One strike away from making more program history, Seaford baseball was unable to shut the door in the Long Island Class B championship game June 1 at St. Joseph’s University in Patchogue.
The Vikings, coming off their first-ever Nassau title six days earlier, held a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth but Babylon staged an improbably two-out rally with a game-tying single and a walk-off walk for a wild 6-5 victory.
“We outlasted the toughest pitcher we’ve faced all year and certainly were in a position to win,” Seaford coach Mike Milano said. “We were unable to scratch out another run to get it done in seven innings and give Babylon credit for the comeback.”
Both teams entered the matchup with identical 22-1 records. Seaford swept Locust Valley in the county finals behind its four All-County honorees — seniors Billy Kind, Stephen Ierides, Nick Apollo and Sean Costello — marking the first time in the 67-year history of the program it reached championship status. Kind, Apollo and Costello led a dominant pitching staff handled by Ierides behind the plate.
Costello, who batted .700 in the playoffs, started the LIC and went the first four innings. He was staked to a 2-0 first-inning lead thanks to RBI hits by Apollo, who drove in Costello with a double, and sophomore Jason Berthel, who singled home Apollo. Berthel also had an impressive afternoon at the hot corner with several highlight-reel defensive plays.