Author Archives: Mike Smith

About Mike Smith

Mike Smith has been with Hometown Media Group since 2007, serving as the company’s Sports Editor. Mike has been commended for his work by the New York Press Association, winning awards in 2008 for “Best Sports Feature” and again in 2009 as part of a team that put together “The Game,” a breakdown of the Harrison-Rye football rivalry, which won for “Best Special Section.” His weekly column, “Live Mike,” offers his unique insights into a broad range of topics in the sports world. He resides in Eastchester, N.Y. and spends most of his free time serving as the player-manager for a competitive men’s baseball team in New York City. Reach Mike at 914-653-1000 x22 or sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.

Panthers nab Class B crown

By MIKE SMITH With just one out to go in the Class B Championship game on May 31, Rye Neck catcher Tom Pipolo called time and trotted out to the mound to speak with Panther hurler Ryan Aquino. But this late-game mound meeting wasn’t about how to pitch to the final North Salem hitter of […]

Garnets take Class A

By MIKE SMITH On May 31, the Rye Garnets won their first section title in 30 years with a thrilling 6-5 win over Lakeland at Provident Bank Park. For the Garnets, who won just six games in 2013, the victory was not only a measure of how talented the ball club is, but also how […]

Tigers fall in finals

By MIKE SMITH Any loss in a title game is a hard one to take, but Haldane’s 7-3 win over Tuckahoe on May 31 was an especially tough pill to swallow for Tiger fans, as a lack of offensive production coupled with some questionable officiating combined to end a promising season on a sour note. […]

Tigers fall short on prom night

By MIKE SMITH When the Tuckahoe-Bronxville softball team escaped with an 8-7 win over Yonkers-Monetssori on May 27, it was a bittersweet moment for Tiger coach John McGrath. His team had just pulled off a first-round playoff win, but the skipper knew his squad’s season was effectively over at that point. With a semifinal-round mat-chup […]

Rye Neck falls in finals

On May 31, Rye Neck’s stellar softball season came to a close at North Rockland High School as the top-seeded Panthers fell to a powerful Valhalla squad 8-0 in the Class C championship game. The Panthers fell behind in the second inning when Valhalla plated its first run of the day, but Rye Neck suffered […]

Column: A farewell to arms

Over the last 20 years or so, pitch counts have become something of a hot-button issue in the baseball world. Not in the same way—for instance—concussions have taken the forefront in the world of football, but in the way that the discussion of the proper way to build-up arms seems to simmer just under the […]

Tigers top Mahopac

By MIKE SMITH   Although the rain has wreaked havoc upon the Section I playoff schedule this spring, it hasn’t yet washed out Mamaroneck’s hopes for a Class AA crown. With a win over Mahopac in the first round on May 23, the Tigers will continue their playoff push this week when the weather allows. […]

Harrison nipped by Dutchmen

By MIKE SMITH This year may not have been Harrison’s best baseball season, but a big out-bracket win against Pelham ensured Huskies players–and fans–have plenty to look forward to next year. With a 5-16 record, Harrison entered its May 21 out-bracket game against Pelham as decided underdogs. But, nine innings later, Harrison emerged victorious with […]

Broncos bow in outbracket

The Bronxville Broncos season ended on May 21with a loss to Dobbs Ferry in a Class B outbracket game. Though the game was close early on, Dobbs Ferry was able to pull away with a convincing 8-1 win over the home team. Bronxville got on the board first, plating a run on a throwing error […]

Tigers dodge Eagles

By MIKE SMITH Tuckahoe-Bronxville’s quarterfinal game against Yonkers Montessori at the Cottle School on May 27 may have been a wild affair but, when the dust settled, the Tigers were just where they were supposed to be, headed into the Class B semis with a victory under their belts. A furious Eagles rally threatened the […]