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Jul 3, 2018 2:02 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

East Hampton 12U Softball All-Stars Fall In District 36 Championship

The East Hampton 12U All-Stars defeated Bellport last week to reach the finals against North Shore. KYRIL BROMLEY
Jul 3, 2018 2:02 PM

What a difference a year makes.

Last year the East Hampton Little League 12-and-under softball All-Stars reached the finals of the District 36 Tournament only to lose to perennial powerhouse North Shore Little League, 28-0. A year later, East Hampton met up with North Shore once again in the finals on Friday evening at its complex in Rocky Point, and while they still took a loss it was a totally different game, with a final of 4-3, showing a marked improvement from a year ago.

“Last year they turned off the scoreboard because they were way ahead, so I was proud of us that they didn’t [this year] and we were in it,” said starting pitcher Caroline DiSunno after the game.

North Shore jumped on the board first in the bottom of the second inning when Hanna Cohen drove in Elizabeth Sabino for a 1-0 lead, and it remained that way until the top of the fifth due to an impressive pitching battle between North Shore’s Amanda Audia and DiSunno, who struck out eight in the effort.

“[DiSunno] really led the charge [this season],” said East Hampton head coach Tim Garneau. “She really kept us in all the games.”

Ella Eggert tied the game in the fifth for East Hampton with a suicide squeeze bunt to score Alyssa Brabant who beat the tag on a close play at the plate. Later in the inning, Katie Bruno beat out a throw to first with two outs which allowed both Eggert and Lola Garneau to score, giving East Hampton the 3-1 lead.

North Shore routinely produces teams that reach the state tournament year after year, and proved why with a pair of run-scoring singles in the very next inning from Cohen and Renee Stocken, which tied the game at 3-3. Then a bases-loaded walk allowed what would be the game-winning run to cross the plate.

With the win, North Shore advanced to sectionals with the hopes of making the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon. Although East Hampton was extinguished from the tournament two years in a row by North Shore, parents and coaches all congratulated the girls on a great game, and even better season.

After a 31-1 win over Bellport in the tournament opener back on June 23, East Hampton lost, 11-7, to North Shore the following day to drop down to the consolation bracket. East Hampton defeated Bellport once again, 13-2, on June 26 to force a rematch with North Shore.

“The team really came together [this year]. This is a team that’s been playing in a league against each other all year and these girls were picked from all the different teams and came together as an All-Star team,” said Garneau. He continued and said the girls practiced really hard all season and it paid off because they were able to play with the top competition very closely.

The 12-and-under All-Stars consisted of Gabrielle Miller, Gianna D’Agastino, Caroline DiSunno, Ryleigh O’Donnell, Lily Somers, Lyla Wilson, Lola Garneau, Alyssa Brabant, Ella Eggert, Melina Sarlo, Katie Bruno and Mia Reinhardtsen.

“Overall, it’s been a great experience working with the coaches and kids,” said Garneau.

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