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Apr 19, 2017 2:29 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Sports Roundup: Mariners Baseball Has Key Matchup With Mattituck This Week; Nakia Williams Wins Jump-off

Southampton senior Bayron Alvarado defends against a Hauppauge player. MICHELLE MALONE
Apr 19, 2017 3:09 PM

In what may be the deciding series for the League VIII title, the Southampton baseball team dropped the first of a three-game set with host Mattituck on Monday, losing 10-0. Both teams, as of Tuesday morning, are tied in the standings with identical 8-2 league records. The second game of the series was played Wednesday, with the final game scheduled for Thursday, April 20, in Mattituck at 4:30 p.m.

Southampton swept Mercy last week and came into the Mattituck series in sole possession of first place after the Tuckers lost the final game of their series with Center Moriches on Friday. After a 3-0 victory at home on April 10, the Mariners went to Riverhead and won both games in a doubleheader on April 12. Aaron Krzyzewski pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout in the first game. He struck out eight. Devon O’Brien went 2 for 4 with a home run and Thomas Gabriele also went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Chad Pike followed up with a one-hit, complete-game shutout in the second game with eight strikeouts. O’Brien had another strong game at the plate, going 2 for 3 with two doubles and a run scored. Krzyzewski went 2 for 3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.

The Pierson/Bridgehampton baseball team completed its sweep of Greenport with a 10-1 victory on April 12 in Greenport. Sam Warne struck out eight and allowed three hits with no walks in five scoreless innings, and Aidan Crowley was a home run shy of the cycle. Raymond Maldonado added two hits. The Whalers (6-3 League IX) took the first two games of the series as part of a doubleheader on April 10.

The East Hampton baseball team (0-9 League VII) was swept by Shoreham/Wading River last week and lost the first game of a three-game series with Mount Sinai on Monday.

Track and Field

It took a jump-off, but Southampton senior Nakia Williams netted a victory at the Dennis Walker Championship Classic at Huntington High School on Saturday.

Williams and Huntington’s Kyree Johnson each cleared 6 feet 4 inches but Williams did it in less attempts, giving him the win. Johnson bested Williams in the long jump, though, with a leap of 21 feet 7½ inches to Williams’s 21 feet 6¾ inches, a personal best for the Mariner.

The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton boys and girls track teams were at the Port Jeff Steeplefest on April 12 and then the Lady Bonackers competed at the Suffolk Coaches Invitational at Sachem North High School on Saturday.

Almost every Lady Bonacker that competed at the Suffolk Coaches meet had personal bests. Allura Leggard placed sixth in the open 100-meter dash in a season best 12.85 seconds. Lily Mongan placed fifth in the freshman/sophomore high jump, reaching 4 feet 6 inches.

At the Steeplefest, Alden Powers finished sixth in the freshman 2,000-meter steeplechase, crossing the finish line in 8:38.98. Liana Paradiso placed eighth in the open 2,000-meter steeplechase in 8:15.30. Frank Bellucci placed sixth in the freshman boys 2,000-meter steeplechase in 7:30.94. Emilio “Geo” Espinoza placed sixth in the open 2,000-meter steeplechase in 6:43.17.

Lacrosse

The South Fork boys lacrosse team (2-3 Division II, 3-3 overall, 94.50 power points) lost, 14-8, at home to Hauppauge on April 12. The game was tied, 6-6, at halftime, but the Eagles came out and scored four unanswered third-quarter goals to take the lead for good. Southampton sophomore Connor Rozzi and East Hampton sophomore Cole Shaw each scored two goals. Pierson senior Bradley Toole made 16 saves in goal.

The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton girls lacrosse team lost, 16-8, at Westhampton Beach on Monday. The Lady Hurricanes jumped out to a 9-0 first-half lead. Elizabeth Bistrian, Hollie Schleicher and Jacqui Thorsen each scored two goals for the Lady Bonackers (2-3 Division III, 2-5 overall).

Boys Tennis

The Southampton boys tennis team started the week off right with a 7-0 victory at home over Hampton Bays. The Mariners (5-1 League VIII, 5-2 overall) won all of the games in two sets. Justin Hadix continued his strong start to the season with a 6-0, 6-0, victory at first singles over Felipe Salazar.

Softball

The East Hampton softball team (4-5 League IX) followed up its 8-5 extra-innings victory at Hampton Bays on Saturday with a 5-2 victory at home over Harborfields on Monday. Alexis Vargas scored two runs and Rebecca Kuperschmid drove in a run with a double in the win over the Lady Tornadoes.

The Lady Bonackers needed some heroics in the win on Saturday. Maddie Schenck drove in Alexis Vargas to break a 5-5 tie in the top of the ninth inning, then Schenck and Raven Biondo scored later in the inning to give East Hampton some insurance runs. Hampton Bays held a 3-0 lead through the bottom of the fifth but Olivia Brauer drove in Ella Gurney with a triple to tie the score at 3-3 in the top of the sixth. Both teams scored two runs in the eighth to force another inning. Sam Merritt pitched a complete game with one walk and eight strikeouts for East Hampton.

The Southampton softball team suffered its fourth consecutive loss on Monday, dropping a tight 3-2 game at Westhampton Beach. Brooke Walker hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to give Westhampton Beach a 3-1 lead. Walker was also strong in the pitching circle, allowing one earned run and two hits with seven strikeouts.

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