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Jul 11, 2017 11:21 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Late Runs Power North Over South In Fifth Annual HCBL All-Star Game; Aviator Climo Wins Home Run Derby

Long Island shortstop Nick Grande (Stony Brook) throws to first for an out. DREW BUDD
Jul 11, 2017 11:21 AM

The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball North All-Stars are back on top.

Scoring 13 of their 14 runs in the seventh and eighth innings, the HCBL North team defeated the HCBL South All-Stars, 14-5, in the fifth annual HCBL All-Star Game at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank on Monday. The North won the first three All-Star Games before falling to the South in last year’s mid-summer game.

The North—made up of players from the Long Island Road Warriors, North Fork Ospreys, Riverhead Tomcats and Shelter Island Bucks—had trailed the South—comprised of players from the Sag Harbor Whalers, Southampton Breakers and Westhampton Aviators—by three runs at 4-1 through the first six innings before exploding for six runs in the bottom of the seventh, four of them unearned. The North then blew the game wide open with seven runs in the eighth.

Riverhead’s George Bell (Connors State) was named the Most Valuable Player of the game, finishing 2 for 2 with a three-run home run that powered the North’s seven-run eighth. Riverhead’s Freddy Sabido (Wagner), who started at first base for the North, also hit a home run.

Southampton pitcher Evan Tubbs (St. Edwards) started for the South and pitched a perfect first inning with a strikeout.

Climo Wins Derby

Westhampton Aviator Cam Climo (UMass-Lowell) leads the HCBL with home runs (7) so it was not much of a surprise that he won the third annual Home Run Derby, which was held prior to Monday’s All-Star Game.

Climo beat out Southampton’s Trevor Thompson (Hartford), 9-3, in the final round. He led all competitors in the quarterfinal with nine home runs. Riverhead’s Freddy Sabido (Wagner) and Long Island’s Marc Wangenstein (Albany) advanced to the next round with five home runs each. North Fork’s Parker Bates (Louisiana Tech), Sag Harbor’s Justin Lebek (Davidson) and Thompson all finished in a three-way tie with three home runs. Thompson won the four-out tiebreaker with two home runs to move on to the semifinal round.

Thompson set a new HCBL record for home runs in one round with 10 in the semis and easily advanced to the finals. Climo and Sabido tied for the remaining spot in the championship round with six homers each. Climo won the tiebreaker, 1-0, over Sabido to face Thompson in the finals.

Climo equaled his total from the quarterfinal round with nine in the finals, including a couple of shots that hit the light tower in left field at Baseball Heaven. He finished with a combined total of 25 home runs, falling one short of the all-time record set by Aaron Ping, another Aviator, who hit 26 last season. Thompson finished with 18.

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