Losses are piling up for the East Hampton softball team, both on the field, and in the health department, as well.
Becca Kuperschmid, arguably the team’s top player, and, without a doubt, its most seasoned player, may have a torn labrum in her shoulder that could keep her out, for the very least, an entire month, head coach Annemarie Brown said, which is half the season at this level.
Sophomore catcher Katrina Osterberg also suffered an injury last week, and will miss significant time as well, Brown added.
Although they’re just two players, the roles Kuperschmid and Osterberg played on the team have had such an impact that it has forced Brown to make a number of changes to the lineup, including giving a pair of eighth-graders in Emily Kennedy and Alyssa Brabant significant playing time.
Kennedy has been playing shortstop for the injured Kuperschmid while Brabant has seen some time in the pitching circle. Other changes include putting senior Mary MacDonald at third base, senior Raven Biondo behind the plate for Osterberg and senior Claire Hopkins in right field.
Kuperschmid and Osterberg both went down in the Lady Bonackers’ 19-1 loss to Mount Sinai at home on March 27. The reigning Class A Long Island Champion Lady Mustangs scored 13 of their runs in the final two innings.
East Hampton also hosted Mattituck in a non-league game on Friday, and trailed the Lady Tuckers by four runs after the top of the first. But the Lady Bonackers got one of those runs back in the bottom of the first and scored two in the fourth to make it a one-run game, and despite allowing two runs in the top of the sixth, they scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take an 8-6 lead heading into the final inning. Mattituck rallied in the top of the seventh, though, and regained the lead on Jaden Thompson’s two-out, three-run home run to center field.
East Hampton traveled to Miller Place on Monday and suffered a 15-0 loss, to fall to 1-2 in League V play (1-3 overall). Brown said that her team lacked offense, and did not make the routine plays in the field in the loss. So she had her varsity team scrimmage the junior varsity on Tuesday, when she pitched to her players, and Brabant, who Brown said did an amazing job against Miller Place, pitched against the JV. Brown was an extremely successful pitcher for East Hampton during her playing days there and went on to have a record-breaking career in college.
“I think I need to pitch batting practice, so that the girls get used to faster pitching with different pitches,” she explained. “We will see how it goes.”
East Hampton hosts Sayville on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and will play at Westhampton Beach the following day, again at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Bonackers are also scheduled to host Bayport/Blue Point this Monday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m.