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Jul 11, 2018 12:54 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

East Hampton Little League 11U Softball Advances Straight Through To State Tournament After Winning District Title

11U East Hampton All-Stars advanced past East End on Tuesday, July 10, to claim the District 36 Championship. CAROLINE DISUNNO
Jul 17, 2018 9:46 AM

As the sun began to set on Hampton Park West in Westhampton on July 10, sprinklers that were scheduled to turn on after the game began showering the field, inadvertently providing some relief from the mid-summer heat for nine East Hampton Little League softball players and a lone baserunner from the opposing East End team.

Already two hours into game two of the District 36 Little League Softball 11-and-under Championship game, the sprinklers were ultimately what called the game that was only in the bottom of the third inning. East Hampton, leading 34-2 at the time, was crowned the 2018 District 36 11U Champions.

East Hampton celebrated their win by running through the sprinklers, still in uniform with smiles from ear to ear, happy to be continuing their tournament run.

“They look like they’re ready to rock and roll,” East Hampton head coach Andy Barris laughed. “It was really about making it fun for the girls. We practiced a lot so we’re looking forward to the next round. They’re playing really, really well as a team.”

Typically teams that win the District 36 title advance to the Section IV Tournament, the next round in the road to the Little League Softball World Series, in Portland, Oregon. But with no other teams on Long Island entered in the 11U bracket, East Hampton got its ticket punched to the New York State Little League Championship, which begins on Wednesday, July 25, at Glens Falls Little League’s Robert J. Nolan Complex. Pool play games will start at 5 p.m. throughout the week leading up to the semifinals, which begin the following Saturday, July 28.

East Hampton began its best-of-three series against East End—made up of East Quogue, Quogue, Westhampton Beach, Westhampton, Remsenburg and Speonk residents—on Saturday, July 7, with a 23-1 victory. Barris said that the chemistry between the girls can be credited to ice breakers at the beginning of the tournament, such as water balloon fights, to bring the girls together.

“We’ve all coached in the [East Hampton] Little League, so we faced these girls,” he said. “It’s really cool that now they’re on the same team.”

Coached by Andy Barris, Heather Payne and Mike Ruddy, the East Hampton 11U All-Stars are made up of Harper Baris, Cloe Ceva, Susie DiSunno, Amina Guebli, Paige Herlihy, Georgia Kenny, Julia Kuneth, Katie Kuneth, Keri O’Donnell, Gabrielle Payne, Dakota Quackenbush, Sophia Rodriguez, Lila Ruddy and Sienne Salamy.

This year’s East End 11U All-Stars included Addison Celi, Ashley Erbis, Juliet Barnabee, Kayla Spanbock, Haley Waszkelewicz, Isabella Pinto, Jessica Curran, Melina Pinonzek, Sophia Sanders, Evangeline Wasser, Brooke Donahue, and Meghan Kelly. They are coached by Chris Erbis, Dave Celi and Jenn Judd.

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