After enduring a five-game losing streak, the Eastport South Manor boys lacrosse team appears to be back on track and, as of Tuesday morning, was riding a three-game winning streak.
The Sharks snapped their losing skid with a 12-8 victory at Harborfields on April 26, their first of two wins last week. ESM also defeated Hauppauge 11-6 at home on May 1 and then downed Rocky Point 16-9, also at home, on Friday, May 4.
The Sharks moved up the Division II standings with the three wins and with just one week remaining in the regular season. ESM is 7-5 in Division II, 9-5 overall, with 131.67 power points, good enough for fifth place behind cross-town rival Westhampton Beach. The top eight teams in the division qualify for the postseason. The Suffolk County Class B playoffs begin on Friday, May 18, at the higher seed’s home field.
Against Rocky Point, the Sharks came out firing in the first quarter and held a 9-2 lead going into the second. ESM was shut out in the second frame but still held a 9-4 advantage at halftime. ESM outscored Rocky Point 6-3 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Matt Prokesch scored four goals and had two assists for ESM in its win over Rocky Point while Ryan Curley scored a goal, notched five assists and scooped up 10 groundballs. Matt Ragiemerski had three goals and two assists while Tom Kenneally, Ryan Brisson, Tyler Aki and Frankie Denicola all scored two goals each.
Down 6-5 heading into the final quarter against Hauppauge, ESM scored seven unanswered goals to take the game. Prokesch had three goals and two assists, Austin Macchi won 17 of 20 faceoffs, and Brisson and Ragiemerski each scored two goals.
Hampton Bays Baseball
The Baymen dropped their three-game series against Mercy two games to one. After having already lost the first game of the series 10-2 at Mercy on April 30, Hampton Bays took the second game 6-5 at home on Friday, May 4. The Baymen lost the third and final game 10-4 back at Mercy the following day.
Hampton Bays is 5-12 in League VII.
The Baymen fought hard in their lone series win on Friday. Down a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Ryan Schultheis hit a game-tying single that scored Perry Friscia to make it 5-5 game and force extra innings.
Schultheis then stepped up in the bottom of the ninth inning and hit a walk-off single that scored Nick Giannone, the game-winning run. Schultheis finished 2 for 4 while Friscia finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored. Jack Kearney, coming off back-to-back one-hitters, pitched all nine innings and struck out 10 while only allowing four hits.
Westhampton Beach Baseball
The Hurricanes lost its lone game last week, dropping a 5-3 decision at Islip on Saturday.
Westhampton Beach will look to avoid a winless season when it plays its final series of the season against Miller Place this week.