On This Day in History | 1987

Baseball 1987
The ’87 Shrikes

On this day 31 years ago, the baseball team won the first Suffolk County Championship in program history with an 11-5 victory over Hampton Bays. The Shrikes earned a spot in the final after a three-run rally in the last of the 7th inning gave them a thrilling 7-6 win over Southampton the day before.

In the title game, the Baymen took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but the Blue and White vaulted ahead with a five-run second, all scored with two outs. Rob Dambra’s two-run single gave the Brook a 4-3 lead and Doug Alioth followed with a single to push the edge to 5-3.

The Baymen mustered two more runs in the 4th, but that was all the offense they would generate as the Brook tacked on a run in the 3rd and 4th innings, three more in the 5th, and a final run in the 6th. Dambra finished with 3 RBIs on 2 hits while Alioth (2 hits/ 2 RBIs), Mark Very (1 hit/ 2 RBIs), Chad Smith (1 hit/ 2 RBIs), and Dave Morabito (1 RBI) rounded out the offense. Jordan Nixon was a terror on the base paths with 2 hits, 2 stolen bases and 4 runs scored. Very earned the win with 7 sttikeouts in 3.1 innings while Dan Jewiss closed the door on the Baymen with 4 strikeouts over the final 3.2 innings.

The Bears went on to win the Class C/D Championship over Eastport before falling to Valley Stream North in the Regionals.



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