It was a season to remember for Southampton Breakers starting pitcher Tim Ingram.
After earning Skyline Conference Pitcher of the Year accolades while at SUNY Old Westbury in the spring, Ingram continued to dominate hitters this summer in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. Opposing managers took notice of his exploits and, last week, honored Ingram as the league’s Pitcher of the Year.
Ingram earned seven first-place and one second-place vote for a total of 32 points, winning the award by 16 points over Westhampton’s Cody McPartland (Dowling). Shelter Island’s Max Watt (Lynn), Sag Harbor’s Alex Person (Southern New Hampshire) and North Fork’s Jake Cousins (Pennsylvania).
In seven regular season starts for the eventual league-champion Breakers, Ingram went a league-best 6-0 with a 3.40 earned run average. In 42 1/3 innings, he gave up 47 hits, walked a dozen and struck out 30. He went on to toss a complete game shutout in which he allowed just four hits in game one of the HCBL Championship series against Shelter Island.
Ingram has pitched only for small college programs—Old Westbury, a Division III school, and Nassau County Community College. He did make a pair of junior college World Series appearances while at Nassau, though, so pitching against good competition and in big games wasn’t new for Ingram.
“I really like competing and I think it was great playing against a high level of competition,” he said. “Once I got to [the HCBL], I knew I had to step it up.”
Southampton manager Rob Cafiero liked what Ingram brought to the table every time he took the mound. Ingram throws in the 88- to 91-mph range and could sustain his velocity from his first pitch to his last, something young pitchers usually have a hard time doing.
“He was one of those guys any coach would want to have out there to lead their pitching staff,” Cafiero said. “Every time he pitched he was going to give us a good performance, give us a chance to win—every time he went out there.”
Ingram plans on finishing his senior year at Old Westbury next year—hopefully, with a national championship—and said he will take things from there. He did say he had a blast while playing for the Breakers and it’ll be an experience he’ll never forget.
“I loved it. It was one of the best experiences of my life,” he said. “Everyone out there is awesome. It was one of my favorite teams I’ve played for. And, of course, I owe everything to my team. Without them I wouldn’t have gotten anything.”
The Southampton Breakers were close to sweeping the HCBL’s postseason accolades but, in the end, came up just a few points shy.
Mitchell McGeein (Eastern Michigan), who was the Most Valuable Player of the HCBL Championship Series, came in 11 points behind Riverhead’s Mike Donadio (St. John’s), who won the title with 33 points. McGeein actually garnered more first-place votes than Donadio—three compared to two—but four second-place votes and a single third-place vote pushed Donadio over the top and crowned him MVP.
Two other Breakers—Marquise Gill (Eastern Michigan) and Rob Moore (St. Peter’s)—also finished in the top five of voting, with Gill taking third and Moore fifth. North Fork’s Casey Baker (Stony Brook) finished fourth.
Cafiero said he was not at all upset that Donadio was named MVP instead of one of his players. “We couldn’t get him out and no other team could get him out,” he said, referring to the Tomcats’ player. “He’s well deserving of the MVP award. He was the best player in the league.
“I’m happy with the guys we had—Mitch, Marquise and other guys we had—in the top five,” Cafiero added. “They were well-deserving of it as well. It just so happens you could only pick one player.”