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Jul 9, 2019 2:17 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

HCBL Set To Feature Its Top Players In Seventh Annual All-Star Game This Weekend

Jul 9, 2019 3:10 PM

The seventh annual Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game is set to take place this Saturday, July 13, at Cochran Park in Peconic at 6:30 p.m.The game will feature the Blue Team, made up of players from Westhampton, Southampton, Riverhead and North Fork, which will square off against the Red Team, featuring players from Sag Harbor, Shelter Island and Long Island.

The Blue Team, which will be managed by Westhampton Aviators manager Alex Brosnan, includes a number of players from both Westhampton and Southampton. Westhampton pitchers Erubiel Candelario (Marist), Harrison Cohen (George Washington), Ryan Smith (Boston College), and Logan Verrino (Florida Southern) were all selected along with their infield teammates Eric Callahan (Millersville), Chaney Dodge (Northwestern State), and Bailey Peterson (Michigan State), and outfielder Daniel Franchi (Binghamton). Southampton pitchers Cole Humes (Lehigh) and Joe Cinnella (Seton Hall), infielder Robbie Holmes (Monmouth), and outfielders Johnny Hipsman (Richmond) and Michael Ferrara (UNC Greensboro) were all selected to the team as well.

The Red Team will be led by Sag Harbor Whalers manager James Pereira and he’ll have a number of his players joining him on the squad. Pitchers Kevin Eaise (Pennsylvania), Cory Hiltz (Monmouth), Nathan Moore (Cincinnati), and Ryan Taurek (St. Mary’s) will be featured on the team, along with catcher Matthew Donlan (Stonehill), infielders Brock Franks (Northwest Florida State), Peter Marren (Bucknell) and Matt Woods (Bryant), and outfielders Andrew Bates (South Alabama) and River Town (LSU Eunice).

Derby Lineup Is Set

The fifth annual HCBL Home Run Derby is set to take place at 3 p.m. prior to the All-Star Game on Saturday.

The league announced late Sunday night that seven players had been selected with an eighth to be decided by an online fan vote. Sag Harbor’s Andrew Bates, Southampton’s Robbie Holmes, Westhampton’s Sean O’Keefe (Western Michigan), Long Island’s Eric Roubal (Queens), North Fork’s Anthony Fontana (Furman), Riverhead’s Louis Antos (Queens) and Shelter Island’s John Shields (Lipscomb) were all selected by the league to participate in the derby.

Fans had the option of voting once a day from Sunday through Wednesday for one of seven players for the eighth and final spot in the derby. They included Long Island’s Lukas Olsson (SUNY Oswego), North Fork’s Drake Peggs (Eastern Michigan), Riverhead’s Jarred Greene (California/Santa Barbara), Sag Harbor’s Matt Woods (SAG), Shelter Island’s Mike Guanci Jr. (Trinity), Southampton’s Johnny Hipsman and Westhampton’s Landon Gray (Tennessee). As of Tuesday afternoon, nearly 1,000 votes were cast, but it was not known who was in the lead.

Aviators, Tomcats 
Atop Standings

A strong run by the Riverhead Tomcats, one in which they’ve gone 8-2 in their last 10 games, have pulled them within a tie of first place with the Westhampton Aviators (19-10-1), as of Tuesday afternoon. The two teams met on Sunday and split a doubleheader in Calverton.

A solo home run from Jarred Greene was all the Tomcats needed to win game one of the doubleheader. Brian Hendry (St. John’s) and Joshua Becker (UMass-Lowell) combined to give up just one hit in the seven innings. Westhampton came right back in game two and scored single runs in the first, second, third and fourth innings to take a 4-0 lead. Riverhead scored three in the bottom of the fourth, but a sacrifice fly by Landon Gray provided an insurance run for the Aviators in the top of the seventh, and they hung on for the 5-3 victory.

The Sag Harbor Whalers (14-13) sat in the fourth and final playoff spot, as of Tuesday afternoon, with less than three weeks left to the regular season. They’ve been playing .500 baseball over the past two weeks or so, but got a nice shot in the arm when they swept Long Island on Sunday at home at Mashashimuet Park, which was visited by former New York Mets pitcher John Franco, Sag Harbor native and Washington Nationals pitcher Kyle McGowin and former New York Yankee and current Long Island Road Warriors pitching coach Danny Burawa.

Sag Harbor was trailing by five runs going into the bottom of the seventh when they screamed back to plate six for the comeback victory in game one on Sunday. A single by Lucas Stalman (Boston College) scored John Lopez (St. Mary’s) with the game-winning run. The Whalers needed less heroics in game two, scoring all five runs in the first three innings to go on and win, 5-2.

The Southampton Breakers (10-18-1) are trying to turn their season around, having won three straight and four of their last five, including a doubleheader sweep of the Shelter Island Bucks on Sunday and a 2-1 victory over Long Island on Monday. Rob Lucano (Hofstra) had a strong start on the mound for the Breakers in that Monday victory, not allowing a run and just four hits and a walk in seven innings. A bases-loaded walk by Mason Marquez (California/Santa Barbara) forced in what ended up being the winning run in the seventh.

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