HCBL Sets All-Star Rosters, Whalers in Fourth Place

Sag Harbor Whalers Pitcher John LaPointe on the mound against the Long Island Road Warriors at Mashashimuet Park on Sunday, 7/7/19. Michael Heller photos

The seventh annual Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at Cochran Park in Peconic.

The game will feature the Blue Team, made up of players from Westhampton, Southampton, Riverhead and the North Fork, which will square off against the Red Team, featuring players from Sag Harbor, Shelter Island and the Long Island Road Warriors.

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).

Sag Harbor Whaler Catcher Matt Donlen warms up prior to the game on Sunday.

The HCBL Home Run Derby is set to take place at 3 p.m. prior to the All-Star Game on Saturday.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, with one still to be decided by fan vote.

Aviators, Tomcats Atop Standings

A strong run by the Riverhead Tomcats, who’ve gone 8-2 in their last 10 games, has pulled them into a tie for 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.

The Whalers (14-13) sat in the fourth and final playoff spot as of Tuesday afternoon with less than three weeks left in 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 runs 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.

Former Whaler — and now professional pitcher — Kyle McGowin throws at Mashashimuet Park on Sunday.