with only two earned runs. However, he allowed nine hits in his four inning outing, and after being down early in the game, the Whalers were unable to get any offense moving.

On Sunday, the Whalers faced the fifth place Southampton Breakers, and came away with a 7-6 win.

With a tough loss against the North Fork Ospreys last Thursday, the Whalers have continued to struggle this season, and are now six games back from the first place Riverhead Tomcats. Regardless, Whalers pitching and hitting are holding up well, bringing games close and competitive.

Scores came out to enjoy the double header, but there was more on the agenda than just baseball. Whalers General Manager Tom Gleeson invited local residents Joanne Lyles and Jim Theinert as ceremonial guests, where they simultaneously threw the first pitch in honor of their sons, Jordan Haerter and Joseph Theinert, respectively, both who died in the service of their country. The crowd welcomed the two, and offered their cheers to the memory of the two fallen servicemen.

Whalers Seek Stride

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By Mike Pintauro

The Sag Harbor Whalers are closing up the month of June with some well-placed wins, which improve their record to six wins, 11 losses. With three wins coming out of the last five games, the Whalers are currently out of last place, half a game up from the now last place Westhampton Aviators, yet still 4.5 games back from the first place Center Moriches Battlecats.

The Whalers’ first victory of the week came in a 4-3 game against Westhampton last Wednesday, June 20, at Mashashimuet Park. Jason Freeman pitched for Sag Harbor, going six full innings, throwing four strikeouts, and allowing only one earned run on five hits. The win came, however, not at the hands of the Whalers’ batting, which had less hits than their opponents on the day, but as a result of poor fielding by Westhampton, who gave up two costly errors in the bottom of the ninth, allowing Garrett Fischer to score on a passed ball.

After a tough 6-5 loss to the Southampton Breakers, the Whalers were able to turn the tide against first place Center Moriches, defeating them 9-2 on Sunday, June 24. Jim Duff pitched that day for the Whalers, going seven full innings, allowing only one earned run, on eight hits and four strikeouts, nabbing him the win for the game. With solid pitching taken care of by Duff, the Whalers’ hitting was able to focus, and in the second inning came a towering three-run home run by infielder Charlie Curl to secure the lead for Sag Harbor.

With a solid victory under their belt, the Whalers traveled to Riverhead to play a double header against the Tomcats. The Whalers would lose the first game in a 4-0 shutout at the hands of Tomcats pitcher Mike Trionfo, who pitched a two-hitter through seven innings, striking out six. The Whalers, however, would take the second game of the day, 2-1. Pitcher Jacob Bodner was on the mound for the Whalers, who earned the win for the game, pitching seven innings, allowing one earned run, on six hits, striking out seven. In the end, the Whalers were able to piece together some offense in the middle innings, taking the lead of the low scoring game in the top of the fourth inning.
General Manager Tom Gleeson and the Sag Harbor Whalers will be playing a double header on July 4th at Mashashimuet Park, and invite families and friends to bring their kids for special events between the games, including a special guest to throw out the first pitch. The first game will be played at 10 a.m. The second will be played at 12:30 p.m.

The Whalers next home game will be Thursday, June 28, against the North Fork Ospreys at 5 p.m.

Pair of Pitchers Feel Right at Home

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Whalers Third Baseman John Hennessy runs down a Shelter Island runner caught in a pickle as the Sag Harbor Whalers played the Shelter Island Bucks at Mashashimuet Park on Sunday, 6/17/12

Whalers Third Baseman John Hennessy runs down a Shelter Island runner caught in a pickle as the Sag Harbor Whalers played the Shelter Island Bucks at Mashashimuet Park on Sunday, 6/17/12

The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League is only five years young, but it exists as a division within a league that is 40 years older, the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. Despite its youth, the HCBL sees the talent of young ball players from across the nation, from state school powerhouses to Ivy League schools, and is considered one of the top 10 collegiate leagues in the country.

Amongst the players in the league are two pitchers, Brandon Kruel and Kyle McGowin, both of whom play for the Sag Harbor Whalers, whose success this season is reflected in their statistics.

So far this season, McGowin has a team low 1.29 earned run average, recording a team-high 16 strikeouts through 14 innings pitched. Nine of those strikeouts came during a masterful 10-inning performance, which led to the Whalers’ first victory against the Westhampton Aviators on June 9. Kruel also has a low 2.45 earned run average, with 11 strikeouts in as many innings. In their recent game against the Southampton Breakers on Tuesday, June 19, Kruel struck out three batters in two innings pitched, holding off the Breakers long enough for the Whalers to clinch their third victory on the season.

As local Sag Harborites and Pierson High School graduates, Kruel and McGowin originated from a small school within a small class that competed within a small section of athletics. Regardless, the two pitchers are each having very strong seasons in the HCBL, and are proving to be some of the more dominant pitchers in the league.

Playing for the Sag Harbor Whalers at Mashashimuet Park is a unique experience for both Kruel and McGowin, who both pitched many years on the various fields within the park.

“I get to pitch at my home town field where I played throughout high school,” said Kruel. “It’s a great place, great atmosphere.”

Likewise, McGowin said he feels comfortable on the mound, he’s used to it. The two pitchers grew up watching the HCBL. According to Kruel, he has followed it since it first started.

“I love the league,” he said, “really enjoyable, and there are great people around me.”

Kruel , currently a sophomore at C.W. Post, has been pitching since he was nine, and says he has loved every minute of it. As he entered college, he stopped hitting to focus on pitching, and admits the transition was difficult.

“It’s tremendously different,” he said. “I didn’t realize how different, how competitive it would get, but I’ve achieved the next step, and I believe I’ve gotten a lot better.”

McGowin started pitching in 7th grade, and pitched all four years of high school.

Currently a sophomore at Savannah State University, he is thrilled to be pitching in the HCBL.

“I feel good so far, I’ve had a good year,” he said, “And last year I had a good year. That’s another reason I wanted to come back. I feel it’s a really good pitchers’ league.”

The HCBL is a pitchers’ league, both observed, because of the use of wood bats instead of metal bats, which are more commonly used in collegiate baseball. The Division I conference that McGowin pitches in at Savannah State uses metal bats, which both he and Kruel say behave very differently.

“With metal bats,” said McGowin, “you can jam someone and they can still get a little flare hit. If you jam someone with a wood bat, the bat is done.” The East Coast conference that Kruel pitches in at Post, however, uses wood bats, and he says it has gotten a lot easier as a pitcher to work.

“There’s going to be less pop from the bat,” said Kruel. “When I spot up it’s a lot easier to pitch, I don’t have to worry about the ball going as far.”

Brandon Kruel is majoring in physical education in his second year at C.W. Post. Kyle McGowin is majoring in criminal justice at Savannah State. Both say that they would like to pursue baseball professionally.

Sports Wrap 6/21/12

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Suffolk County All-League Dinner

The Suffolk County All-League Dinner took place at Villa Lombardi’s last Wednesday, June 13, to celebrate the athletic achievements of high school athletes. This year, the Pierson/Bridgehampton Varsity Baseball team received a number of awards. Suffolk County All-League awards were given to seniors Hunter Leyser, Sean Hartnett and Paul Dorego, juniors Jake Bennet and Colman Vila, and sophomore Aaron Schiavoni. Vila and Schiavoni were also awarded All-County. Senior Michael Heller was awarded Academic All-League. The “Al Desiderio” Small School Tournament MVP – Class C award was given to Colman Vila. Pierson/Bridgehampton also received several team awards, including the Walt Williams Award for Best League Winning Percentage, and the Robert A. Collotta Memorial/Newsday Cup, for the Class A, B, C, or D team that advances the furthest in the New York State Tournament.

Sag Harbor Whalers

The Sag Harbor Whalers are still currently in last place in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, but improved their overall record this week to 3-9, now 4.5 games back from the North Fork Ospreys. After a tough loss to the Ospreys, the Whalers defeated the Center Moriches Battlecats 8-6 on Friday, June 15, but fell 7-3 against them the next day at Mashashimuet Park. An extra inning battle against the Shelter Island Bucks on June 17 was an amazing effort by the Whalers, but the Bucks capitalized on two playing errors in the bottom of the 10th inning to score two runs in their 7-6 victory over the Whalers. On Tuesday, June 19, the Whalers defeated the Southampton Breakers 6-4. The game was tied 4-4 going into the top of the 9th inning, until slugger Dennis Mitchell rocked a two run homerun straight over the center field wall. Whalers pitching held off the Breakers to seal the victory.

Fourth Time Not a Charm

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by Andrew Rudansky

It wasn’t that long ago that the Sag Harbor Whalers were the first seed in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. Sure they were only on that high perch for little more than a day, falling after they lost to the North Fork Ospreys on Tuesday, July 5, but at the time they looked to be the world-beaters of the division.

In the ten games that led to them garnering that number one seed, the Whalers had a record of 8-2, beating every other team in the division at least once and outscoring their opponents 40 to 20.

The Whalers were cashing in on the stellar success to their bullpen, still the best in the division with an Earned Run Average (ERA) of 2.54.

With more than half of the season over, it looked to be the Whalers’ year — a welcome thought for fans that haven’t seen the team in a playoff game since 2008.

But a lot has changed since that July 5 loss to the Ospreys.

The Whalers have struggled this week; they dropped two games to the Westhampton Aviators and split a two game series with the Riverhead Tomcats, sending them down to fourth place. These recent struggles have fans scratching their heads and wondering what happened.

The first loss against the Aviators on Wednesday, July 6 was a 5-1 shellacking at Mashashimuet Park. The Whalers couldn’t touch righty pitcher Ray Angelucci, who held the Whalers to just four hits and one run through seven and half innings.

The next game on Saturday, July 9, this time an away game for the Whalers, was another disappointing loss against Westhampton. This time the Whalers were held scoreless at 2-0. Again the story was the Aviators bullpen, through six-and-a-half innings Aviators righty Ryan Doran threw eight strikeouts and only two walks.

After the two back-to-back losses against Westhampton, the Whalers showed signs of life when they hosted the Riverhead Tomcats on Sunday, July 10. The home team came out roaring in the first inning, with two singles and an RBI double that sent second baseman J.J. Franco home before the Tomcats made their first out.

The Tomcats looked in disarray. With a number of unforced fielding errors and substandard pitching, the visitors dug themselves into a 5-0 hole in the first inning of the game.

While the Whalers piled on runs at the plate, Whalers tall righty, Kyle McGowin, a Sag Harbor native, dominated on the mound. McGowin pitched five innings, allowing only two hits and no runs in his best performance this season.

The Whalers put on a clinic on Sunday’s game, tallying 11 hits and 7 RBIs in an impressive 9-3 victory.

“[The Tomcats] helped us out a little bit,” said Whalers manager Jim Buckley of the victory. “Obviously they had some defensive issues in the first [inning], they really gave us that five run lead.”

The game was stopped briefly in the seventh inning when Whalers J.J. Franco was taken off the field with a knee injury. A collision with Tomcat runner Eric Schlitter laid Franco out. Franco, eventually walked off the field, and later said of the injury that it was probably only a muscle strain.

“I think a day off tomorrow [for Monday, July 11 ACBL All Star game] is good timing,” said Franco after the game. He has already missed one game due to the injury but is expected to return to the starting lineup soon.

On Tuesday, July 12, the Whalers took on the Tomcats again but lost after a back-and-forth barnburner. The game was tied at 4-4 until the bottom of the seventh inning when Tomcat Frank Schwindel was hit by a pitch from reliever Paul Mittura. The HBP came at the worst possible moment for the Whalers, who were dealing with a bases loaded, two outs situation. Holding on to their 5-4 lead, the last-place Tomcats waltzed out with a much needed victory.

Currently the Whalers are 12-14 on the season, but luckily for them this sub .500 record is only three-and-a-half games out of first place. Currently a fourth seed, they still have a spot in the playoffs; but they can still slip out of contention if they don’t start winning. Despite this Buckley is unconcerned with the Whalers recent struggles.

“With our pitching staff, I don’t think you should count us out at all,” said Buckley, “our pitching is going to keep us in every single game.”

All-Star Game

This past Monday, July 11, the best of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League met at Brooklyn MCU Park to compete in the East-West 2011 ACBL All-Star Game. In a close game, the East Division, of which the Sag Harbor Whalers and the entire Hamptons Division is a part, came out on top with a 5-4 victory.

Four Whalers, three of them pitchers, were selected to represent the East in the game. Third Baseman Ryan Kreskey, who leads the Whalers in hits, runs and on base percentage (OBS), helped push the East to victory with one run.

The three Whalers pitchers, Adam Brown (L), Kevin McCarthy (R), Kurt Marut (R), made up one-third of the entire East All-Star team bullpen. Each of the pitchers pitched for one inning.

“These are guys who have stood out this year,” said Whalers Manager Jim Buckley of the four all-stars, “we have talked to them and told them to go out and do what they have been doing all year.”

Whalers Head Home: Summer Ball Memories Give Way to College

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By Benito Vila

Good things always end too soon. And so it was with the Sag Harbor Whalers’ season in the 2009 Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. A strong start came undone, injuries leading the team to limp into an 18-22 finish. That record left the team in fifth place, four games out of the final playoff spot.

The Whalers completed their season last Thursday, splitting a two-site doubleheader, dropping a noontime game in Riverhead to the Tomcats, 7-3, and taking the afternoon match-up in Westhampton, 5-0, over the Aviators. The afternoon game saw Whaler coach Scott June bring position players in to pitch, the regular pitching staff worn down by the make-up schedule and their availability limited by their college coaches.

Right fielder Kyle Zarotney (Central Connecticut) started and went four innings, allowing just two hits and striking out seven. Outfielder J.T. Tomes (Harvard) came on to strike out a batter in the fifth before first baseman Mike Labrozzi (Farmingdale State and Sag Harbor’s Pierson High School) relieved him.

Labrozzi, who had not pitched since the second game of the Suffolk County Class C finals in 2005, completed the shutout, setting down 14 of the 19 batters he faced. Four hits and a walk were all the Aviators could muster against Labrozzi, who used a combination of fastballs and sliders to strike out four, inducing seven fly ball outs and three groundouts.

Afterwards, Labrozzi said, “Surprisingly, I threw a lot of strikes. My slider had decent movement for not throwing one for four years. I didn’t always know exactly where it was going. I just kept throwing it and it worked out.”

Asked about the highlights of his season, Labrozzi answered, “Pitching. That and my first at-bat of the season, hitting a home run over the fence in my first at-bat in the park since high school. That was great.”

The Season As It Was

Whaler general manager Sandi Kruel, who arranged for team housing, transportation, trainers, meals and more, shared that same sentiment about that first Labrozzi at-bat. She said, “being able to watch Mike as a nine-year old, follow him through the years and know how bad he had wanted to have a fence at the park and watch his first at bat was worth a million dollars.”

In coordinating everything from workouts to haircuts and communicating with college coaches and professional scouts, Kruel describes her summer as a learning experience, noting, “Spending days with major league scouts and learning what they want and what they look for and the reality of what it takes to get to that level was very educational.”

She added, “Spending hours with this group of young men and watching them grow as players and young men was amazing. They played hard through way-too-many injuries. They made me laugh. They called me ‘mom’ and they we like my sons for eight weeks. They were a good group of kids who played hard and showed a work ethic that will help them get to the next level.”

Coach June came away from the season with a similar feeling. He felt that “Not one moment will stay with me as much as getting to know the young men. I had a great time with the players and know they all have bright futures both on and off the field.”

When pressed on who might have come away from the season high-up with the scouts, Coach June said, “Brandon Boykin (Rutgers) has the rare combination of power and speed. Stanley Fich (Stanford) has a tremendous amount of potential and it will be fun to see how he develops. Kyle Crean (Albany) is a great hitter and Ed Squeri (Dowling) can play short with anybody and the more you see him play the more you appreciate him. Kyle Zarotney has size and power. He needs more experience but he may have a future on the mound.”

For the record, Squeri led the team in hitting at .349, second in the Kaiser Division and tenth overall. Crean was third in the division at .345. Fich hit .305 and Labrozzi an even .300. Boykin batted .287 and was 14-for-14 in stolen bases. Crean led the team in RBIs with 20. Labrozzi and Fich each had 19 RBIs and also tied for the team lead in home runs at three apiece.

East Hampton grad Gardner Leaver (Rhode Island) started the season as the team’s top pitcher, but an injury limited him to a 2-0 record, 18 strikeouts and a miniscule 0.84 ERA in 21 innings. James McNamara (Anna Maria) came on to throw 41 innings, most on the club, posting a 1-3 mark despite a 1.98 ERA. Steve King (Farmingdale State, 3-2, 3.06 ERA) and Steve Faulkner (New York Tech, 3-3, 4.91 ERA) also pitched over 32 innings apiece. Patrick Shanahan (Fisher) showed some life in his pitches, striking out 36 in 28 innings, but saw things go south when he was on the mound in posting a 4.50 ERA and an 0-3 mark.

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In summarizing what went into making the season a success for the players, Kruel acknowledged, “It takes a lot of work to get this off the ground and without all the local help from our host families and our local businesses, we couldn’t do it. The volunteerism that it takes is something most couldn’t imagine. Without the people that helped out like Espresso, Conca D’Oro, Dr. Petrocelli, Joe Burns and everyone who got involved, it wouldn’t happen.”

 “These kids leave their hometowns from all over the country and we as a community host them and we do it like no other. The level of baseball they play is something to see and to know that there is a real possibility that one day some of these kids are going to be in the Major Leagues is a neat thing to have witnessed.”

The Aviators took the Kaiser Division crown this week, with a 7-1 win over the North Fork Ospreys on Tuesday. Tonight they host the Wolff Division winner at 5 p.m. on Hite Field in Westhampton. The Jersey Pilots and the Lehigh Valley Catz were playing a doubleheader last night to settle who would be coming east to start the best-of-three finals.