Oyster Bay's Robert Morgan clears the bases with a three-run,...

Oyster Bay's Robert Morgan clears the bases with a three-run, two-out triple in the sixth inning against Cold Spring Harbor, making the score 5-1 Oyster Bay. (Apr. 4, 2011) Credit: James Escher

When most of Oyster Bay's starting lineup, including its All-County battery, graduated at the end of last season, it seemed as if the power finally would go out for the Baymen, who had won four straight Nassau championships. They'd need a new ace and some heavy bats.

Monday against Cold Spring Harbor, the new kids provided a little of both.

Robert Morgan's backbreaking three-run triple with two outs in the sixth and Joe Siringo's four-hit, 13-strikeout performance helped introduce a new era to Oyster Bay baseball as the Baymen defeated visiting Cold Spring Harbor, 6-2, in Conference BC.

"We don't have the bats we used to," Siringo said. "We lost a lot. But we're a really good team . . . Last year, the JV went 18-1. We have a lot of kids who can do a little bit."

It took three innings for Oyster Bay to get to Cold Spring Harbor's hard-throwing lefthander, Sean O'Neill.

With Oyster Bay trailing 1-0 and one out in the inning, Blake Meyer reached on an error and was balked into scoring position. Cassidy Exum's blooper fell in front of diving leftfielder Justin Suter just inside the line for an RBI double, and Willie Treiber put the Baymen ahead for good with an RBI grounder to second.

Meanwhile, Siringo displayed a popping fastball and a devastating changeup in his 61/3 innings. He allowed two hits and a walk in the fourth inning but got out of trouble with help from rightfielder Dillon Robinson, who cut down Evan Solomon trying to go from first to third on a single.

With the score still 2-1 with two outs in the sixth, Michael Maloney doubled to center and Siringo and Chris Kelly each walked to bring up Morgan with the bases loaded. He stroked an inside fastball the other way for a triple that just glanced off Matt Allen's extended glove.

Morgan came around to score when the ball was misplayed on the relay, giving the Baymen the five-run advantage.

"All I wanted to do was put the ball in play," he said.

The Seahawks threatened in the seventh, chasing Siringo with one on and one out. Reliever Kelly allowed three of the next four batters to reach -- with one run scoring that was charged to Siringo -- before inducing Suter to fly out with runners at the corners.

Not bad for a team with only one senior and a mostly new crew of starters.

"There is pressure," Morgan said. "There are expectations for us, but I'm looking forward to filling those shoes."