The East Hampton softball team continued its dominance last week, making quick work of two opponents to extend its winning streak to seven games and improve to 10-1 on the year, tied for first in League VI with Sayville.
The Lady Bonackers beat Bellport, 15-2, at home on April 24, and needed only five innings to do it, scoring enough runs to put the mercy rule into effect. The following day, they traveled to Comsewogue and were firing on all cylinders once again, beating the Lady Warriors, 11-0.
Prior to a scheduled game at Harborfields (0-11 in League V, 1-11 overall) on Monday, the Lady Bonackers had beaten seven straight opponents, averaging 10.4 runs in those wins, while allowing an average of just 2.4 runs. They outscored their opponents in that stretch 73-17.
On Sunday, head coach Lou Reale was complimentary of his team’s efforts in the wins, but was quick to point out that things were about to get tougher for his squad in the coming weeks. The Lady Bonackers are scheduled to face Islip, the first-place team in League V, as well as fellow League VI foes Westhampton Beach, Rocky Point, Shoreham/Wading River, Miller Place, Sayville and Elwood/John Glenn. Thus far, League VI teams have proven to be much stronger than the squads in League V, so Reale is expecting tougher battles as the season winds down.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to Reale, who said playing the weaker teams can lead to a false sense of security. “You know you can make a couple mistakes and still win,” he said. “Against the better teams, you can’t make mistakes at all.”
In the win over Comsewogue, the Lady Bonackers took a few innings to get going, but once they did, the floodgates opened. They broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning, going up 4-0 after a three-run homer by Sam Mathews. East Hampton added six more runs in the fifth, and Ellie Cassel capped the scoring with a solo homer in the top of the seventh.
Casey Waleko took care of the rest on the mound, pitching a one-hitter—she gave up a single in the fourth inning—striking out 12 and walking none.
Mathews was 2 for 4 with four RBIs, Cassel had two hits and two RBIs, catcher Kathryn Hess had two hits and three RBIs, and third baseman Deryn Hahn had two hits.
Against Bellport, East Hampton broke the game open with nine runs in the fourth inning. The Lady Bonackers hit the ball well but were also helped out by three Bellport errors in that inning. The nine-run frame gave East Hampton a 12-1 lead.
Mathews pitched that day and got the win, allowing three hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Waleko was 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs, while shortstop Ali Harned was 2 for 4 with two runs. Cassel was also 2 for 4, and Hahn had two hits.ON THE SCHEDULE: Wednesday, 5/2, vs. Islip, 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 5/3, vs. Westhampton Beach, 4:30 p.m.; Monday, 5/7, at Rocky Point, 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 5/9, vs. Shoreham, 4:30 p.m.