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ESM Softball On Six-Game Winning Streak

Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
  May 14, 2012 3:30 PM
May 14, 2012 10:23 PM

The Eastport South Manor softball team came from behind for a 3-2 victory at home over Harborfields on Friday.

ESM sophomore Nina Gaita drove in a run with single in the bottom of the sixth inning, then senior Michelle Amendola roped a two-run home run to make up the final score. Sophomore Kyra Konkel allowed just one earned run on one hit in the complete game and struck one nine Harborfields batters.

The win improved ESM to 13-3 in League V, 14-3 overall, as the Lady Sharks hold steady at second place behind Islip (14-2 in League V, 14-3 overall). ESM was slated to play its final three regular season games this week, including the season finale at Islip on Wednesday.

The Suffolk County Class AA playoffs begin Tuesday, May 22, at the higher seed’s home location at 4 p.m. As of Monday, seedings had not been decided for ESM and other teams. For up-to-the-date brackets, go to www.sectionxi.org and click on “brackets.”

Hampton Bays Baseball

Though the Baymen won’t be making the playoffs this season, they will have at least one thing to be proud about: they are one of only two League VIII teams to have beaten Babylon this season.

Hampton Bays won, 7-4, at Babylon on Thursday, May 10, before losing its season finale, 8-4, at home the following day.

The Baymen (6-14 in League VIII) handed the Panthers their second loss of the season thanks, in large part, to sophomore Jack Kearney. He tossed his fourth consecutive complete game, allowing just three earned runs, with seven strikeouts. Kearney had pitched back-to-back one-hitters before pitching all nine innings in a 6-5 win over Mercy on May 4. Hampton Bays sophomore Ryan Schultheis went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Hampton Bays will be graduating a handful of players come June: Alex Boyer, Perry Friscia, Ben Frost, Dan Martel and Brian O’Connor will all be leaving the program.

Westhampton Beach Softball

The Lady Hurricanes split its games last week, and, with just two games remaining on the schedule, they will not make the Suffolk County Class A playoffs this season.

After winning 5-2 at home over Elwood/John Glenn on Thursday, May 10, the Lady Canes lost, 13-1, at Sayville the next day. Westhampton Beach is 6-11 in League VI, 7-11 overall. Teams have a .500 record in order to qualify for the postseason.

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