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Jul 3, 2018 7:12 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

East End All-Stars Off To Tough Start In District 36 Tournament

Jul 3, 2018 2:43 PM

The East End Majors All-Star baseball team, comprised of kids age 12 and under, got off to a tough start in the District 36 Tournament that leads ultimately to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, but the coaches are hopeful the team can rebound from its losses.

The district tournament begins with pool play, and the top two teams in each pool advance to semifinals in a single-elimination playoff format. The winners of the semifinals move on to the championship on Saturday.

East End’s head coach Sean Brand said the team’s 16-1 loss to North Shore American in the opener on June 28 was due to a combination of things, including a two-hour weather delay, long travel time, and North Shore Little League regularly producing successful teams.

With clear skies on Saturday, June 30, East End didn’t travel far to their home field of Hampton Park West to take on the Mastic All-Stars.

Mastic got on the board in the first inning scoring three runs that were left unanswered until the fourth inning where a Mastic player lifted a ball over the fence in right center for a solo home run, tallying another onto the board for Mastic, 4-0.

Mastic began to rally again in the fifth, so East End called for relief pitchers.

“Dayne Isolia pitched phenomenal,” Brand said. “[Isolia] only let up three runs, we just didn’t respond and help him out with runs.”

After two pitching changes for East End in the fifth, Mastic ended up punching three extra insurance runs setting the score at 7-0, heading into the sixth and final inning.

A late-game push came from East End as they rallied for four runs lead by Hunter Mongomery, who hit a two-run triple and Gavin Brand, who hit a two-run home run, over the fence in right center field.

“The boys were excited, when [Mongomery] hit the triple, then [Brand] followed with a two-run shot, it was just a little too [short lived],” said Coach Brand.

The game closed out with the Majors taking their second loss in pool play, 7-4, but Brand hopes the momentum from Saturday carries into their games this week.

East End was scheduled to visit Mattituck on Monday, July 2, for the third round of pool play. The team will finish out pool play after a game against Riverhead on Tuesday, July 3, and then the final round on Saturday, July 7, against North Fork.

“I hope we build off of Saturday’s [success],” Brand said.”I think we’ll be aggressive.”

Unable to form a Minors team to match the Majors, Brand has welcomed two fourth-graders, Jacob Permakoff and Patrick Fay, onto the squad. The two would have made up the core of the Minors team, but were talented enough to help lead East End. Permakoff finds time behind the plate while Fay proves to be very comfortable at second base and shortstop for the Majors.

The East End Majors players are Robert Bertorello, Gavin Brand, Patrick Fay, T.J. Hill, Dane Isola, Will Jankowski, Hunter Montgomery, David Parascandola, Jacob Permakoff, Ethan Seltzer, Seth Terry, and Robert Urban. They are coached by Sean Brand, Ryan Fay and Andy Terry.

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