BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Strong pitching carried the Bucks to the playoffs and will be key to their success in the post season. Above, Isaac OBear of Grambling State University pitched to a 1.38 ERA during the regular season.
After missing the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League playoffs last season, the Shelter Island Bucks will be seeing postseason action in 2014.
A 21-19 record secured the Bucks’ the third seed in the playoffs. They will face the second seeded Sag Harbor Whalers in a best of three series. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The Bucks battled over the weekend to make the playoffs.
The Shelter Island Bucks put the finishing touches on their 2014 regular season the past couple of days, splitting a doubleheader at the Sag Harbor Whalers before falling to the Southampton Breakers on the road in the scheduled finale.
The Bucks finished the season at 21-19, good enough for third place in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League and one of four teams to make the playoffs. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO| Troy Socca launching a three run homer in the fifth inning against Montauk Wednesday at Fiske Field. The Bucks went on to win 8-1.
The Shelter Island Bucks’ offense came alive in their final regular season home game of the season Wednesday evening with an 8-1 victory over the Montauk Mustangs.
The win improved the Bucks’ record to two games over .500 at19-17 and kept them close for a Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League (HCBL) playoff spot. The Islanders are now tied for third place in the league with the Riverhead Tomcats, trailing the first place North Fork Ospreys by a single game. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO| Bucks John LaRossa sliding safely home against the North Fork Ospreys at Fiske Filed July 18.
A three-run bottom of the eighth inning for the Southampton Breakers sunk the Shelter Island Bucks on the road Tuesday night. The lone half inning proved the difference in the 4-2 loss for the Islanders, dropping their record to 18-17 on the season. (more…)
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Some baseball players showed up at the Island Boatyard Sunday, venue for Saturday’s Charity Cricket match, for a lesson. From left, David Shillingford behind son Digby, Charlie Binder, Matt BeltCappellino, Spencer Gibbs, Peter Miedema and kneeling, Basil Shillingford.
There’s a bat. A ball. Innings. Runs.
And that’s about it for similarities shared by baseball and cricket.
Oh, there’s also humor, the same whenever athletes of any sport get together.
Example: David Shillingford, English born, resident of the Island and one of the organizers of Saturday’s third annual Shelter Island Cricket Club Charity Match, was asked by someone the meaning of “a sticky wicket.”
Before he could answer, Peter Miedema, Shelter Island High School teacher and baseball coach, immediately said, “I got a shot of penicillin for that one time.” (more…)