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07/24/14 12:06pm

 

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.

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…)

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07/23/14 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO| Bucks John LaRossa sliding safely home against the North Fork Ospreys at Fiske Filed July 18.

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…)

07/21/14 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Some baseball players showed up at the Island Boatyard, 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.

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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…)

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07/21/14 12:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Trevor Freeman sliding safely into second against the Riverhead Tomcats Sunday at Fiske Field.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Trevor Freeman sliding safely into second against the Riverhead Tomcats Sunday at Fiske Field.

With a chance to move into first place in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League Sunday evening at Fiske Field, the Shelter Island Bucks came up just short of the opportunity. In front of a packed house in their second to last regular season home game of the season, the Bucks fell 3-2 to the Riverhead Tomcats. (more…)

07/18/14 12:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Jon Karcich in rare relaxation mode from a hectic but fulfilling schedule managing the Shelter Island Bucks.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO |
Jon Karcich in rare relaxation mode from a hectic but fulfilling schedule managing the Shelter Island Bucks.

Like Silver Queen corn, the Shelter Island Bucks are a sweet and fleeting part of a Shelter Island summer. For a couple of months, we get to enjoy baseball at its finest: crisp and accomplished, played by college athletes.

Of the 45,000 or so young men playing baseball at the college level, only a handful go on to play professional baseball. Shelter Island Bucks Manager Jon Karcich was one of the chosen few when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 2009. (more…)