The East Hampton baseball team shook off what was a very rough start to the 2013 campaign by winning its first three-game series of the season in League VII, taking two of three games from Amityville last week to improve to 2-6 on the year. Amityville fell to the same record, and the teams sat at the bottom of the league standings as of Monday morning, behind Bayport/Blue Point (8-0), Mount Sinai and Shoreham/Wading River (both 4-3) and Elwood/John Glenn (3-5).
The Bonackers started the series with a 5-3 road loss on April 9, but came back to win, 4-0, at home the following day and, 6-2, in the rubber game at Amityville on April 11.
Maykell Guzman was the star in the win on April 10, the first of the season for the team. He pitched a complete game shutout with 13 strikeouts, giving up four hits and three walks. The Bonackers gave him run support with two runs in the third and two more in the fifth. Junior shortstop Brendan Hughes drove in the first run of the game on a single in the third inning, and he later came home on an error to make it 2-0.
Errors and more timely hits led to two more runs for the Bonackers in the fifth. Junior catcher Bryan Gamble had an RBI double in that inning. Hughes, Gamble and freshman Kyle McKee each had two hits in the win.
The final game of the series was moved to Thursday, a day earlier than originally scheduled, because of impending bad weather. Junior Peter Shilowich pitched six innings and gave up two unearned runs to get the win. He allowed three hits and struck out three. Freshman Dylan Lynch pitched in relief and gave up one hit with no walks.
East Hampton took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third, thanks to RBI singles from McKee and Gamble and a sacrifice groundout by Shilowich. In the fourth, Guzman drove in sophomore Max Lerner with a single to put East Hampton up, 4-0.
The Bonackers gave up two runs in the fifth after a few errors, cutting their lead to 4-2, but in top of the sixth, they scored two more to increase their deficit again. McKee drove in two runners with a base hit in that inning. He was 2 for 3 on the day with three RBIs, while Hughes was 3 for 4 with two runs and Lerner was 2 for 2 with two runs.
In the opener, East Hampton was behind the entire game. The Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the third and East Hampton cut it to 2-1 in the fourth, but Amityville came back with two more runs in the bottom of the winning to go up 4-1. The Warriors made it 5-1 in the fifth and then East Hampton mounted a bit of a comeback. The Bonackers scored two runs in the seventh and had runners on first and second with two outs before a strikeout ended the threat and the game.
East Hampton had only four hits on the day.ON THE SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 4/16, at Elwood/John Glenn, 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 4/17, vs. Elwood/John Glenn, 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 4/19, at Elwood/John Glenn, 4:30 p.m.