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Jul 13, 2018 9:40 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

East Hampton Majors All-Stars Fall To Riverhead In District 36 Championship; Minors Eliminated From Sectionals

Carter Dickinson slides in to home plate in East Hampton's semifinal victory over North Shore on Tuesday. KYRIL BROMLEY
Jul 17, 2018 9:29 AM

Attempting to secure East Hampton Little League’s third District 36 Championship of the summer, the Majors All-Stars ran into a buzzsaw in Riverhead starting pitcher Mike Mowdy, and instead suffered a 4-1 loss in the 12-and-under title game at Stotzky Memorial Park on Thursday, July 12.

With the East Hampton Minors All-Stars (10U) and 11U softball teams already having won their respective district titles, East Hampton was primed to make it a third, having already discharged North Shore American in the semifinals on July 10 in a 9-0 dominant victory by its ace Jack Dickinson, who struck out 14. Riverhead had a few of its own top arms and turned to Mike Mowdy on Thursday, who struck out 12 batters and didn’t allow a hit until the sixth and final inning in the complete game effort. He also drove in three of Riverhead’s four runs.

East Hampton head coach Kenny Dodge said that when a player throws the way the Mowdy does, you just have to tip your cap to him.

“He threw strikes. It wasn’t like he was mixing it up too much, he wasn’t throwing curveballs, wasn’t throwing changeups. He was throwing fastballs right down the middle, and the kids just couldn’t catch up to it,” he said. “We have [an ace] too, unfortunately we pitched him to get here. Every team has a stud.”

Dodge continued and said that with the next round in the road to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the Section IV Tournament, beginning on Friday, Riverhead won’t have Mowdy available due to his pitch count from Thursday and is going to face an opponent’s ace, since the teams from up island had eight days off.

Milo Tompkins lined a single to right field for East Hampton’s first hit of the game with one out in the sixth on Thursday, then, when the right fielder’s throw sailed over the first baseman, Tompkins hustled to second base. Tyler Hansen then singled to center field to drive in Tompkins easily, but Hansen was caught in between first and second and tagged out. Nico Horan-Puglia grounded out to third for the final out of the game.

“Nothing but proud of these guys, and it just shows you where East Hampton baseball is heading,” Dodge said. “It’s heading in the right direction where we’re competing with all of these teams, schools, districts, and we’re putting up a fight.”

The majority of the Majors All-Stars will be aging out, with Carter Dickinson, Tyler Hansen and Justin Prince the lone three returning next season. Kieran Conlon, Jack Dickinson, Zachary Dodge, Cassius Hokanson, Nico Horan-Puglia, Michael Locascio, Juan Palacios, Isaac Rodriguez, Chase Siska and Milo Tompkins all played their last game of the district tournament.

“We got years ahead of us,” Dodge said. “Riverhead has their dynasty right now, we have to see where they head in the future. East Hampton has a bright future in baseball. I’m very proud of the kids.”

Minors Fall In Sectionals

The district champion East Hampton Minors All-Stars dropped both of their games in their Section IV Tournament last week to the eventual finalists. After losing to Sayville at the Locust Avenue Complex in Oakdale on July 10, the 10-and-under All-Stars were eliminated after a loss to East Meadow at Otsego Park in Dix Hills on Thursday, July 12. Sayville and East Meadow wound up playing one another on Sunday for the section title and the right to advance to the state tournament. Additional information, such as the scores of the games, was not provided.

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