The East Hampton softball team fell just short of knocking off the team considered the favorite to win this year’s Suffolk County Class A championship, falling 3-2 in 10 innings to Sayville on the road Monday.
The Lady Bonackers took a 2-0 lead in the third inning off RBI singles from Deryn Hahn and Sam Mathews, but Sayville tied it with two runs on RBI extra-base hits in the bottom of the frame. After two scoreless extra innings, the teams went to the international tiebreaker rule in the 10th inning, starting with a runner on second base. East Hampton was unable to score in the top of the inning, and Sayville won it in the bottom of the frame when Kristin Bricker hit a fly ball to left field with no outs, driving in a run.
The fly ball would have been easily caught under normal circumstances, but with no outs and the bases loaded, East Hampton head coach Lou Reale was forced to play his outfielders in. He explained that even if his outfielders were in their normal area of the field and caught the ball, the runner at third would have been able to tag up and score.
Pitcher Casey Waleko took the loss, scattering 12 hits while recording four strikeouts and one walk. East Hampton had eight hits as a team, but Reale said he was most pleased with his team’s effort on defense. Several players, including second baseman Ceire Kenny and outfielder Courtney Dess, came up with big plays for East Hampton to help preserve the tie. The Lady Bonackers fell to 3-1 in League VII with the loss.
East Hampton Baseball
The East Hampton baseball team dropped to 1-3 in League VII after a 4-1 loss to Bayport/Blue Point on the road Monday.
East Hampton took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, but an error allowed Bayport to tie the game in the bottom of the frame, and they went on to score three more runs in the inning to take control. Michael Abreu took the loss for East Hampton, but he pitched well, according to head coach Ed Bahns.