The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League is set to hold its inaugural All-Star Game this Saturday with the North Fork All-Stars facing off against the South Fork All-Stars at 7 p.m. The game will be played at Cochran Park in Peconic, which was given a little bit of a face lift in advance of this season with brand new dugouts. A new scoreboard beyond the right field fence was installed last year.
The North Fork team will be represented by the North Fork Ospreys, Riverhead Tomcats and Shelter Island Bucks and will be headed by Tomcats manager Randy Caden. The South Fork squad will be comprised of players from the Center Moriches Battlecats, Westhampton Aviators, Southampton Breakers and Sag Harbor Whalers and will be managed by Center Moriches manager Bill Batewell.
Seven Sag Harbor players made the South Fork team. That includes pitchers Jacob Bodner (Xavier), Jonathon Mulford (Adelphi), John Nicklas (Boston College), infielders J.J. Franco (Brown) and Justin Montemayor (Houston), outfielder Dan Shea (Monmouth) and designated hitter Adam Gauthier (Dartmouth). There are seven Southampton players on the team, which includes pitchers Max Almonte (Villanova) and Kyle Rovig (South Alabama), catcher David Real (Arizona), infielders David Leiderman (Hofstra), Jonathan Ramon (Evansville) and Ben Ruta (Wagner) and outfielder Kyle Zech (Stetson).
The Westhampton Aviators also had seven players make the South Fork team. Pitchers Kyle Raleigh (Ball State) and Jim Ploeger (Arkansas Pine Bluff), infielders J.C. Brandmaier (Dowling), Mitch Montaldo (Penn) and Ryan Spaulding (Ball State), along with outfielders Joey Havirlak (Akron) and Cole Miller (Georgia Tech) were all selected as All-Stars.
Many of the All-Stars selected lead the league, or are in the top five, in statistical categories. Montaldo is tied with four other players with five home runs. Brandmaier leads the league in hitting with a .385 average and is fourth in RBIs with 21. Zech is second in the league in batting average (.352). Mulford is tied for the league-lead in wins (4) with North Fork’s David Jesch. Nicklas is second in the league in strikeouts with 34 in 39.1 innings pitched.