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Morse, Wangenstein, Buckshaw lead Connetquot

Connetquot RF Marc Wangenstein, right, gets congratulated by

Connetquot RF Marc Wangenstein, right, gets congratulated by teammates Dave Brehm, left, and Brandon Morse after connecting for his second home run of the game in the top of the fourth inning of a Suffolk County League II varsity baseball game versus host Northport on April 1, 2014. Photo Credit: James Escher

Brandon Morse did something so rare Tuesday that it taxed his coach's memory.

The Connetquot junior went 5-for-5 -- three doubles, two singles -- with an RBI in a 9-4 win over Northport in Suffolk League II baseball. "I can't remember the last time that's happened,'' coach Anthony Ambrosini said. "That was an outstanding performance.''

Morse wasn't the only one who had a great batting day for the Thunderbirds. Sophomore Marc Wangenstein went 2-for-5, hitting his first home runs as a varsity player.

Usually, the leadoff hitter's job is to get things started, but Wangenstein knew how to finish. His first homer, a two-run shot, went to right-centerfield, and the second was a blast to straightaway center.

"To be honest with you, I've also never seen two balls hit out at this park before,'' Ambrosini said. "And he crunched both of them.''

Dwayne Page, Jeff Sarra and Aaron Gagliano each had an RBI single for Connetquot (4-0). Northport is 2-2.

Stony Brook-bound Matt Buckshaw struck out six in four innings, allowing two unearned runs, three hits and three walks. He's back after enduring Tommy John surgery and ACL surgery.

The coaches are increasing Buckshaw's pitch count gradually. "I'm easing into it and pitching more every week,'' said Buckshaw, who is 2-0 without allowing an earned run in eight innings. "But my stats don't matter much as long as we end the season with a county championship.''

Connetquot is looking to win its second Class AA title in three years. "The chemistry of seniors and underclassmen is a great mix,'' Ambrosini said.

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