Bellport baseball coach Bill Batewell gets 500th win

Bill Batewell smiles at the Suffolk County Sports

Bill Batewell smiles at the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame. (May 6, 2010) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Bellport coach Bill Batewell became the sixth Suffolk baseball coach to reach the 500-victory mark when the Clippers beat West Babylon, 6-1, in a League V game Thursday.

Batewell coached Sachem from 1975 until 2004, winning 452 varsity games, and has been at Bellport since 2008. His career record is 500-338-5 (East Islip's Sal Ciampi is No. 1 at 601.) "It's a testament to longevity," Batewell said. "It's a result of having good players and good assistant coaches."

And he's far from satisfied: "At Sachem we had six league titles and two Suffolk championships. But that's my desire before I walk down the road; I want to pin one on the wall here at Bellport."

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