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June 19, 2013

Riverhead's Crohan Wins Yaz Award


Riverhead High School's Matt Crohan has been named the 2013 recipient of the Yastrzemski Award, presented annually to the most outstanding baseball player in Suffolk County.

The lefty fire baller is the first Blue Wave to garner the award, which has been given out since 1968.

Competing against the largest-enrollment schools in Suffolk's tough Class AA, Crohan proved overpowering. He hurled a pair of no-hitters and at one point spun 44 innings without yielding an earned run. Crohan was presented the trophy at the annual county awards dinner last Wednesday night.

The award is named for Bridgehampton's Carl Yastrzemski, who became the first East Ender to make the big leagues. He later won the American League Triple Crown in 1967 and is a member of the Major League Hall of Fame. He played for the Boston Red Sox for 22 years.

"Everyone in this room is so talented and everyone had such great years," Crohan said at the awards banquet at Villa Lombardi. "To be recognized for that just feels great."

Crohan was also named MVP of League IV and was named Newsday's Long Island Player of the Year. He is a member of the all LI First Team. Crohan recently signed to play at Winthrop University (see photo at right) in South Carolina. Though he intends to focus on pitching, Crohan is a topnotch hitter as well – he hit over .400 this season with two homers and 12 ribbies. He went 6-1 on the hill with 104 strikeouts in only 47 innings. He yielded only one run the entire season.

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