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Jul 10, 2018 11:59 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Team Red Defeats Team Blue In HCBL's Sixth Annual All-Star Game

Breaker Ryan Hatten (VMI) sends a double that just nearly missed being a home run to right center field. DREW BUDD
Jul 10, 2018 1:07 PM

The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank on Monday evening saw a format change for the sixth annual event.

Rather than using a North Fork/South Fork format like the previous five summers, the league decided to have players from teams in an odd-number position in the standings (as of June 30) make up Team Red, and the teams in an even-number position in the standings make up Team Blue. That led to players selected from the first place Long Island Road Warriors, the Riverhead Tomcats and Sag Harbor Whalers, who were tied for third, and the last place Southampton Breakers forming Team Red, managed by John Galanoudis of the Riverhead Tomcats; and second place Westhampton Aviators, fourth place North Fork Ospreys and sixth place Shelter Island Bucks creating Team Blue, which was managed by Westhampton manager Charlie Barbieri.

Skip Norsic, owner of the Southampton-based sanitation company Emil Norsic & Son, Inc., one of the original supporters and main sponsors for the HCBL, threw out the first pitch on Monday night, then, Team Red won the game, 12-5, over Team Blue. Riverhead’s Luke Oliphant (UMass/Amherst) was named the Most Valuable Player, driving in four runs on a pair of hits. Oliphant is the second straight Tomcat named All-Star MVP after George Bell (Connors State) earned the honors last season.

Players from HCBL’s South Fork teams that were named All-Stars included: Sag Harbor pitcher David Gately (Catholic), Sag Harbor pitcher Michael Marzonie (Boston College), Sag Harbor pitcher Max Spencer (Vassar), Southampton pitcher/fielder Jordan Schulefand (Richmond), Southampton pitcher Carson Seymour (Dartmouth), Sag Harbor catcher Nick Thornquist (UTSA), Sag Harbor infielder Jason Allbery (Creighton), Sag Harbor infielder Mario Camilletti (Oakland), Sag Harbor outfielder Joe Suozzi (Boston College), Westhampton pitcher Dean McCarthy (Elon), Westhampton pitcher Joey Prechtal (Toledo), Westhampton pitcher Aljo Sujak (William & Mary), Westhampton pitcher Tyler Thorington (Western Michigan), Westhampton catcher John Tuccillo (Stony Brook), Westhampton infielder Tyler Becker (Adelphi), Westhampton infielder Ethan Hajdukovic (Western Michigan), Westhampton infielder David Hogarth (William & Mary), and Westhampton outfielder Curtis Robison (Penn State).

Terwilliger Wins Derby

North Fork Osprey Ben Terwilliger (Maine) won this year’s home run derby, which preceded the All-Star Game on Monday afternoon. He defeated Westhampton’s Curtis Robison (Penn State), 1-0, in the finals.

Terwilliger almost didn’t make it past the quarterfinals. With four of the starting eight moving on, and Southampton’s Daniel Alfonzo (Adelphi), Westhampton’s Curtis Robison (Penn State) and Shelter Island’s Alex Volpi (Holy Cross) all hitting seven home runs each, Terwilliger and Westhampton’s Ryan Steckline (Monmouth) were tied with six dingers apiece and had to do a short tiebreaker, which Terwilliger won, 2-0. Terwilliger then hit two more homers in the semifinals to move on and face Robison who hit one home run to advance; Alfonzo and the current HCBL home run leader Volpi, failed to clear the fence and didn’t advance.

Long Island’s Matt Codispoti (Albany), Riverhead’s Chris Stefl (St. John’s) and Sag Harbor’s Joe Suozzi (Boston College) also participated in this year’s derby. Steckline (Monmouth) was selected as the eighth and final participant by an online fan vote. Over 2,000 votes were cast over a four-day period last week and Steckline edged Road Warrior Eric Roubal (Queens) by just eight votes, the closest result in the four-year history of the online fan vote. Southampton’s Jimmy Joyce (Hoftsra) finished third and was only 15 votes short of Steckline’s total. The others who were up for the final spot included North Fork’s Brendan Bean (Penn), Shelter Island’s Jake MacKenzie (Fordham), Sag Harbor’s Connor Anderson (Paris JC) and Riverhead’s Alex Barrata (Binghamton).

Whalers Make Their Push

The Sag Harbor Whalers were sitting with an even .500 record at 7-7-2 a few weeks ago but going 7-4-1 over their past 12 games has pushed them into the playoff picture. At the All-Star break, Sag Harbor sat in a tie for third place with the Riverhead Tomcats with identical 14-11-3 records (31 points). Despite a five-game losing streak heading into the break, the Long Island Road Warriors still sat atop the standings at 18-10 (36 points) just ahead of the Westhampton Aviators (16-12, 32 points). The North Fork Ospreys (12-14-3, 27 points), Shelter Island Bucks (12-15-2, 26 points) and Southampton Breakers (7-20-1, 15 points) follow the Whalers and Tomcats in the standings. Although the Breakers are sitting in last place, those involved with the club noted that in 2014 and 2012 the team went on lengthy winning streaks that eventually led to league titles.

Pierson grad Nick Kruel (Tampa) allowed one run in a 5-1 complete game victory in the first game of a doubleheader against Long Island on Saturday. Kruel tied a Whalers record for career wins (eight) with current Washington Nationals prospect and fellow Sag Harbor native Kyle McGowin (Savannah State), who had eight wins between the 2011 and 2012 seasons. One more win would tie the HCBL career record held by former Whaler and Center Moriches Battlecat Adam Brown (Stony Brook/Dowling), who won nine games between 2010-2012.

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