Mustangs Clip Ospreys' Wings

Joe Broderick was the winning pitcher. Jack Graves

Spurred on by a desire to win the franchise's first-ever Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League championship, the third-seeded Montauk Mustangs swept the second-seeded North Ospreys this past weekend, 13-4 and 10-7.

"The guys are focusing at the right time," the Mustang's coach, Mitchell Feller, said after Sunday's clinching win at the Montauk School.

It looked as if Montauk had put the game away with a six-run second, which upped the margin to 7-3, but, as Feller had said before the game, "the Ospreys can swing it -- you can never count them out."

Going into the bottom of the fourth, it was 7-7, though a bases-loaded single by Eric Hassell and a sac fly by Tom Brady in that frame put the Mustangs ahead for good. Rob Vani crushed a home run over the left field fence in the sixth to nail down the lid.

The Mustangs' starter, Joe Broderick, shut down the North Forkers in the fifth, sixth, and seventh, leaving Josh Walker and Zach Barnes to finish up.

Monday was an off day. The championship series with the Westhampton Aviators is to begin Tuesday at the Westhampton Elementary School, at 4 p.m. Game two is to be played at the Montauk School Wednesday at 4, and, if necessary, a third game will be played in Westhampton on Thursday, also at 4.