On Friday afternoon, the baseball team secured the program’s first playoff championship since 1999 in a 10-0 win over Portledge. T. J. Wachter’s two mammoth home runs supplied the offense while Joe Wozny overpowered the Panthers with 11 strikeouts in a three-hit shutout. Wozny’s championship performance was listed as one of six “Diamond Gems” for last week by Greg Sarra of Newsday. He was in good company:
Thomas Gabriele, Southampton: He hammered three home runs, drove in seven runs and went 6-for-6 in a 15-0 win over Southold Thursday.
Anthony Cinquemani, West Islip: Pitched a perfect game and struck out six Wednesday in a 10-0 win over Bellport.
Timothy Melendez, Elmont: He struck out 19 in a one-hitter in a 9-0 win over Lawrence on Tuesday.
Nick DeGaetano, Whitman: He scattered seven hits in a 10-0 win over first-place Commack on Monday. The shutout started a three-game sweep for the Wildcats to grab a playoff spot.
Joe Wozny, Stony Brook: Threw a three-hitter and struck out 11 in a 10-0 victory over Portledge for the PSAA title.
Andrew Zupicich, Garden City: He went 4-for-4, including a three-run home run in a 7-5 win over Carey Tuesday.