Center Moriches Team To Begin Play In 2012

11/21/2011, 7:36am (EST)

By HCB

Hamptons Collegiate Baseball Adds Sixth Squad To Summer Ball Organization

 On Friday, November 18, the Center Moriches Battlecats officially became the sixth member of Hamptons Collegiate Baseball (HCB), further bolstering one of the country’s premier summer baseball organizations.

“Hamptons Collegiate Baseball Is thrilled to bring in the Battlecats for the upcoming summer,” said HCB President Brett Mauser. “Center Moriches is a terrific baseball community, and we look forward to showcasing some of the country’s top collegiate talent at Paul Gibson Field.”

Headed by president Anthony Eaderesto, the Battlecats join the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League’s Hampton Division after several seasons in the FABL College Wood Bat Division. Ed Morris Sr., executive director of the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame in Patchogue, has been named the team’s general manager. The Battlecats will be managed by Bellport High head coach Bill Batewell, who had won more than 450 games at Sachem before taking the reins of the Clippers.

The Battlecats will begin play in the 2012 season, which is set to begin on or around June 4. They will compete for the ACBL Hampton Division crown against the North Fork Ospreys, Riverhead Tomcats, Southampton Breakers, Sag Harbor Whalers and defending champion Westhampton Aviators. The ACBL season will continue through the first week of August, at which time the league championship will be decided.

HCB alumni include former UConn shortstop Nick Ahmed, 2011 second-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves; former Texas State third baseman Kyle Kubitza, 2011 third-round draft pick of the Braves; and former Stony Brook righthanded pitcher Nick Tropeano, 2011 fifth-round draft pick of the Houston Astros. In 2011, twelve HCB alumni played at the professional level, including in the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations, as well as the independent Can-Am League.

Hamptons Collegiate Baseball is supported by major sponsors Emil Norsic & Son, Inc., Hampton Jitney, Bridgehampton National Bank, Prudential Douglas Elliman and Lettieri Construction. All HCB games are free to the public.

The Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL) was founded in 1967, with 2012 teams stationed in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. ACBL alumni include 3,000 Hit Club member Craig Biggio, 1988 American League Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola and 250-game winner Jamie Moyer. For more information on the ACBL, e-mail league president Tom Bonekemper (tbonekemper@verizon.net) or visit http://www.acbl-online.com.

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Fischer Signs with Briarcliffe

11/14/2011, 8:59am (EST)
By Briarcliffe Coaching Staff
Brandon Fischer (Northport H.S.) has signed early with Briarcliffe College (2011 USCAA Champions) after receiving a generous scholarship offer. Brandon is a right handed pitcher with above average velocity and also plays middle infield.
Briarcliffe head coach Ed Jusino said, “We are extremely happy Brandon chose to add his considerable talents to our program.  He is the type of player we are looking for, with excellent character and talent.  Briarcliffe has a winning tradition and adding Brandon will certainly help us continue on that path.”

Bandits coach Kevin Salmon who is also the pitching coach at Briarcliffe said, “Brandon had a great summer with the Bandits, he was dominating on the mound and an extremely tough out at the plate.  I am happy to see him bringing his game to the next level.”

After a very successful summer Brandon met with many colleges at the NCAA D1 and D2 level and fielded many offers, when asked why Briarcliffe Brandon stated,  “I felt it was important for me to stay a little closer and concentrate on my studies.  I am very excited to have this opportunity and am looking forward to taking my game to the college level. I hope to get my associates degree from Briarcliffe and then explore my options for finishing my undergraduate degree.  I am just excited to have this opportunity.”

While Brandon has already chosen his college, his sights are set towards a successful final season at Northport High School.  He will be striving for an all league / all county season.

Northport Varsity Coach
John De Martini said, “I’m very excited to have Brandon return to our 2012 Baseball Team here at Northport HS.  Last season, Brandon was one of our starting pitchers and we look forward to him continuing in that role.  He will play an integral part in our team achieving, once again, a playoff position.  He was an All-League Player in League II, in Suffolk County as a junior, while also playing shortstop and being an everyday player in our lineup.  He was the winning pitcher in our post season play against the #2 seed in the County, an outstanding accomplishment for a junior. He throws and commands his above average fastball along with a breaking ball and change. Brandon spends a good deal of his time devoting himself to the improvement of his skills.  This industriousness and desire has been clearly evident by the results he has produced on the playing field.”