Shoreham-Wading River's Mike O'Reilly knew his team needed a win Tuesdayto have a shot at the county title. It was do-or-die for the top-seeded Wildcats and the senior righty pitched a gem to lead them to a 6-0 road win over No. 2 Bayport-Blue Point in the Suffolk Class A Finals.
O'Reilly threw a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts and just three walks. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a three-run double in the top of the seventh. With the win, the Wildcats (19-5) forced a deciding game for the Class A title at home against the Phantoms (18-5) Wednesdayat 4 p.m.
"Mike is a really special player," Shoreham-Wading River coach Sal Mignano said. "I wouldn't be more confident in anyone else in this situation."
O'Reilly received some early run support in the top of the second, as Dan Luppens led off the inning with a home run to left.
The Wildcats used small-ball in the fifth to add to their 1-0 lead. Tyler Osik led off the inning with a single and Drew Sperruzzi moved courtesy-runner Chris Moran over to second with a sacrifice bunt. Mike DiSanti hit an infield single and Moran advanced to third. Then, with a 2-1 count, pinch-hitter Jack Massa laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt that scored Moran.
Shoreham-Wading River put the game away in the seventh, scoring four runs.