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Whalers Win—and So Do the Fans By Matt Ianno It is simultaneously nostalgic and invigorating: the sound of a baseball making contact with a bat. For many of us, it propels a collection of childhood memories to the forefront of our consciousness and commands our immediate attention to a baseball diamond. It’s 5 p.m. on the first Friday in June—opening day for Hamptons Collegiate Baseball The Boys of Summer, in practice photos from season one. (HCB) at Stony Brook’s Southampton campus. The visiting Sag Harbor Whalers are taking on the Southampton Breakers in the second season of HCB action; the largest division in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. The field at Stony Brook Southampton is neatly tucked away off Montauk Highway; close enough to hear the cars passing by on the busy road but far enough to be in its own element. On this day, a convivial breeze is massaging the trees surrounding the field and providing enough refreshment to keep the spectators comfortable in the 80-degree weather. Baseball weather. College players from across the country are chewing sunflower seeds and adjusting uniforms in preparation for the start of a 40-game schedule; one that keeps many players away from home for the summer. Southampton third baseman Blake Amaral, who hails from Hilo, Hawaii, traveled farther than any other player to compete in this league. “I came to this league to get away from home and get exposure,” Amaral told me. This is Amaral’s first time spending a summer away from his family, which supports him and is excited about his opportunity. Amaral hit .404 for Hawaii Pacific this past college season and was named to the First team All-Pac

West. He heard about the league after his college coach made some calls for him and got him involved with HCB. Amaral’s host family will provide him with a room and meals for the length of his summer schedule, which has him playing six games per week. Rusty Leaver, the President of HCB, started the league last year in hopes of (continued on page 44)

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Dan's Papers June 11, 2010  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...

Dan's Papers June 11, 2010  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...

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